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Criminal Traffic Offenses

I am attorney Eric Dirga and I have been practicing criminal law in the Central Florida area since 1995. I have represented hundreds of people charged with criminal traffic offenses.

Criminal traffic offenses are the most common and most insidious crimes with which a person can be charged. Often considered innocuous, these offenses can have long term damaging effects on your future.

Common Criminal Traffic Crimes

Below are a list of some of the more common criminal traffic offenses charged in Florida, with a brief description. Have you been charged with one of these offenses? Contact me now.

Note, all below listed offenses can impact your ability to maintain a valid drivers license.

DUI, BUI, or Drunk Driving/Boating

DUI is the most popularized traffic offense. It became a targeted offense for enhancement in the early ’80s with the advent of the breathalyzer. The is a serious offense because the consequences of a conviction will have a long term affect on your life.

Moreover, once you receive a ticket for DUI/BUI, you only have a few days to respond to protect your ability to drive for work and other necessities. If you wait, you will have your license taken away.

Section 316.193, Florida Statutes, Driving Under the Influence

Reckless Driving

Reckless driving is rarely charged at roadside. Unlike “careless driving,” which is associated with traffic accidents, reckless driving is a criminal offense. The reckless driving charge is more commonly given as a alternative plea for people who have been arrested for DUI.

Section 316. 192, Florida Statutes, Reckless Driving

Leaving the Scene of an Accident

The legislature enhanced the penalties of this offense several years ago with the realization that many people who leave the scene of an accident they are involved in, do so because they have been drinking and fear being charged with DUI.

Fleeing & Eluding Law Enforcement

Fleeing and eluding law enforcement, basically not stopping when being pulled over, is a felony offense and requires a license suspension if the accused is found guilty. The severity of punishment for this offense is often determined by the description of the events surrounding the arrest.

This is a very serious offense, that can include minimum mandatory imprisonment, forfeiture of the vehicle, and license suspension.

Section 316.1935, Florida Statutes, Fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer

Failure to Obey Law Enforcement Officer

‘Failure to obey law enforcement officer’ is the less sever sibling to ‘fleeing and eluding law enforcement.’ This is when a law enforcement officer or fire department personnel directs you to drive in a particular manner and you fail to do so. Can be used as a offense in lieu of Fleeing and Eluding.

Knowingly Driving on a Suspended License

There are multiple ways to get your license suspended. Knowingly driving on a suspended license is a misdemeanor. The civil citation (traffic ticket) cousin to this offense is “Unknowingly Driving on a Suspended License.” Unfortunately, the fact of whether you knew or did not know your license was suspended is usurped by the discretion of the issuing law enforcement officer.

These citations, both criminal and civil, should always be addressed by an attorney because the ramifications to maintaining a “valid” drivers license is heavily impacted by guilty dispositions and resolutions that do not impact your license can be easily achieved by a criminal defense lawyer.

Section 322.34, Florida Statutes, Driving while license suspended, revoked, canceled, or disqualified.

Driving Without a Valid License & Expired License

Easily mistaken as a civil traffic ticket, this citation has less ramifications than either “Driving on a Suspended License” offenses, but it remains a criminal misdemeanor.

If you are driving and have never been licensed or your license has been expired for more than six months, you can me charged with this criminal offense.

Many people simply go to court and accept the offer from the court or the prosecutor. By entering a plea of ‘guilty’ or ‘no contest’ to this offense can have long term repercussions.

Section 322.03, Florida Statutes, Drivers Must Be Licensed

Racing on Highway

Don’t let the name fool you. This can be a lot of different driving behaviors and none are required to be on a highway. Courts and prosecutors do not take kindly to this offense. The good news is that often there are viable defenses. You should always have a lawyer represent you for this offense.

Section 316.191, Florida Statutes, Racing on Highways

Other Offenses

There are many other criminal traffic offenses, including the very serious DUI Manslaughter, Vehicular Manslaughter, and Vehicular Homicide. All criminal traffic offenses should be taken seriously and acted on immediately. Some, like DUI, have serious time limitations for protection your ability to legally drive.

Hiring a Criminal Traffic Lawyer

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