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How Traffic Violations Affect You

question marksYour driving record affects your life in more ways than just your ability to drive. A good record can mean lower insurance rates, and a higher credit score. Drivers with an accumulation of points on their records pay more for insurance and can face suspension of their driving privileges. In a mobile society, the ability to drive is a necessity. Going to and from work, taking the kids to Church and school, and being able to visit family and friends are all a part of well-rounded, happy life. Safeguard your right to drive by contacting one of the attorneys at Ferraro Law Group specializing in traffic violations.

Information about points on your driving record can obtained from the Florida Department of Highway and Safety and Motor Vehicles. For example:

● Various driving offenses are assigned a certain point value

● Once a certain number of points accumulates; your driver’s license will be suspended

● The more points accumulated in a certain time period, the longer the suspension of driving privileges lasts

To maintain a good driving record, keep your insurance rates low, and keep your driver’s license you need aggressive representation for any traffic violation. This includes tickets for even the most minor of infractions, up to the more serious offense of leaving the scene of an accident. We examine the facts of your case and identify all witnesses, including the officer that wrote the ticket. You have the right to a hearing, where that officer must appear and give testimony. We are experienced in identifying defects in the citation process, and using those defects to your benefit. Keeping points off your record is our goal, as we explore the options of your case, from remedial opportunities such as driving school to outright dismissal of the charges against you.

Call our office to schedule a free initial consultation with a traffic violation attorney with experience defending traffic tickets. Keep your driving privileges and keep your record clean. Call today to make an appointment.

The Difference Between a Misdemeanor and a Felony

prison barsThe difference between a misdemeanor and a felony may not cross your mind, until you have been arrested. For people facing criminal charges, the distinction between the two types of cases means significant differences in possible jail time and amount of fines due to be paid. Jail time associated with a felony charge is generally greater than the amount of fail time associated with misdemeanor charges. However, a misdemeanor conviction still has lasting effects. The lawyers at Ferraro Law Group are versed in all types of crimes, and believes no case should be ignored. Even small cases such as traffic violations deserve attention. Our strategy is to develop several defenses, so you have choices and can make a decision that is best for your circumstance and that fits the specific and unique facts of your case.

The amount of jail time is the biggest difference between a misdemeanor and a felony. Both classes of crimes carry jail sentences, but a conviction for a misdemeanor will have a shorter amount of time to serve. Misdemeanors have jail time that is less than a year, but the Court imposes longer jail terms for felony convictions. An aggressive defense strategy is necessary to minimize the sentence for your charges. To put your best defense forward, you should call an attorney for help immediately. Be sure to::

● Tell the whole story: what may seem unimportant to you may not be insignificant to your attorney and your defense

● Taking notes: keep a written record of any witnesses so your attorney will know who to interview and how to contact them

● Evidence preservation: when your case includes damage to the property of another person, or a physical harm to another person, be sure to take photos so the evidence of what happened is preserved

Our goal is to form a strategy of defense that is specially tailored to your case. In order to do this, our legal professionals work closely with you. We do not treat cases any differently depending on the type of charge, misdemeanors and felonies are given the same attention by our skilled staff.

We understand being arrested is frightening. Not knowing where to turn can make the experience all the more intimidating. We take our job of calming your nerves seriously, and explain the process in a way that makes sense to you and gives you comfort. Call Ferraro Law Group for defense of misdemeanors or felonies in Stuart. Your first visit is a free consultation.

Obscure Traffic Law Alert!

Traffic Law Violation

Be sure to come to a complete stop, or you are committing a traffic law violation even without a stop sign.

In case you didn’t know, it is a traffic law infraction to cross a sidewalk without stopping first with all four tires when leaving a parking lot – even if there is no stop sign.  This traffic law is a civil infraction, which means you can’t go to jail for it, but you can be fined.  And, it is a reason for an officer to pull you over and investigate whether he thinks anything fishy is going on.

Just last week here in Martin County, a local DUI and traffic law judge sentenced a man to a $500 penalty for crossing a sidewalk without stopping first. It was late at night and there was no vehicle or pedestrian traffic on the roadway or sidewalk.  In that case, the officer wrote the traffic ticket and after engaging the man, also arrested him for DUI.  His prior driving record was insignificant.  The man exercised his right to a trial by a jury of his peers on the DUI.  The jury found him Not Guilty of DUI after hearing and seeing all of the evidence.  But juries don’t decide the facts on noncriminal traffic law violations, and they never decide the penalties – that’s for the judge to do.

The $500 dollar fine that the judge imposed was the maximum sentence for that traffic law violation.  Was the maximum penalty imposed because the judge felt so strongly about drivers failing to stop at a sidewalk with no traffic in the middle of the night; or was it punishment for being found Not Guilty of a DUI by a jury of his peers?  Regardless of which reason motivated the judge to rule this way, we as citizens get to decide if this is the brand of justice we expect and want from our local judges?  Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t.  You’re turn to be the judge.  What do you think about it?