Is Taking the Driving School My Best Option?
If you or a loved one recently received a traffic citation in St. Petersburg, Clearwater, or the surrounding cities of Pinellas County, you are likely worried that points may be assessed against your license that will result in increased insurance premiums. As a result, the objective for many individuals who contact our highly experienced traffic ticket defense law firm is to avoid a formal conviction and avoid points.
Driving School May Not Be Your Only Option
Most people know that taking a driving school may be a method by which he or she can avoid the imposition of points against his or her driver’s license. Often times, the police officer who issued the citation will inform the individual of this option. However, this option has its limitations.
First and foremost, there are only a limited number of times that one can use the traffic school. In that regard, an individual can “elect” to take the driving school only once every twelve months, and only five times in a lifetime.
Second, it may be possible to avoid spending four hours of time completing the driving school, while still avoiding the points.
The Option that the Police Don’t Tell You About
In many cases, our top-rated traffic ticket defense lawyers can avoid the imposition of points through direct negotiation with the traffic court judge assigned to our clients’ cases. Our attorneys will advocate on your behalf and point out the mitigating circumstances of your case in an effort to secure a disposition from the judge in which the Court “withholds adjudication.” This legal strategy allows our clients to avoid a formal conviction while at the same time saving the driving school election.
What Steps Should You Take If You Received a Ticket?
If you received a ticket for speeding, running a stop sign, failing to stop at a red light, careless driving, or any other moving violation, we would recommend that you take the following steps to ensure that you receive the best possible outcome for your case:
- Look at the date on the ticket! You only have 30 days to take action with respect to the ticket. Your failure to do so will result in increased fines and a suspension of your driver’s license;
- Call a top-rated traffic ticket lawyer. When you call our team of traffic ticket lawyers, we will explain all of the options that exist so that you can make a fully-informed decision as to how you should proceed.
- Don’t Panic! After you retain our office, we will file the appropriate paperwork with the Clerk of Court which will stop the 30-day clock. Our team of lawyers has been representing individuals charged with traffic violations since the mid-1980’s. You can rest assured that you are in good hands.
If you have received a moving violation in St. Petersburg, Clearwater, or other area of Pinellas County, call our office to schedule a free consultation right away!