An individual that has been charged with a traffic offense in the Florida Panhandle may not realize they could be charged with serious penalties and repercussions for even the slightest traffic citation or moving violation without the assistance of an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Florida law provides for a driving point system, which can ultimately cause a driver to have their driver’s license suspended or revoked for even a speeding ticket. Additionally, offenses such as vehicular homicide, driving with a suspended license, or hit and run can result in jail or prison sentences and/or steep fines.
In order to avoid points or to have the charges against you reduced or even dismissed, it is essential to contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer in the Florida Panhandle. The state prosecutor must prove you committed every element of your alleged traffic offense beyond a reasonable doubt. This is a very difficult burden to meet and if the judge or jury has any doubt in the prosecutor’s case, the charges against you may be reduced or even dismissed.
Contact Adkinson Law Firm, LLC for a consultation about your alleged traffic offense throughout the Florida Panhandle, including the areas of Crestview, South Walton, Fort Walton Beach, Milton, Navarre, DeFuniak Springs, Pensacola and Panama City. The attorneys of Adkinson Law Firm, LLC are knowledgeable in all areas of Florida’s driving laws and will make every effort to help you avoid the most serious penalties and repercussions to your alleged offense. Contact Adkinson Law Firm, LLC for a free consultation today at if you have been charged with a traffic crime throughout Destin and South Walton.
Florida assigns points to every driver’s record if they are charged with certain traffic offenses or if they admit guilt to a traffic offense by paying a fine associated with the traffic citation. However, if a traffic ticket is dismissed, the alleged offender will not receive any points on their driving record. The driving point system assigns more points to more serious offenses and fewer points for less serious violations. If a driver reaches the maximum number of points for a given period of time, their driver’s license can be suspended or revoked. The
Under Fla. Stat. § 322.27(3), the points for certain traffic offenses are as follows:
As defined in Fla. Stat. § 322.27, if an individual acquires too many points on their driving record within the time periods listed below, they can face the following periods of suspension:
If an individual has received a license suspension from too many points on their driving record, it is important to contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer in the Florida Panhandle who may be able to the driver apply for a hardship license or restricted driving privileges. A driver may be eligible to receive a hardship license if the driver completes a driving improvement course, pays any fees as requested by the Okaloosa County clerk and pays a license reinstatement fee.
According to Fla. Stat. § 322.264, an individual who has committed several criminal traffic offenses within a specified period of time can be classified as a Habitual Traffic Offender, or HTO. This classification can result in driver’s license revocation for five years or a permanent revocation.
Anyone who commits the following can be classified as an HTO:
Some of the most commonly charged criminal traffic offenses in the Florida Panhandle are as follows:
Florida law provides the general statutory penalties for criminal traffic offenses in sections 775.082, 775.083 or 775.084 of the Florida Statutes. These penalties can vary depending on many factors, including whether the offense resulted in death or bodily injury, whether the alleged offender has any prior criminal convictions, and whether the alleged offender had the required mental state for the alleged offense.
Okaloosa County Clerk of Circuit Court – The Okaloosa County Clerk’s office provides miscellaneous information and frequently asked question regarding traffic tickets, criminal traffic charges and civil traffic infractions on this website. The Okaloosa County Clerk of Circuit Court is located at:Okaloosa County Clerk
Florida Statutes Online – Chapter 316 of the Florida Statutes, also known as the State Uniform Traffic Control, defines many of the state’s traffic offenses, including reckless driving, careless driving, hit and run and most moving violations, in addition to the penalties an individual can face if they are convicted of a criminal traffic offense.
Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FDHSMV) – This link is the Florida driving point system on the FDHSMV’s website. The FHDSMV enforces and regulates the state’s traffic laws and provides information on driver’s licenses, the state’s driving point system, and Florida’s motor vehicle laws.
Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) – The FDOT is a state government department that maintains supports and upholds the state’s traffic laws and aims to decrease the severity, frequency, rate and potential for motor vehicle accidents throughout the state.
If you have been accused of a criminal traffic offense throughout the Florida Panhandle, including the areas of Okaloosa County, Santa Rosa County, Bay County, Walton County, Holmes County, Washington County and Escambia County, contact Adkinson Law Firm, LLC today.
Clay Adkinson of Adkinson Law Firm, LLC is an experienced DeFuniak Springs criminal defense lawyer who will make every effort to help you achieve the most desirable outcome for your particular situation. Contact Adkinson Law Firm, LLC today for a free consultation at or send an online message about your alleged traffic offense today.