Did You Get a SunPass Ticket or Violation?
In July 2007, failure to pay a required toll became a moving violation with serious consequences. our attorneys can help you fight your toll tickets. Our Traffic ticket lawyers know that people in Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, and throughout Florida are being held accountable for Sunpass violations they didn’t commit or knew nothing about.
In some cases, the Florida SunPass transponder malfunctioned. In others cases the unpaid toll notice, violation warning letter and uniform traffic citations were sent to an old address – even though the account owner had sent SunPass an update. SunPass employees have even misread license plate numbers, sending violation notices to innocent people.
Cost of SunPass Violations
Each SunPass violation can result in $100 or more civil penalty, Three points assessed against your driver’s license, Assessment of court costs, Vehicle registration suspension, and Driver’s license suspension. If you have been cited for multiple violations, you can end up being branded a habitual offender. Your license may be suspended for up to five years. Contact us now. We are Serving Clients Statewide. Don’t let bureaucratic bungling or an innocent mistake ruin your life. Contact us for effective legal representation in toll violation cases. We are dedicated to helping you minimize the negative consequences of SunPass violations. We work to get the violation dismissed or the penalties reduced in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties. You can rely on us to help you achieve the best possible outcome given the specifics of your case.
Call us at (866) 433-3363 for your fast, free, and no obligation phone consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Generally, no. However, due to the mobility of cars, time does not permit a search warrant to be obtained. As a result, vigilant police are motivated to search suspicious automobiles. However, the police officer must have probable cause to believe that contraband is concealed somewhere. In essence, merely being stopped for speeding should not allow the officer to search your car; however, if the officer saw you throw an empty beer can out the window that may be sufficient probable cause to search your car. Or, if the officer smells marijuana as he approaches the car, he may have a reasonable suspicion to search. It is unreasonable to make a search of an automobile when the arrest is for a minor traffic violation (like speeding), as a subterfuge for a search for evidence of a serious crime. Yet, the many automobile exceptions are based on the lower expectation to the right of privacy in a car versus a home and the fact that cars are mobile and evidence can be more readily disposed.
There is something called the Driver’s License Compact which is an agreement between states to share driving record information with one another. So, getting a ticket in Texas will more than likely show up in New York and vice versa. However, although that is the case, there is always the slight possibility that it won’t. There are currently 5 states which do not share information with the rest of the country. They are Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. So, if you get a ticket in one of these states, chances are your home state will not find out about it.
This is a very popular misconception. Although the ‘right’ mistakes on a ticket do have the power to have it dismissed, most mistakes don’t. Things like misspelled names, a slight variation of color written down for your vehicle, and similar mistakes will not have a bearing on the case. The right mistakes are what the court calls ‘fatal flaws’ on a ticket.
If it’s for a moving violation such as speeding, ignoring it may result in a suspended license and/or a bench warrant being issued for your arrest. This is true even if you got the ticket outside of your home state.
Regardless of whether or not you are guilty of exceeding the speed limit by a few miles, it isn’t fair for you to have to pay $300 – $1,000 price tag! When you add the raised insurance premiums, you stand to lose a lot of money. It’s in your best financial interest to fight all traffic tickets… guilty or not!
If you get a traffic ticket, a defense attorney can appear for you at a hearing, challenge the law enforcement officer to prove the infraction beyond a reasonable doubt, and minimize the damage to your driving record by requesting that no points be assessed by the court. As your traffic ticket attorneys, we may be able to get the court to allow you to take a driving school option when you are ineligible by statute, either due to a recent driving school election or because the maximum school allowance has been surpassed. We also plea bargain with the Judge for the best result.
A suspension will be entered against your driver’s license which could affect your insurance rates and subject you to additional penalties.
A civil traffic infraction is a non-criminal charge such as a speeding violation, that can usually be disposed of by payment of a civil penalty or an election to attend a defensive driving school course. A court appearance is not required, except in cases were the violation involves an accident, excessive speed, accident with serious bodily injury or fatality to another.
A criminal traffic or misdemeanor charge requires a court appearance and carries with it criminal penalties which may include a fine and/or the possibility of a jail term. These include reckless driving, driving under the influence DUI or DWI, racing, etc. In many instances, the police will arrest you for these traffic criminal violations.