Represent Yourself? …this is usually an unwise decision, since the judge will require you to know and follow the Florida Rules of Evidence and Criminal Procedure. Your lack of legal training will not excuse you from these requirements.
Ultimately, that will be your decision to make. To begin with, anyone who either wants a trial or is facing jail time will almost certainly need an attorney. An attorney who has a background in traffic defense may investigate any possible legal defenses you might have, such as lack of probable cause to stop your vehicle, improper calibration of the speed measuring device, and traffic citations which were improperly prepared by the police officer citing the wrong statute number. An attorney may also contact the prosecutors at an early stage in the proceedings, if there are facts or witnesses that need to be presented in your defense. The attorney may also investigate certain diversionary programs you may be eligible to participate in, such as traffic pretrial intervention.
The Law Offices of Jeffrey A. Haynes…
can represent you on a non criminal traffic infraction if necessary, and will either challenge the ticket in court, or Mr. Haynes can normally negotiate a sentence where no points are assessed against your driver’s license.
Florida has two types of traffic offenses, which are defined as being either criminal traffic violations or non-criminal infractions.
non-criminal traffic infractions include:
- driving while license suspended without knowledge
- speeding tickets
- vehicle equipment violations
- minor accident violations
PLEASE NOTE: A non-criminal infraction may very well result in a fine, as well as points being assessed against your driver’s license, but in Florida it cannot result in a jail sentence.