West Palm Beach Traffic Crimes Attorney
Defending Clients Who Are Facing Traffic Crime Charges in Palm Beach County
If you've been accused of a traffic crime, you could face more than just a fine. These criminal offenses can be charged as either misdemeanors or felonies, which may result in incarceration on top of a monetary penalty. Additionally, a conviction for a criminal traffic offense may have collateral consequences – those that are not imposed by a court but can severely impact a person's life.
For instance, a felony conviction may lead to difficulties getting or retaining a job or finding a place to live. Because the consequences may be life-changing and long-lasting, you need a lawyer on your side who will fight to minimize or prevent these penalties.
Why Hire the Law Offices of Greg Rosenfeld, P.A.
At the Law Offices of Greg Rosenfeld, our West Palm Beach traffic crimes attorney is ready to provide the legal representation you need. One of the most sacred principles in our criminal justice system is the presumption of innocence, and we will work tirelessly to hold the government to its burden. We work hard to uncover the facts of your case to develop an innovative strategy and challenge the accusations made against you.
Having handled thousands of criminal cases and obtaining favorable results for past clients, our lawyer knows what it takes to effectively fight charges. Whether your case can be settled out of court or must be taken to trial, we will leverage our knowledge and resources to work toward an optimal result on your behalf.
Have you been accused of a traffic crime? Call Law Offices of Greg Rosenfeld, P.A., today at (561) 902-1122 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with our West Palm Beach traffic crimes lawyer.
Types of Traffic Crimes in Florida
Although some minor traffic violations are penalized by only a fine, other traffic offenses can result in a fine and incarceration. Florida has various traffic laws that categorize these crimes as misdemeanors or felonies. Thus, anyone accused of an offense should take the matter seriously, as a conviction could upend his or her life.
Below are a few examples of traffic crimes in Florida:
- Driving while license suspended: If a person knowingly operates a vehicle while his or her driver's license is suspended, revoked, or canceled, he or she could be charged with a second-degree misdemeanor. For subsequent offenses, the charge can be prosecuted as a first-degree misdemeanor or third-degree felony.
- Fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer: It's illegal for a driver to intentionally fail to stop for an officer after he or she has been signaled to do so. This offense can be charged as a first, second, or third-degree felony, which carries punishments that include imprisonment, probation, and/or fines.
- Leaving the scene of an accident: Drivers involved in accidents must stop their vehicles near the scene and fulfill their legal duties, including exchanging information and providing reasonable assistance. Failing to do so may result in a second-degree misdemeanor if property damage occurred, a third-degree felony if someone was injured, a second-degree felony if serious injury resulted, or a first-degree felony if the accident resulted in death.
- Racing on a highway: In Florida, a person cannot participate in a "street race," whether as a driver, passenger, or facilitator. The offense is a misdemeanor, and the penalties vary depending on the nature of the offense.
- Reckless driving: Operating a vehicle in a manner that shows a willful disregard for the safety of others is punishable by up to 90 days in jail, 6 months of probation, and/or a fine of $500. For a second offense, the crime is punishable by up to 6 months in jail, 6 months of probation, and/or a fine of up to $1,000. If property damage is caused, the offense is a first-degree misdemeanor. If serious bodily injury results, it's a third-degree felony.
- Vehicular homicide: This crime occurs when a person operates a vehicle in a manner likely to cause death or great bodily harm and in doing so, kills another human being. This offense is a second-degree felony, but it may be charged as a first-degree felony if the driver fails to render aid.
Contact Our Traffic Crimes Lawyer in West Palm Beach Today
The criminal justice system is complex, and if you've been charged with a criminal traffic offense, you need an experienced lawyer to guide you through your case. At the Law Offices of Greg Rosenfeld, P.A., our West Palm Beach lawyer knows the judicial process well and can deliver the guidance you need.
We'll be beside you throughout your case, providing sound advice to help you make informed decisions along the way.
Contact the Law Offices of Greg Rosenfeld, P.A., today to get started with our West Palm Beach traffic crimes attorney.