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Where's Waldo? Traffic Ticket Defense in Waldo Florida

Waldo, Florida is located in Alachua County along US Highway 301. Many people and AAA feel that Waldo is a speed trap. Although the signage has improved in recent years, the speed changes frequently and the school zone in Waldo from US 301 Southbound onto SR-24 is difficult to manage, especially if you are not from here. Many people from out of state call the office after receiving a traffic citation looking for a lawyer to handle traffic ticket defense due to an alleged traffic violation in Waldo.

What can you do if you were issued a traffic ticket in Waldo? In every traffic violation case you have three options. First you could just pay the citation, you will receive points on your license, your insurance may increase for years and some states will suspend your license if you were driving fast enough.

Second, if you qualify, you may elect to take traffic school, which will remove points from the license, the citaiton still has to be paid and unfortunatley for out of state driver, another State may not honor the election to remove points.  The driver's home state may place points on the license even if the driver chooses school to avoid pointd in Florida.  After traffic school, the citation will still appear on the record.

A person with a commercial driver's license or CDL does not qualify to elect school. The traffic school election can only be made once every twelve (12) months and only five (5) times in a lifetime. Therefore, a citation with a school election is maintained on the driver record for 75 years.   

The third choice, sometimes the only choice for out of state drivers, CDL drivers, or drivers needing an amendment to keep their job or license, is to take the infraction to court.  A traffic ticket lawyer can represent a driver in court in the driver's absense; there is no requirment to personally attend. (Even in Appearance Required Citations). 

Law enforcement municipal statistics along the US 301 corridor, including Lawtey, Starke, and Waldo, show that in any given month, about 90% of people just pay a traffic ticket or elect traffic school which requires payment of the citation. Why do an overwhelming majority of citizens just roll over and pay the traffic ticket?

Perhaps convenience is a factor, but we can help without ever coming to the office, and even through email.  Maybe people feel it is the law enforcement's word against the citizen. Unfortunately this can seem true.  But in court, sometimes, the officer fails to appear or witnesses may have unclear memories, in a speeding ticket, documents for calibration and maintencance are not always proper.   . 

Single car accident cases,such as for careless driving, should almost always be fought. In that instance the citation was issued for because there was an accident and for no other reason. In single car accident careless driving citations, the driver is likely the only witness to the crash.  The State has to prove guilt, and most of the time the officer or trooper did not witness the wreck.  When the lawyer goes to court instead of the driver, what evidence can the State present?  None.  However, in the same case a driver representing themselves may be asked questions and the driver will provide the State the evidence the State is missing. Hiring a traffic ticket defense lawyer can have drastically different results because without evidence, the State cannot meet their burden of proof which is beyond a reasonable doubt.

Even if the defenses are difficult; most of the time an attorney can help to avoid points and traffic school.  In short most people do not fight their traffic ticket case. More people should.  Hire an attorney by clicking, filling out the form or calling. We handle all traffic matters.

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I received a speeding ticket in Waldo, FL in a supposed school zone. I saw the signs as we approached Waldo and I was very aware of my speed. Near the intersection with Hwy. 301, my speed was 33 in what I thought to be a 35 mph zone. I was pulled over and informed that I had been speeding in a school zone and told that the school zone sign was on a larg bar overhead plus the orange traffic cones were printed with school zone. Are you familiar with that location? Is there actually adequate signage informing of the zone? If so, would there be any chance of defeating the ticket? The amount of the ticket is $394. Is that not a bit excessive?

Sounds like my experience. A supposed school speed zone, which was actually a dangerous situation for drivers and especially for walkers. A school bus parked on each side of the road with their yellow flashers on, tiny orange cones behind them, and a tiny school zone sign attached to one of those cones. Since your watching traffic, waiting and watching for the bus lights to change to flashing red, anyone who steps out from in front of those buses could get hit (a guy & his dog did step out suddenly in front of me). I saw no sign telling me any other speed other then 35 in that very short zone near the playground on rt 24 before the stop sign that become rt 301 north. This supposed school speed zone is so short by the time you see it's a school zone you're out of it. There was no warning sing that a school zone is ahead. The only inkling that your in a school speed zone is on one of the cones in the supposed zone. The guy in front of me was going faster.My speed was below 35. After the cop gave me my ticket, he pulled back into the park to wait for another unsuspecting driver..

My wife just had the same thing happen to her as Mr Grandy. No real warning as you come off of 301 onto 24. She was down to 31 mph but also was hit with the almost 400 dollar ticket for a school zone. I think part of the problem was that she has out of state tags since she is in FL as a travel nurse. I guess we will never be travelling this road again and will spend our vacation dollars in some other state in the future.

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