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Why hire a traffic lawyer instead of making a traffic school election?

by | Aug 1, 2012 | Traffic Ticket Defense

Why hire a traffic ticket defense attorney when I can just choose school to have points removed? One reason is that you only have five (5) times in your life to elect traffic school. If this is your first ever citation, then why burn an election? Save it. If you received two or more citations, then most of the time the only way to have points removed entirely is to take your cases to court.

Because you can only choose school five (5) times, the DHSMV has to track those elections for the life of the driver.  This means that a citation where school is elected actually stays on the driver’s history longer than if the Court withholds points.  According to the DHSMV, a school election stays on the record for 75 years, just like a DUI.

Another reason to fight your ticket is that the only way to have your traffic ticket or citation dismissed, or to not be on the record is to choose to have a contested hearing or trial and be found not guilty. If there is no hearing, the traffic case will never be dismissed.  It sounds crazy but several attorneys will take your money and never attend or send anyone to court. There is no reason to hire a law firm if an attorney will not be present in court.

A driver not licensed in Florida should also be aware that the laws of the licensing state may require an amendment such as a reduction in speed in order to maintain the driving privilege. Several drivers ensnared in the changing speed limit zones in Waldo, Florida come across this issue.  Furthermore, many states do not recognize the election of school to remove points and require a court’s order instead of the driver’s election to honor the removal of points.  CDL drivers do not have a school election and should never go it alone.

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