Because of the tourist nature of our state, we receive calls daily from motorists licensed out of state who received a speeding ticket in Florida and are interested in their options. Many states will not honor the traffic school election available to motorists within 30 days of receiving the citation. Therefore, their only option to prevent the citation from transferring back to their home state is to try and fight the citation in court. Our firm represents motorists every day who are in that scenario. Because the Florida Traffic Court Rules allow an attorney to appear on behalf of the driver in traffic court, we can appear on your behalf and determine if the ticket can be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
Mere payment of a citation is what Florida interprets to be an adjudication of guilt or a conviction. If you are licensed in a state that shares information with Florida, then that conviction will result in an entry on your out of state driving history. Some states are extremely strict with speeding tickets in general. For example, if you receive a ticket in Florida and you are licensed in North Carolina, payment of a speeding ticket with a speed of over 14 miles over will result in the mandatory suspension of your driver’s license by the North Carolina DMV.
The better result to just paying the citation would be to call our office and speak to one of our experienced speeding ticket lawyers. We are in court daily with lots of tickets and we know what we need to defend your particular case. Because of the volume of speeding tickets we defend with out of state motorists we have special access to many out of state driving record databases. For a convenience fee, we can often order your home state driving history and alleviate the wasted time it would take you to go to the DMV to obtain that abstract.
If you are licensed out of state but received a speeding ticket in Florida call our office at 941-444-4444 so we can discuss the particular facts of your case and let you know a possible outcome in the county in which your violation occurred.