If you are pulled over or receive a parking citation, you may wonder what the next steps are. Fortunately, you have options to keep your record clean. While many infractions accrue points which can be removed with a traffic course, you must prove your innocence - or fight your ticket and win - to remove a traffic ticket from your record.
What Is Considered a Traffic Violation in Florida?
There are two types of traffic tickets in Florida: moving and nonmoving. A driver can receive a moving violation if they do not follow traffic laws while the vehicle is in motion. Moving violations include texting while driving, speeding, or running a red light. A non-moving violation occurs if the vehicle is parked. Non-moving violations include expired plates, illegal parking, or a broken taillight.
More severe crimes, like driving under the influence, may incur significant fines and penalties.
Like many other states, Florida uses a point system to track traffic violations. The number of points accrued varies depending on the violation, but if you receive too many points in a specific timeframe, your driver’s license may be suspended or even revoked.
The length of suspension depends on the number of points accumulated within a time period. For example:
- 12 points in 12 months warrants a 30 day suspension
- 18 points in 18 months renders a 3 month suspension
- 24 points in 36 months invokes a 1 year suspension
How Long Do Traffic Violations Stay on Your Record?
According to the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FHSMV), citations stay on your record for 10 years while suspensions may last between 7 to 11 years. Alcohol-related violations, however, last for 75 years.
Defender of the Constitution
Legal Researcher and Writer