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Traffic Offenses

There are generally two categories of traffic offenses: “Traffic Citations” and “Criminal Traffic”.



“Non-Criminal Traffic” offenses are commonly referred to as “tickets”, “infractions” or “citations” and include: speeding, failure to yield right of way, following to closely, failure to obey traffic signal, failure to maintain a single lane, careless driving and many more. These tickets are not punishable by jail, but can result in fines, points on the driving record (possible increased insurance rates) and even license suspension. Direct payment of a moving violation citation will result in a driving record entry including an automatic assessment of points. If a person, or their attorney, goes to court and convinces the hearing officer to “withhold adjudication”, then no points will be assessed against the license, although other penalties are typical. If a dismissal or a not guilty judgment is obtained, then there would be no driving record entry and no fines or penalty. Ticketed drivers will often hire an attorney in an effort to:

  1. avoid having to go to court themselves,
  2. have the ticket dismissed,
  3. contest the ticket at a hearing by disputing or challenging the facts, and/or
  4. mitigate or lessen the penalties (i.e., avoiding points on the driving record).


Gerald A. Perez, or an attorney working on his behalf, may be able to help you with a non-criminal traffic citation in Hillsborough County.



“Criminal Traffic” offenses include: DUI, Driving While License Suspended or Revoked, Reckless Driving, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, Highway Racing and others. These offenses carry the potential sentence of jail time and a permanent criminal record. A court appearance by the accused or their attorney is required. These cases are normally handled like any other criminal defense case. Criminal traffic cases can range from the relatively minor to the very serious including DUI Manslaughter and Vehicular Homicide. Legal Fee quotes are available on request after initial consultation. Gerald A. Perez, personally handles all “Criminal Traffic” offenses.

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