When it comes to citations involving running a red light in South Florida, the most common case we see involves the new traffic ticket cameras. These devices are still being challenged judicially, however, for now they are valid citations that must be dealt with.
Red light tickets create a quandary for many, as instinctively you may wish to contest the charge. Frankly, often it just isn’t worth it. At the Ticket Titan Law Firm, we advise our clients accordingly.
When you are mailed a Notice of Violation of a red light recorded on camera there are a couple of things to consider. First, look at the photograph or video. If it clearly shows you or your car running a red light you are probably better off paying the citation. This is specific to red light ticket cameras ONLY. Should you receive a ticket for running a red light by an officer, you should consider hiring a lawyer, as you may have a number of defenses against the charge.
The basis for this involves the nature of the penalty for red light camera tickets. Paying the fine of $158 within 30 days of receiving the violation renders the citation much the same as a parking ticket. It is extremely unlikely to raise your insurance rates and you will receive no points on your license. Remember, however, this applies if the photo or video shows that your vehicle indeed ran a red light. Should the photo or video be unclear or questionable by all means you have, perhaps, the ultimate defense against such a charge.
The problem arises if you allow the 30 day “window” to pass, as the state will then convert the ticket to a Uniform Traffic Citation, which will be filed with the County Clerk’s office. The fine will be increased to $277 and may very likely cause an increase in your insurance rates with additional consequences. At this point you will want to contact an experienced attorney to avoid the potential consequences of a conviction.
Should you find yourself charged with running a red light, call the Ticket Titan Law Firm. You have nothing to lose, as your first consultation is always free. Further we provide a no points money back guarantee in most cases. Let Ticket Titan do the fight’n! Call (305) GO TITAN.