So you got a speeding ticket? Now what?
When you get a speeding ticket there is a good chance your speed was clocked with their radar or by the high tech laser gun. In either situation you are probably getting a speeding ticket. Now you face the choice to fight it in court or pay the fine and deal with higher insurance rates. Even if you were ticketed with laser or radar that does not mean there is no point in fighting the ticket. There are a lot of technical errors that could be in your favor when it comes to radar and laser devices.
The most common way police officers can tell if you were speeding is by using traditional radar equipment. Radar, uses what is known as the Doppler Effect, which is the change in wave frequencies received when it is either reflected from a moving object or generated on a moving object. When a police officer is using radar, a radar beam directs a frequency toward your vehicle, your vehicle sends back a different frequency which is used to calculate the speed of your vehicle. A faster speed will equal larger changes in the frequency and could result in you getting pulled over and getting that ticket.
In Florida, it is required that before an officer can start or finish their shift they must calibrate their radar device. How do you know for sure it was your car they clocked?Mistaken identity is the most common error made by these radar devices, they can be looking at you and clocking another car.
The Police Laser or LIDAR speed gun works very differently from radar. LIDAR, which stands for Light Detection and Ranging, works by sending out a beam of laser light that is so narrow and precise that it must be aimed with an optical sight. The laser allows a police officer to measure the speed of an individual targeted vehicle. Some laser guns even have the ability to record a video image of the vehicle and its license plate. Like the radar gun, the laser gun must also be calibrated at the beginning and end of the officer's shift. The laser gun is very precise with very little room for error. While a radar gun is mobile, that is it can be used in both a stationary or moving vehicle, the laser gun can only be used from a stationary position.
What do you do if you get a speeding ticket?
If you wish to plead not guilty to the charge of speeding, the Clerk of the Court must be contacted within 30 days of the receipt of your citation. We can help you with this task by filling out your legal documents and submitting them to the appropriate courthouse in a timely manner. Depending on the location where you received your ticket, the Clerk of the Court can be reached at one of the following addresses:
Daytona Beach Courthouse Annex 125 East Orange Avenue Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Daytona Beach Justice Center 251 North Ridgewood Avenue Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Volusia County Courthouse 101 North Alabama Avenue DeLand, FL 32724
Following the submission of your legal documents, we can attend the hearing on your behalf, a speeding ticket does not have to completely disrupt your life, nor does it have to raise your insurance rates.
What if you don't contact the Clerk of Court within the 30 days?
- You will be found guilty
- You will get points on your license, three is the most common depending on your speed.
- You will pay your fine in full
Florida drivers are only permitted 12 points per year, 18 points over the course of a year and a half & 24 points in 36 months. If you get anything above that it will result in a license suspension. Need help or have questions? Call Avallone Law, PA today if you have questions. We can help!