Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Florida Tickets and Suspensions

Most people do not know what will happen to their Florida license if they receive a ticket in another state. This is understandable because traffic compacts between states are not uniform and can be complicated. There are Non-Resident Violators Comapcts, Drivers License Compacts, and the National Driver Register, each of which have varying rules and requirements.

Florida has adopted the Non-Resident Violators Compact (NRVC) and the Drivers License Compact (DLC). Under these compacts, the "other state" a ticket is received in will send the "home state" the ticket information and it will be added to the "home state's" driving record. The information sent to the "home state" has to identify the person convicted, describe the violation, and indicate what kind of plea was entered.

This means that when a person who holds a Florida license receives a ticket in another state and it is reported to Florida, that person will receive points in Florida (if the ticket is one for which points would be assessed pursuant to chapter 322 of the Florida Statutes). On top of that, Florida does not allow any school or program to remove points for a ticket received in another state. So, while you're driving on your family vacation and you get busted for speeding, you may be taking those points home with you if you admit guilt in the other state, and there isn't a whole lot you can do about it after the fact.

Florida will also suspend your Florida license if you fail to pay a ticket reported by another state and it is not dismissed by that state.

Drivers license issues are sometimes a little more complicated than they may first seem and we all know how difficult it is to be stuck without a license. This is why it's important to contact qualified attorneys to review your ticket options.

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