So, you were issued a Traffic Ticket. Is it Criminal or Civil? Maybe you have both. When a person is accused of committing a moving violation, like speeding or failing to stop completely at a red light, the consequence for their actions will include a civil traffic ticket. A criminal traffic violation is issued by law enforcement when a person is accused of a criminal offense while operating a vehicle (including motorcycles, golf carts, and even scooters!)

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In Florida, some law enforcement agencies have entire divisions of officers dedicated to traffic enforcement. These officers spend all day stopping people for allegedly breaking the law. A single officer can issue dozens of tickets within hours at a single location. Oftentimes, an officer will see a person allegedly committing a moving violation and will pull the person over and issue them a ticket. Sometimes multiple civil infractions and criminal infractions can be issued on the same stop. Each ticket has a fine associated that a person must pay within thirty days or the person must make a court appearance or, in some cases, elect to attend traffic school which also has a cost.

Typical Civil Moving Violations include: Careless Driving, Failing to stop at a stop light or stop sign, Speeding, Failure to stay in lane, and Failure to yield. 

Criminal violations include: Racing, Leaving the Scene, Driving on a Suspended License, No Valid Driver’s License, Driving Under the Influence, and reckless driving.

Criminal violations require a court appearance, and if you forget and do not appear, you could have a warrant issued for your arrest! All of these violations affect your driving privileges through costly fines, points assessed to your driving record, insurance rates, and even your credit. Physically appearing in court is a costly and time-consuming event because it often requires taking time off from work to appear. 

 Criminal violations often have an effect on pending immigration cases as well. It is imperative that you consider all of the consequences of defending against a traffic violation allegation.   

 Our office handles thousands of civil traffic and criminal traffic cases throughout Florida. Call us today for a free consultation on how to defend against traffic allegations and protect your driving record today! 




Randy Reep is a professional pilot and former prosecutor (Assistant State Attorney) in Florida. With thousands of Pilot-in-Command flight hours in both the F-15 aircraft and commercial airliners with countless hours in trials, Randy is uniquely qualified to handle vast, complex, and difficult aviation litigation matters.


John Holzbaur is a retired Naval Flight Officer and former Helicopter Aircrewman and Rescue Swimmer. John accrued over 5000 flight hours in rotary wing and fixed wing jet and turboprop aircraft. John has experience as a Director of Operations (DO) for a training squadron, as well as Officer in Charge experience in a direct-action special operations combat aviation unit.