A traffic ticket in Hillsborough or Pinellas County is not a simple matter. Paying the ticket does not make it go away. The Florida DMV puts points on your license for most traffic infractions. Get more than two tickets, and you could lose your license. Just one traffic violation could cost you thousands of dollars in higher insurance premiums. Those insurance increases stay with you for more than three years after you pay the ticket. That's why it's vital that you defend yourself against a traffic summons, even if it is your first violation.

Florida's point system for moving violations is tough. But simply because police officer says you've committed a violation doesn't mean you're automatically guilty. You have a right to plead your innocence and challenge the evidence. You should explore every avenue to avoid violations on your driving record.

There are numerous procedures available to avoid a traffic-ticket conviction, or a reduced violation. At Carlson, Meissner, Hart and Hayslett our attorney's will look for every possible way to get your fine dismissed or reduced and minimize the effect on your driving record. In some cases, we may be able to have the ticket completely dismissed. We'll do whatever it takes to ensure the best possible outcome for you.

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