Broward County Traffic Attorney
Traffic ticket Attorneys serving Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Broward County, Florida is located ont he east coast of Florida and has a population that is quickly approaching 2 million. It is the second most populated county in Florida.
In an attempt to receive better governmental services, many cities have annexed from the county and incorporated. They include Parkland, Coconut Creek, Deerfield Beach, Coral Springs, Margate, Pompano Beach, Lighthouse Point, Hillsboro Beach, Tamarac, North Lauderdale, Lauderdale-by-the Sea, Sea Ranch Lakes, Oakland Park, Wilton Manors, Lazy Lake, Fort Lauderdale, Lauderdale Lakes, Lauderhill, Sunrise, Plantation, Weston, Davie, Dania Beach, Hollywood, Southwest Ranches, Cooper City, Pembroke Pines, Miramar, West Parkk, Pembroke Park, and Hallandale Beach.
Aside from interstate 95 and 75, Broward county has interstate 595 and the Florida Turnpike running through the county. In an attempt to deal with sprawl in the western portion of the county, the built the sawgrass expressway which ultimately runs near the Sawgrass Mills Mall. That mall is one of the largest outlet malls in the country.
Broward County makes up the 17th Judicial Circuit and employs 88 full time judges to deal with the volume of cases. Because of the volume of cases, the county has several courthouses. The north regional courthouse is located at 1600 West Hilsboro Blvd in Deerfield Beach. The judicial complex is located in downtown Ft. Lauderdale. The complex takes up an entire city block. It is located at 201 SE 6th Street in Ft. Lauderdale 33301. The third courthouse is located at 100 N Pine Road in Plantation, Florida 33324. The final courthouse, the south regional courthouse, is located at 3550 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, Florida 33021.
Broward County is located in south Florida along the Atlantic Ocean. The county’s population of 1,780,172 people (U.S. census Bureau 2011 estimate) lives within the county’s 1,209 square miles.
The largest cities in Broward County are Fort Lauderdale, Pembroke Pines and Hollywood. Broward County is home to several beaches, including Pompano Beach and Dania Beach. Other natural and historic landmarks in the county are Everglades Wildlife Management Area, Hillsboro Inlet Light Station and Buehler Planetarium.
Traffic Violations in Broward County
The city, county and state traffic laws in Broward County are enforced by the
* Broward County Sheriff’s Office
* Coconut Creek Police Department
* Cooper City Police Department
* Coral Springs Police Department
* Davie Police Department
* Fort Lauderdale Police Department
* Hallandale Beach Police Department
* Hollywood Police Department
* Lauderdale by the Sea Police Department
* Lauderhill Police Department
* Lighthouse Point Police Department
* Margate Police Department
* Miramar Police Department
* Pembroke Pines Police Department
* Plantation Police Department
* Seminole Police Department
* Sunrise Police Department
* Wilton Manors Police Department
* Florida Highway Patrol
These law enforcement agencies use various methods for identifying drivers who violate traffic laws, including street patrols, red light cameras and photo enforcement. A Broward County traffic lawyer understands the technical details behind these methods, and may be able to find a defense for your case.
A Broward County traffic lawyer helps you with civil and criminal traffic violations, such as
* Illegal parking
* Careless or reckless driving
* Driving under the influence
* Speeding and causing an accident
Options for Broward County Traffic Tickets
Many drivers know that they can pay their tickets through the mail, online and at the court house. Those same drivers, though, may not know what other options are available, or do not have the time to fight their tickets in court.
A Broward County traffic ticket lawyer explains your options, including the pros and cons based on your individual case. A traffic lawyer helps you decide to
* Pay your traffic ticket
* Fight your ticket in court
* Elect to attend traffic school
Traffic Tickets Damage Your Driving Record
Florida uses a points system to track the number and types of traffic violations in the state. When you are found guilty of a traffic violation, three to six points are added to your driving record. When you have more than 12 points on your record, as few as four violations, your license can be suspended or revoked by the state. Incurring points on your record may also result in higher insurance premiums for up to three years, or even a cancellation of your coverage.
The Courts in Broward County
As with many large counties, the Broward County court system is complex and confusing. A traffic lawyer works in the court system every day, and knows how to navigate the system quickly and effectively. The legal community extends certain courtesies to its members, including expedited court dates and opportunities to negotiate without going to court.
Without a traffic lawyer, you are responsible for filing the necessary court documents within 30 days of receiving your ticket. If you do not file within 30 days, the court automatically finds you guilty. While you are preparing for court, you will need to make several trips to the courthouse. Broward County has three county court houses.
· Court Administration, located at 201 Southeast 1st Avenue in Fort Lauderdale
· West Regional Court House, located at 100 North Pine Island Road in Plantation
· North Regional Court House, located at 1600 West Hillsboro Boulevard in Deerfield Beach
Traffic court for civil violations is held at several locations in the county.
* North Regional Court House, located at 1600 West Hillsboro Boulevard in Deerfield Beach
* South Regional Court House, located at 3550 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood
* Main Judicial Complex, located at 201 Southeast 6th Street in Fort Lauderdale
* West Regional Court House, located at 100 North Pine Island Road in Plantation
Broward County is the only county in Florida’s Seventeenth Judicial Circuit Court. County judges oversee criminal and civil traffic violations. The criminal county judges are
* Judge Melinda Brown
* Judge Robert F. Diaz
* Judge Kenneth A. Gottlieb
* Judge John Hurley
* Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren
* Judge Mardi Levy Cohen
* Judge Olga Levine
* Judge Kathleen McHugh
* Judge Edward H. Merrigan, Jr.
* Judge Joseph A. Murphy, III
* Judge Christopher W. Pole
* Judge Gisele Pollack
* Judge Mary Rudd Robinson
* Judge Mindy F. Solomon
The civil county judges in Broward County are
* Judge Gary Cowart
* Judge Martin R. Dishowitz
* Judge Robert W. Lee
* Judge Linda R. Pratt
* Judge Stacy Ross
* Judge Peter B. Skolnik
Judges at the satellite division are
* Judge Arlene S. Backman (South Satellite Division)
* Judge Eric M. Beller (West Satellite Division)
* Judge Steven P Deluca (North Satellite Division)
* Judge Ellen Feld (West Satellite Division)
* Judge Jane D. Fishman (West Satellite Division)
* Judge John D. Fry (North Satellite Division)
* Judge Jill K. Levy (North Satellite Division)
* Judge Alan R. Marks (West Satellite Division)
* Judge Terri-Ann Miller (South Satellite Division)
* Judge Ian Richards (South Satellite Division)
* Judge Louis H. Schiff (North Satellite Division)
Working with a traffic lawyer to fight your Broward County traffic ticket increases your chances of winning your case. Call our law firm today to speak to one of our traffic lawyers.