Getting cited for a stop sign violation can be deeply frustrating. Worse, a stop sign violation ticket can be costly. You could get with a substantial fine, face increased insurance costs, and get points on your license. You could potentially have to deal with the suspension of your driving privileges. In 2019, police officers in Florida issued more than 84,000 tickets for stop sign violations.
Do not pay an unfair ticket. Call The Traffic Law Firm for a free review about your stop sign violation case. Our lawyers know Florida stop sign laws inside and out. Don't hesitate to contact us today. No matter the specific circumstances of your case, we defend your rights in court. We focus on putting money back in your pocket.
What is the Florida Law for Stop Sign Violations?
All drivers in Florida must follow the rules of the road. This includes making safe, complete stops at all stop signs. Under Florida Statutes 316.123, there are strict rules regarding how a person should handle stop signs.
When a driver enters an intersection that has a stop sign at it, they must bring their vehicle to a halt before the marked line on the road. If there is no line, then the driver must stop before at the proper point, clearly before any crosswalk markings.
The only exception to this rule is when a law enforcement officer waives a driver through a stop sign.
When approaching a stop sign, Florida drivers must be sure to bring their vehicle to a complete stop. From there, drivers must remain stopped until it is their turn to move forward. This means that you must yield the right-of-way to other vehicles or to pedestrians, as is appropriate in a given situation.
The Penalties for a Stop Sign Violation in Florida
The penalties associated with a stop sign violation in Florida will vary based on several different factors. Running a stop sign can lead to a very expensive ticket from $60 to $200 or even higher.
Beyond the fine, drivers also have to worry about getting points on their license. As noted by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV), running a stop sign is typically a three-point moving violation. Though, in some cases aggressive police officers assign even more points. They will even use stop sign violation as the basis for a reckless driving citation.
A stop sign ticket could destroy your clean driving records, increase your car insurance costs, or even push you over the maximum limit for points. This could result in the suspension of your driver’s license.
Before you pay that stop sign violation ticket, it is always recommended that you consult with an experienced Orlando traffic lawyer who can assess the impact of the ticket.
How The Traffic Law Firm Can Help
If an officer cited you for running or rolling through a stop sign, our legal team is ready to fight for your rights. These tickets can be incredibly expensive — or worse, they could put your driving privileges in jeopardy. We will offer you the professional, top-quality legal representation that you deserve. Among other things, our Orlando traffic ticket defense attorneys will:
- Conduct a comprehensive review and investigation of your ticket;
- Listen to your story and explain your options to you;
- Take the appropriate steps to take your case to court; and
- Fight aggressively to get you winning results.
What are winning results?
It depends entirely on the specific nature of your case and the specific challenges that you are facing. Our Orlando stop sign ticket lawyers will carefully review the case against you to identify any flaws. If the ticket is illegitimate — for any reason — we are ready to fight to get the ticket dismissed outright.
Of course, that is not always possible in every case. In some cases, the best defense strategy is to focus on reducing the charges or reducing the penalties to save you money, protect your license from points, and to save your driving privileges.