An Experienced Attorney Can Help with Your Stop Sign Violations

Florida stop sign violations

Getting cited for a stop sign violation can be deeply frustrating.

In some cases, police officers write these tickets even though the driver barely rolled through a stop sign.

In other cases, there may have been no actual violation at all.

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.

Do not pay an unfair ticket: talk to a traffic ticket lawyer about your stop sign violation case.

At Skubiak & Rivas, P.A., our Orlando traffic ticket defense lawyers have spent the last 25 years defending drivers throughout Central Florida. No matter the specific circumstances of your case, we defend your rights in court. We focus on putting money back in your pocket. If you received a stop sign violation, do not hesitate to contact our law office for a free review of your case.

Understanding Your Duties Under Florida Law: Stop Signs

All drivers in Florida must follow the rules of the road. This includes making safe, complete stops at all stop signs. Under Florida law (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.

How Common are Stop Sign Violations Tickets

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles collects and publishes comprehensive data on all of the traffic tickets issued by law enforcement officers across the state (Annual Uniform Traffic Citation Report).

In 2017, police officers in Florida issued more than 75,000 tickets for stop sign violations. In Orange County alone, there were 3,991 stop sign violations reported to the state. Local police officers issue most of these tickets. However, state police officers do issue stop sign violation tickets as well. Indeed, the Florida Highway Patrol issues approximately 25 percent of the total stop sign violation tickets in Orange County.

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. Though, in any case, running a stop sign can lead to a very expensive ticket. On the lower end of the spectrum, the fine may be around $60.00. However, stop sign violation tickets could also be $200.00 — or even higher.

Beyond the fine, drivers also have to worry about getting points on their license. As noted by the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), 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.

The impact a stop sign ticket will have on you depends on your circumstances. It could destroy your clean driving records, result in increased car insurance costs, or even push you over the maximum limit for points. This could result in the suspension of your driver’s license. This is on top of the fine and fees that come directly with the ticket. 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 Our Orlando Traffic Defense Lawyers 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.

Get Help From Florida’s Top Traffic Ticket Defense Attorneys

Skubiak & Rivas, P.A., are proud to be Florida’s premier traffic defense law firm. Our Orlando traffic lawyers have extensive experience protecting the rights of drivers. If you or your family member received a ticket for a stop sign violation, we are here to help. Reach out today for a free consultation.