Racing on the highway, commonly known as “street racing”, is a criminal traffic misdemeanor charge that carries severe penalties. In Florida, the racing on the highway statue automatically suspends your driver’s license for a year if the charge is not reduced or dismissed. That is why you should call the attorneys at The Traffic Law Firm so we can help you fight your case in court.
How Can We Defend Your Street Racing Charge and Prevent License Suspension?
The Traffic Law Firm is able to fight your charges with a variety of defenses. We know that sometimes charges are brought against the wrong people. In other cases, an individual may get caught up in the moment and have had a lapse in judgment. Whatever your situation, we can help. We know how to take the fight to the state attorney, and we won't rest until we have a positive outcome for your case.
There are a variety of ways we can get your charges reduced or even dismissed. These include, but aren't limited to:
- Contradictions Between Officers Current Allegations and the Arrest Report
- The Officer Didn't Witness the Full Incident
- Witness Testimony
- Failure to Prove Intent
- Failure to Prove Competition Existed
- The Other Driver Was Attempting to Race, but You Were Not
- Failure to Meet Requirements to Prove Incident Was a Race
- Careless Driving Mistaken for Racing
- Other, Non-Criminal Traffic Infractions Misinterpreted as Racing
- Speeds Inconsistent with Racing
Why am I being charged with “Street Racing”?
The categories for street racing are defined by Florida Statutes 316.191, and are summarized here:
- Drive any motor vehicle, including any motorcycle, in any race, speed competition or contest, drag race or acceleration contest, test of physical endurance, or exhibition of speed or acceleration or for the purpose of making a speed record on any highway, roadway, or parking lot;
- In any manner participate in, coordinate, facilitate, or collect moneys at any location for any such race, competition, contest, test, or exhibition;
- Knowingly ride as a passenger in any such race, competition, contest, test, or exhibition;
- Purposefully cause the movement of traffic to slow or stop for any such race, competition, contest, test, or exhibition.
So you cannot be involved in an illegal street race in any way including being a spectator. If you are, you are likely to face criminal charges.
What Penalties am I Facing for an Illegal Street Racing Charge in Florida?
The penalties for this charge can vary based on a variety of factors. If this is your first offense, the maximum penalties aren't as stiff as someone facing their 2nd or 3rd charge. Here is a summary of the penalties as described in Florida Statutes 775.082:
- First Offense
- Fines - Minimum $500 Maximum of $1000
- License Suspension - Minimum of 1 Year Upon Conviction
- Vehicle Impoundment/Immobilization - Upon Arrest, Your Car May Be Impounded for 30 Days. Additional Impoundment Possible After Conviction
- Vehicle Forfeiture - This is a Possible Outcome from a Conviction
- Jail Time - Up to 1 Year in Jail
- Second Offense
- Fines - Minimum $1000 Maximum $3000
- License Suspension - Minimum of 1 Year but Longer Possibilities for 2nd and Subsequent Convictions
- Impounded or Forfeited Vehicle
- Jail Time - Longer Terms Possible for 2nd, 3rd, and other Charges