Drugs & What You Can Expect.

drugs traffic ticket teamA drug possession conviction can have a serious impact on your life, and Florida courts can be aggressive in pursuing many minor drug possession charges. In fact, any misdemeanor drug possession conviction for marijuana possession or any narcotic can result in a loss of your driver’s license for up to 2 years. Don’t plead guilty to a Florida drug possession charge before speaking with a lawyer and exploring all of your defense options. You do not want to live with a criminal conviction on your record if you can avoid it, and in many cases you can. Yes may be able to beat your drug possession charge. There are often excellent defenses in drug possession cases. Some can often be reduced or dismissed depending on the facts of your case. We can file a motion to suppress the evidence if the police didn’t have a legal right to search you, or pull you over and look in your car, or search your home. The police often behave carelessly in searches, and violate your constitutional rights. Some Florida counties have special drug courts that are designed to help people who have drug addiction problems, and aren’t completely focused on punishment. We can also argue for treatment programs in exchange for leniency in sentencing to avoid the worst outcomes. I will discuss all your options and possibilities in a free case evaluation on your FL drug charges. A Conviction for drug possession has consequences. The consequences of any criminal conviction can destroy future opportunities and career options in law enforcement and many other professions with certification requirements and background checks. A criminal record will follow you around for the rest of your life, and the fact of any conviction can easily become known to anyone you come across. A conviction is part of the public record, and could easily become searchable on the Internet at any time in the future. So if you get charged with anything from a traffic ticket to any criminal charge, call the traffic ticket team or go to http://www.TrafficTicketTeam.com. Our traffic ticket team of lawyers have handled over 1 million traffic tickets and Jason Diamond has presented traffic ticket clinics before audiences for over ten years.

U-Turn Article and How to Avoid a Ticket

600px-No_U_Turn_sign.svgU-Turn tickets are moving violations and they usually carry a 3 point penalty on your license. If you get a U-Turn ticket, you should not just pay it because your insurance will go up, you will  on your license and you will pay a hefty fine. We all hate getting a ticket for illegal U-turn because we feel that it was the kind of ticket that hurt nobody. That is, we were careful, but we needed to make a turn. Like the other moving violations above, we fight illegal U-Turn tickets all the time and have a 99% success rate keeping points off our clients licenses. A lot of people ask, “how do I know if I am making an illegal u-turn? Here are some general guidelines. Do not make a U-turn at an intersection with a traffic signal. Do not make a U-turn in the middle of the block in urban/residential areas. Do not make a U-turn where there is a sign prohibiting U-turns. Do not make a U-turn where visibility is limited by a curve or hill crest. Do not make a U-turn if there is a police officer anywhere in sight, this is like waving a red cape at a wounded bull, regardless of legality. This leaves uncontrolled intersections, open rural roads with good visibility, divided roadways with dedicated breaks in the divider, and locations where U-turns are expressly permitted by official signs as your least risky U-Turn opportunities. If you need 100 percent assurance that you are legal, go around the block and re-enter the street that you want to reverse course on. But if you are reading this because you got a ticket for illegal u-turn, call us now.U-Turn tickets are moving violations and they usually carry a 3 point penalty on your license. If you get a U-Turn ticket, you should not just pay it because your insurance will go up, you will get points on your license and you will pay a hefty fine. We all hate getting a ticket for illegal U-turn because we feel that it was the kind of ticket that hurt nobody. That is, we were careful, but we needed to make a turn. Like the other moving violations above, we fight illegal U-Turn tickets all the time and have a 99% success rate keeping points off our clients licenses. A lot of people ask, “how do I know if I am making an illegal u-turn? Here are some general guidelines. Do not make a U-turn at an intersection with a traffic signal. Do not make a U-turn in the middle of the block in urban/residential areas. Do not make a U-turn where there is a sign prohibiting U-turns. Do not make a U-turn where visibility is limited by a curve or hill crest. Do not make a U-turn if there is a police officer anywhere in sight, this is like waving a red cape at a wounded bull, regardless of legality. This leaves uncontrolled intersections, open rural roads with good visibility, divided roadways with dedicated breaks in the divider, and locations where U-turns are expressly permitted by official signs as your least risky U-Turn opportunities. If you need 100 percent assurance that you are legal, go around the block and re-enter the street that you want to reverse course on. But if you are reading this because you got a ticket for illegal u-turn, call us now. So if you get charged with anything from a traffic ticket to any criminal charge, call the traffic ticket team or go to http://www.TrafficTicketTeam.com. Our traffic ticket team of lawyers have handled over 1 million traffic tickets and Jason Diamond has presented traffic ticket clinics before audiences for over ten years.

Suspended License D-6

Florida’s laws on license suspensions are some of the toughest in the United States. According to recent statistics from the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, approximately 30 percent of Florida’s motoring public is currently under some sort of a suspension. That equates to nearly 4.6 million people – many of whom don’t even know it.

D-6 suspensions

According to Jason Diamond an attorney whose practice focuses on Florida suspended license issues, a D-6 suspension is a serious matter and something that many drivers just don’t understand. Diamond explains:

One example of a D-6 suspension would be a failure to appear in criminal court to address a charge. It’s called a D-6 because the court is taking action through the clerk because you didn’t do something with your citation. Let’s say you get a criminal driving while license suspended citation and you don’t show up for your court date.

In lieu of issuing a bench warrant, the judge may say, ‘I’m just going to D-6 his or her license.’ Basically, it’s telling the DHSMV to suspend the license and not to reinstate it until the person comes before that court and gets an order from the judge reinstating the license.

It’s almost in lieu of issuing a bench warrant. In some situations, the D-6 is used interchangeably when somebody didn’t take care of a traffic ticket within a certain time period, then they D-6 the license.

Judges issuing more warrants

While D-6 suspensions are still common, Diamond says that judges seem to be issuing warrants more and more warrants these days. He continued, “Unfortunately, you’re seeing fewer D-6ing of licenses and more warrants. That’s a whole problem in and of itself because that just clogs the court docket even more and clogs the state attorney’s office because now the prosecutor is getting involved and having to put that case or that ticket into a warrants file. So then, that little ticket for $115 now becomes a criminal offense, and if you missed your court date, now you’ve got a warrant and it just goes on and on and on.” If your license has been suspended in Florida, contact an attorney whose practice focuses on license suspension issues. Click here, to contact a the Traffic Ticket Team. So if you get charged with anything from a traffic ticket to any criminal charge, call the traffic ticket team or go to http://www.TrafficTicketTeam.com. Our traffic ticket team of lawyers have handled over 1 million traffic tickets and Jason Diamond has presented traffic ticket clinics before audiences for over ten years.

Question from a Client about Accident Tickets, by Jason A. Diamond, Esq.

This was a question from a client. “I was involved in a car accident and received a citation. How can the officer issue a ticket for something that he didn’t observe?” The important thing to know is that the officer can only PROVE his case in court through the testimony of the other drivers or through the testimony of lay witnesses who may have witnessed the accident. Regardless of what may have been said at the accident scene, once a hearing is elected then the Judge will only consider the live in-court testimony in rendering his/her decision. This is called the “accident report privilege.” What that means is that anything said at the scene of the accident is immaterial. It’s only what happens in the courtroom that matters, and if there are no witnesses against you at trial, your case will be dismissed. In fact, if all the witnesses appear but the officer doesn’t, then your case will be dismissed at trial as well. The second most common accident question is “I was involved in an accident and although a deputy arrived on the scene first, a long period of time passed until the Florida Highway Patrol trooper who issued the ticket appeared on the scene. Why did it happen that way?” The Florida Highway Patrol is just that, a highway patrol agency whose sole purpose is to enforce the traffic laws in the State of Florida and to investigate traffic crashed in the unincorporated areas of the State. So when there is an accident in many areas of the State, a deputy sheriff will arrive on the scene first and call for a trooper to investigate the crash. The Trooper will issue any citations for any violations that they believe was committed. So whether you think the ticket is your fault or not, call us to fight your accident ticket or you will automatically get points on your license. So if you get charged with anything from a traffic ticket to any criminal charge, call the traffic ticket team or go to http://www.TrafficTicketTeam.com. Our traffic ticket team of lawyers have handled over 1 million traffic tickets and Jason Diamond has presented traffic ticket clinics before audiences for over ten years.

Traffic Ticket Team Newsletter, November 18, 2008. Questions from some of our clients. Please enjoy and feel free to comment. Jason A. Diamond, Esq.

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Does the officer have to show me the radar/laser reading?
Sue Z.  Plantation 10-5-08

Sue, this is not required any jurisdiction. Also, whether the officer allows you to see the speed reading has virtually no bearing on your case. Most Officers can’t lock a radar reading and they will never show it to you so don’t ask and antagonize the Officer. Just sign the ticket and don’t argue. If you get a speeding ticket, call us we’ll fight the cops for you. E-MAIL: Ticket@TrafficTicketTeam.com or CALL: (954) 967-9888.


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What is Medical Malpractice?
Madison G.  Boca Raton 10-14-08

Madison, we are asked this very often. When a medical professional, such as a doctor, nurse, dentist, technician, hospital worker, hospital or other health care provider causes harm or death to a patient by failing to provide suitable care, medical malpractice or medical negligence may have occured. An error in judgment is not malpractice. A malpractice lawyer can help determine if your health care provider did not provide acceptable care or if medical mistakes occurred. Injury@TrafficTicketTeam.com or CALL: (954) 967-9888

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What are my payment options if I
don’t have 20% to put down?
Doug B.  Miami 10-22-08

It can be hard for first time home buyers Doug, but assuming you can afford (and qualify for) high monthly mortgage payments and have a high credit score, you should be able to find a low (5% to 15%) or even no down payment loan. However, you may have to pay a higher interest rate and loan fees (points) than someone making a larger down payment. If you put down less than 20%, you may have to either pay for private mortgage insurance (PMI) or, to avoid PMI, take out two separate loans (a first mortgage and a second mortgage). Contact us, we may be able to help. CALL: (561) 752-9288

Solicitation of Prostitution Blog

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South Florida is a vacationer’s paradise. Beaches, clubs, nightlife abound. Our resort area hotels draw many successful businessmen from around the country and the world. Imagine this scenario: Alcohol flows after hours. Your judgment gets a little impaired. An attractive woman starts flirting with you. In the course of it she makes you an offer. You flirt back, maybe say something you don’t really mean or intend….next thing you know you’re being arrested for solicitation of prostitution. Unfortunately, law enforcement targets “known” areas for prostitution sting operations. While it is laudable that law enforcement is aggressive in enforcing Florida prostitution and solicitation laws, could you have been a victim of entrapment? Entrapment is the act of inducing a citizen to commit a crime he or she ordinarily wouldn’t have considered. Usually some form of pressure or coercion is used. Or maybe you acted on your own bad judgment. Should you pay the rest of your life by having a permanent criminal record? For a conviction of prostitution or solicitation in Florida, punishments can include jail time, fines, community service, counseling, etc. Sometimes, an automatic license revocation may occur. First time offenders face up to a maximum $500 fine and up to 60 days in jail. Second time offenders face up to a minimum of $1000 fine and one year in jail for a solicitation or assignation of prostitution charge. Some first offenders may be eligible for a diversion program wherein the charges will be dropped against you if you successfully complete the program. So if you are charged with Solicitation, call us for a discreet consultation. So if you get charged with anything from a traffic ticket to any criminal charge, call the traffic ticket team or go to http://www.TrafficTicketTeam.com. Our traffic ticket team of lawyers have handled over 1 million traffic tickets and Jason Diamond has presented traffic ticket clinics before audiences for over ten years.

Traffic Ticket Team Newsletter November 27, 2008

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LEGAL NEWSLETTER ©
November 27, 2008 Volume 11 Issue 1

TICKETS/CRIMINAL/D.U.I. *  ACCIDENT/INJURY *  MORTGAGE HELP *
CREDIT REPAIR * WORKERS’ COMPENSATION * STOP FORECLOSURE

How can I stop the bank from foreclosing on my house?
Scott L., Fort Lauderdale 10-5-08

Scott, you are not alone and I get at least a call a day about
this. Yes, there are ways to stop the foreclosure proceedings once they
have started and ways to let you stay in your home. The first thing you
need to do is have an Attorney file a defense on your behalf. I assume,
like so many other clients, that you had no idea that your payments would
be so high and you were tricked into taking on such a big payment by a
predatory lender or a shady mortgage broker. Once an Attorney has
intervended in the legal proceedings he can start the re-negotiation with
the bank to get your payments down and let you stay in your home for as
long as you want. As I tell all of the client’s who call me about this, do
not delay. The longer you wait, the better the chances are that we will not
be able to stop the Sheriff from evicting you from your home. Please call
me to talk further about this and as always, our client’s get a Free
Consultation. [mailto:Jason@TrafficTicketTeam.com?subject=Stop Foreclosure]
StopForeclosure@TrafficTicketTeam.com (954) 967-9888.

What’s the best way to deal with a collection agency if I don’t have
the money to pay them?
Andy B. Boca Raton 10-6-08

Andy, now that the economy is in trouble, I have had several people
ask me this question lately. The Federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act
clearly states that you do not have to deal with credit or debt collectors.
You can stop collectors from calling and writing with a “cease and
desist” letter. This is short for “cease communication”. Once this
letter is received by your collector, they will no longer be able to
legally contact you by phone, at work, by fax, by certified mail, by
nothing. Of course, to improve your credit score, you will ultimately want
to get the debt removed from your credit report by either getting the
collector to agree to delete the item when you pay in full or by getting
the credit bureau to delete the item. We can contact assist you in removing
bad debt from your report. Contact  us at (561) 752-9288 or  E-MAIL:
[mailto:FixMyCredit@TrafficTicketTeam.com]
FixMyCredit@TrafficTicketTeam.com

Is any injury I get at work covered by
workers’ compensation?
Frank S. Orlando 10-18-08

Workers’ compensation covers most, but not all, on-the-job injuries.
The workers’ compensation system is designed to provide benefits to injured
workers, even if an injury is caused by your or your employer’s
carelessness. But Frank, there are limits. Generally, injuries that happen
because an employee is intoxicated (drunk) or using illegal drugs are not
covered by workers’ compensation. Coverage may also be denied in situations
involving self-inflicted injuries or injuries caused by a person who starts
a fight. There are other limits, but we can help you work through any work
related issues you might have so please contact us if you have any issues
you would like to talk more about.

E-MAIL:
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WorkComp@TrafficTicketTeam.com or Call (305) 493-7557.



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SUNPASS TICKETS

sunpass tickets

In July 2007, failure to pay a required toll became a moving violation with serious consequences. our attorneys can help you fight your toll tickets. Our Lawyers know that people throughout Florida are being held accountable for Sunpass violations they didn’t commit or knew nothing about. In some cases, the SunPass transponder malfunctioned. In others cases the unpaid toll notice, violation warning letter and uniform traffic citations were sent to an old address – even though the account owner had sent SunPass an update. SunPass employees have even misread license plate numbers, sending violation notices to innocent people. Each SunPass violation can result in $100 or more civil penalty, Three points assessed against your driver’s license, Assessment of court costs, Vehicle registration suspension, and Driver’s license suspension. If you have been cited for multiple violations, you can end up being branded a habitual offender. Your license may be suspended for up to five years. Contact us now. We are Serving Clients Statewide. Don’t let bureaucratic bungling or an innocent mistake ruin your life. Contact us for effective legal representation in toll violation cases. We are dedicated to helping you minimize the negative consequences of SunPass violations. We work to get the violation dismissed or the penalties reduced. You can rely on us to help you achieve the best possible outcome given the specifics of your case.

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speedig tickets

Speeding Tickets are the most common ticket given to drivers. In Florida, there are about 500,000 speeding tickets given out each year. In fact, speeding is one of the most common causes of accidents. Nobody likes getting speeding tickets so we have dedicated a large part of our traffic ticket defense to fighting speeding tickets. Here are a few things to keep in mind when getting pulled over for a speeding ticket. First, do not argue with the Officer, he is just doing his job. Second, you do not want to do anything memorable. That is, the more the Officer remembers about you, the harder it is to fight your speeding ticket later. Don’t argue, don’t be rude, don’t ask to see the radar gun and don’t tell him he’s a jerk. Just be polite. Tell him or her that you are sorry and ask for a warning. If he says no, let it go and call us. We have been successful countless times in getting speeding tickets thrown out of court. In fact, 99% of our clients got not points from their speeding tickets. So in conclusion, remember, speeding tickets happen to everyone, but if you don’t over react and call a speeding ticket lawyer, you will be okay. So if you get charged with anything from a traffic ticket to any criminal charge, call the traffic ticket team or go to http://www.TrafficTicketTeam.com. Our traffic ticket team of lawyers have handled over 1 million traffic tickets and Jason Diamond has presented traffic ticket clinics before audiences for over ten years.

Don’t Run Stop Signs

Stop Signs:

After running red lights, running stop signs cause the most deaths from traffic infractions. Tickets for running stop signs are also very common and we handle tens of thousands of these types of tickets. A lot of people tell me that they almost stopped, that they rolled through the stop sign at like one mile per hour. This is also called a California stop for some reason, but its all still a violation of the law. Avoiding a stop sign ticket is easy, just make a full stop. In other words, your forward motion must stop at least for an instance. There is a myth that you must stop for a full three seconds at a stop sign before proceeding, and if you don’t stop for the complete three seconds, you are guilty of a crime and should be charged. This myth is simply NOT TRUE. Unfortunately many police officers do not have a great deal of traffic training and believe this myth to be true and will hand out Stop Sign tickets to people that have not stopped for a full three seconds! So if you get a ticket for running a stop sign, do not pay it. If you do, you will get three points on your license and your insurance will surely go up. Call us and we will fight back for you.