What Can the Out of State Tourist or Visitor Do When They Get a Traffic Citation in the St. Petersburg, Tampa or Clearwater Area?
Out-of-state convictions for traffic offenses will normally count against you on your home state driving record as well as on your insurance. Most states in the United States belong to the Drivers License Compact and the Non-Resident Violator Compact which are agreements by which the states agreed to share information on traffic offenses through a computerized database. There are many things that an experienced attorney can do for a client’s traffic ticket other than the obvious of fighting it in a trial. In Florida a judge has the ability to prevent a driver’s insurance from being affected by the ticket by withholding adjudication of the ticket and thereby keeping points off of the driver’s record. In addition, there are sometimes legal issues which an attorney would be able to handle without the necessity of the driver actually appearing in court that could lead to dismissal or reduction of the ticket. Also, many people don’t realize that for a traffic infraction in Florida anyone who has an attorney representing them never has to show up in court unless they choose to, for instance in order to testify. Anyone who receives a traffic ticket whether in-state or out-of-state should always find an experienced attorney who lives in the jurisdiction with the ticket was issued to assist them with the ticket in order to avoid long-term and possibly severe consequences to their drivers license record and insurance premiums. Attorney Garry Potts handles many traffic citation cases in the Tampa Bay area, including those received by out of state tourists and visitors to Clearwater, Tampa, St. Petersburg and the surrounding areas. In most cases Mr. Potts can be retained by telephone and the ticketed person never has to return to Florida for court. Reach Attorney Garry Potts at (727) 538-4166.