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What traffic violations are misdemeanors in Florida?

On Behalf of | Feb 27, 2023 | Traffic Violations

Some traffic offenses result in jail time depending on multiple factors, including the severity of damage caused by the incident and if the violator is a repeat offender. Most traffic violations in Florida usually fall under misdemeanors.

Misdemeanor traffic offenses include the following:

  • Hit-and-runs causing property damage
  • Driving recklessly, causing property damage
  • First and second driving under the influence (DUI) offenses
  • Driving without valid registration or driver’s license
  • Refusing breath tests
  • Driving with a suspended license
  • Drag racing
  • Leaving a child in a vehicle without supervision, causing physical harm
  • Refusing to cooperate with authorities

These violations can lead to fines, license suspensions and a maximum of one-year imprisonment. Still, the severity of charges can vary based on the circumstances of the offense.

How much are the fines?

Typically, fines for traffic infractions can range from around $15 to $60. However, based on the situation, the total can increase to as much as $1,000.

Misdemeanors usually fall into one of two categories based on their severity. A first-degree misdemeanor can come with a fine of up to $1,000. Meanwhile, a second-degree misdemeanor can go up to $5,000.

What happens if the violator is a minor?

The judge may adjust penalties as needed. If the violator is a minor, the court may provide counseling and require them to complete an authorized traffic course. Additionally, the court would still impose fines within the maximum standard for adult drivers.

Also, the court can add other sanctions for them, such as participating in community projects, enforcing curfews and putting them under strict driving monitoring programs. Minor violators should comply with these sanctions and meet the required hours to serve their sentences fully.