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Orlando Red Light Camera Traffic Tickets

What You Should Do If Ticketed By Red Light Camera

Orlando Traffic Lawyer, Eric J. Dirga - Ocoee and Apopka Tickets Routinely Dismissed

Last Updated: May 20, 2015

I only represent people cited for Red Light Camera Tickets in Orange County, Florida. If your were cited in Apopka or Ocoee call us immediately. We routinely get those tickets dismissed.

We Routinely Get Ocoee And Apopka Redlight Camera Tickets Dismissed

If you received a redlight camera ticket from Ocoee or Apopka - call us. We routinely get those dismissed and we discount our fee.

Your Options When You Are Targeted By Red Light Cameras

When The Camera Flash Goes Off

If you notice a flash as you pass through a red light camera intersection you need to do the following - note the date and time. If the municipality is going to cite your for running the light they will send you a notice within a week or two. Be looking for it in your mail.

When You Receive The Notice In The Mail

The first thing you should get is a Notice Of Infraction in the regular mail. This is not a ticket. The Notice gives you the option to pay $158 and have no citation issued. This means - if you pay the $158 it all goes away (just like your money). No ticket will appear on your driving record, no points, no schools.

If you do not pay the $158 due on the Notice, after 60 days the municipality will issue you a citation. The citation is sent via certified mail. Do not ignore postal notices that there is something at the post office for you and, yes, this is the real ticket. The fine amount of the ticket is $262.

When You Receive The Ticket

If you have decided not to pay the $158 (or you never received the Notice) and you have received the ticket you have two options. You can pay the $262 or set the ticket for a hearing.

At this point, never just pay the $262. Set the ticket for a hearing. In Orange County you can go to the hearing and not contest it and usually the enforcement officer will reduce the fine back down to $158. However, it remains a ticket and will appear on your driving record.

If you want to contest it you should hire our Office since we have been contesting these infractions since 2010. We will do everything we can to make sure the best possible outcome occurs for you. Just because you hire a lawyer does not mean the ticket will be dismissed.

The actual law they cite you for violating is s. 316.075(1)(c)1., Fla. Stat. This states that a vehicle must first "stop" before a steady red signal. However (according to s. 316.0083, Fla. Stat.), a citation "may not" be issued, pursuant to the statute for failure to stop at a red light if the driver is making a right-hand turn in a careful and prudent manner. Forget this language. I have never seen anyone win their hearing on it. You must stop.

How to Avoid a Red Light Camera Ticket

When approaching any red light you must stop before the white stripe on the road or, if no stripe, before entering a crosswalk or the intersection. If right on red is permitted you may proceed after coming to a complete stop.

Drive the speed limit to allow for a safe stop should the light turn yellow before you enter the intersection.

Do not follow large trucks closely into an intersection. If you cannot see the light signal allow the truck to pull ahead until you can see it.

Can I Represent Myself in Court?

Yes you can. Remember what I stated above - most hearing officers and enforcement officers will accept an uncontested plea of guilty or no contest and reduce the fine back down to the Notice amount of $158. I do not suggest you try to contest the citation unless the camera evidence is clearly erroneous or open to debate. Read more . . ..

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