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Q:     Am I allowed to file a motion to dismiss a traffic citation for careless driving in Volusia County, Florida?   I was cited for careless driving because my tires lost traction while waiting to… Scroll down to read more!

Q:     Am I allowed to file a motion to dismiss a traffic citation for careless driving in Volusia County, Florida?   I was cited for careless driving because my tires lost traction while waiting to advance at a stop sign. The officer also wrote “careless driving, spinning tires” on the citation. A light drizzle of rain had stopped 7 minutes before the loss of traction occurred, which I have verified with precipitation data for that date and time. My car was overheating due to unusually heavy traffic for the intersection, and I was holding the idle at 2000 rpm’s. I wasn’t attempting to “spin my tires” as some display of speed. In spite of the fact that there was a vehicle only 3 feet from my bumper, I did not contact any vehicle or even move forward as a result of the wheel spin. I would like to file the motion because I feel like this officer is wasting mine and the court’s time over a false charge.
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Answered In FL “careless driving” means failing to operate a vehicle in a careful and prudent manner with regard for the width grade curves, corners, traffic and all other attendant circumstances so as to not endanger the life limb or property of another. It usually requires some combination of actions (like spinning your tires and hitting the car in front of you) and not just one violation.

It is doubtful (make that extremely unlikely) that a traffic division judge will hear a Motion prior to the time of trial. You will likely have to make your motion in trial after cross-examining the officer (to establish that your roadrunner tire spin move did not endanger the life limb or property of another and that the State has therefore failed to prove an essential element of the offense), but you should know that Judges tend to give a wide berth to CD charges. Still, spinning tires without more, (like an accident – however minor) should not constitute a CD charge (there is a specific statute for that – 316.154).

All this said your interests are almost always going to be best served by hiring and having a trained ticket lawyer handle your case. Ticket lawyers are generally intimately familiar with the law, defenses and perhaps more importantly, with the Court and the cops. You should receive (or have received) several solicitations from ticket attorneys shortly after being cited, but if not, then google “Daytona Beach Ticket Lawyer” and you will have plenty to choose from.

Either way best of luck.

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