Those caught street racing in our state may anticipate a slap on the wrist and a simple traffic ticket. You will receive a citation from the police, but you could also face other severe consequences.
Street racing may involve several charges (speeding, etc.), some posing the risk of license revocation. Make certain you understand all the charges filed against you.
What constitutes street racing?
Under Florida law, operating vehicles at accelerated speeds on public highways to win a competition is an example of street racing. The statute addresses many other unlawful roadway activities. Examples include:
- Drifting or executing a skid
- Taking over a portion of the road for racing
- Performing stunt maneuvers on public roads
- Making doughnuts or doing wheelies on roadways
- Participating in or viewing unlawful roadway competitions
You can also face trouble if you use a vehicle to record or film illegal highway activities.
What penalties might you face?
A first offense involving street racing is a misdemeanor, but it can still pose significant hardships. Possible penalties include the loss of your driving privileges for one year. You could also face a fine of up to $1,000.
A second street racing offense within five years of the first is also a felony, but the penalties are more severe. Your fine may reach $3,000, and you will lose your license for two years. Subsequent offenses mean more expensive fines and enduring more years without driving privileges.
Is a defense possible?
Defense is always possible when facing legal trouble. Sometimes, there is no proof that you acted unlawfully. Other times, the police might have made a mistake when issuing a ticket or making an arrest. Explore your traffic ticket defense options, especially if the ticket precedes more serious charges.