Miami Racing on Highway Attorney
If you have been stopped, or arrested
for racing on highway, give us a call as soon as possible. Racing on highway is a serious criminal charge, and you may be
facing jail. However, the attorney has a lot of experience defending racing on highway charges and he is willing to discuss
the facts of your case with you during a free consultation.
Racing is a difficult charge
for the State to prove. For instance, how do you know if two cars are racing, or just speeding independently side by side?
That is the question that our attorney has posed to the Jury when he has taken racing cases to trial.
Let him put his experience defending racing on highway charges to work for you.
316.191 Racing on highways.--
(1) As used in this section, the term:
means a determination of guilt that is the result of a plea or trial, regardless of whether adjudication is withheld.
(b) "Drag race" means the operation of two or more motor vehicles
from a point side by side at accelerating speeds in a competitive attempt to outdistance each other, or the operation of one
or more motor vehicles over a common selected course, from the same point to the same point, for the purpose of comparing
the relative speeds or power of acceleration of such motor vehicle or motor vehicles within a certain distance or time limit.
(c) "Racing" means the use of one or more motor
vehicles in an attempt to outgain or outdistance another motor vehicle, to prevent another motor vehicle from passing, to
arrive at a given destination ahead of another motor vehicle or motor vehicles, or to test the physical stamina or endurance
of drivers over long-distance driving routes.
person may not:
1. Drive any motor vehicle, including
any motorcycle, in any race, speed competition or contest, drag race or acceleration contest, test of physical endurance,
or exhibition of speed or acceleration or for the purpose of making a speed record on any highway, roadway, or parking lot;
2. In any manner participate in, coordinate, facilitate, or
collect moneys at any location for any such race, competition, contest, test, or exhibition;
3. Knowingly ride as a passenger in any such race, competition, contest, test, or exhibition; or
4. Purposefully cause the movement of traffic to slow or stop for any such race,
competition, contest, test, or exhibition.
Any person who violates any provision of this paragraph commits a misdemeanor
of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083. Any person
who violates any provision of this paragraph shall pay a fine of not less than $500 and not more than $1,000, and the department
shall revoke the driver license of a person so convicted for 1 year. A hearing may be requested pursuant to s. 322.271.
(b) Any person who violates paragraph (a) within 5 years after the date of a prior violation that
resulted in a conviction for a violation of this subsection commits a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided
in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083, and shall pay a fine of not less than $500 and not more than
$1,000. The department shall also revoke the driver license of that person for 2 years. A hearing may be requested pursuant
to s. 322.271.
(c) In any case charging a violation of paragraph (a), the court shall be
provided a copy of the driving record of the person charged and may obtain any records from any other source to determine
if one or more prior convictions of the person for violation of paragraph (a) have occurred within 5 years prior to the charged
(3) Whenever a law enforcement officer determines
that a person was engaged in a drag race or race, as described in subsection (1), the officer may immediately arrest and take
such person into custody. The court may enter an order of impoundment or immobilization as a condition of incarceration or
probation. Within 7 business days after the date the court issues the order of impoundment or immobilization, the clerk of
the court must send notice by certified mail, return receipt requested, to the registered owner of the motor vehicle, if the
registered owner is a person other than the defendant, and to each person of record claiming a lien against the motor vehicle.
(a) Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, the
impounding agency shall release a motor vehicle under the conditions provided in s. 316.193(6)(e), (f), (g), and (h), if the owner or agent presents a valid driver license at the time
of pickup of the motor vehicle.
(b) All costs and fees for the
impoundment or immobilization, including the cost of notification, must be paid by the owner of the motor vehicle or, if the
motor vehicle is leased or rented, by the person leasing or renting the motor vehicle, unless the impoundment or immobilization
order is dismissed. All provisions of s. 713.78 shall apply.
(c) Any motor vehicle used in violation
of subsection (2) may be impounded for a period of 10 business days if a law enforcement officer has arrested and taken a
person into custody pursuant to this subsection and the person being arrested is the registered owner or coowner of the motor
vehicle. If the arresting officer finds that the criteria of this paragraph are met, the officer may immediately impound the
motor vehicle. The law enforcement officer shall notify the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles of any impoundment
for violation of this subsection in accordance with procedures established by the department. The provisions of paragraphs
(a) and (b) shall be applicable to such impoundment.
motor vehicle used in violation of subsection (2) by any person within 5 years after the date of a prior conviction of that
person for a violation under subsection (2) may be seized and forfeited as provided by the Florida Contraband Forfeiture Act.
This subsection shall only be applicable if the owner of the motor vehicle is the person charged with violation of subsection
(5) This section does not apply to licensed or duly
authorized racetracks, drag strips, or other designated areas set aside by proper authorities for such purposes.