Racing on a Highway


SHORSTEIN, LASNETSKI, & GIHON
helps people defend against Racing on a Highway allegations.

SLG Law has experienced attorneys who have handled countless driving offenses, including Racing on a Highway.  This is an often misunderstood and overcharged law.  You can lose your license, incur heavy fines, have your vehicle impounded, incur other collateral consequences, and even be sentenced to jail, if you are convicted of Racing on Highways.  Give us a call to discuss your case.

What is Racing on a Highway?

Racing on a Highway is defined in Florida Statute Section 316.191.  In order to be convicted of Racing on the Highway, the State must prove that you:

    1. drove a motor vehicle in, or
    2. participated, coordinated, facilitated, or collected monies at any location for, or
    3. knowingly rode as a passenger in, or
    4. purposely caused moving traffic to slow or stop for

  1. a race, or
  2. a drag race or
  3. acceleration contest, or
  4. a speed competition or contest, or
  5. a test of physical endurance, or
  6.  an exhibition of speed or acceleration, or
  7. an attempt to make a speed record

  1. on a  highway, or
  2. roadway, or
  3. parking lot. 


What are the possible consequences of a Racing on Highways conviction?

A violation of the Racing on Highways statute is  a First Degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 1 year in jail. 
First Offense
Up to 1 year in jail
$500-$1000 fine
1 year driver's license revocation

Second Offense Within 5 Years
Up to 1 year in jail
$1000-$3000 fine
2 year driver's license revocation

Third or Subsequent Violation Within 5 Years
Up to 1 year in jail
$2000 - $5000 fine
4 year driver's license revocation

In addition to the above possible sentences, the Judge can order the vehicle impounded or immobilized.

What are the possible defenses to Racing on Highways?

Police officers often charge citizens with violating this statute when they simply rev their engines at a stop light and accelerate quickly once the light turns green.  This is an improper use of this law, which is intended to punish unsanctioned drag races and other races.  The most common defense related to Racing on Highways is that the person was not racing.  This may be the subject of a motion to dismiss, part of negotiations with the State Attorney's Office, or the defense at trial. 

If you have been cited or arrested for
Racing on Highways,

Call Shorstein, Lasnetski & Gihon now at
904-642-3332 (Jacksonville) or 407-228-2019 (Orlando).

 
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