Pay Your Traffic Ticket: What are Your Options?
Receiving a traffic ticket can feel overwhelming, especially if you’re unsure where to go to handle it. Before you decide to pay the fine, be sure that is the right option for you.
1. Pay Civil Penalty
By electing to pay the civil penalty which is stated on the back of your citation, the charge will be entered on your driving record as a conviction and the points for the violation will be immediately assessed to your license. By paying the citation, you are pleading guilty to the violation.
2. Enter Plea of Not Guilty (Request a Hearing)
If you believe that you should not have received a ticket, or did not commit a violation, you may decide to request a hearing where you will be able to present your case to a judge.
3. Elect to Attend Traffic School
Once in a 12-month time frame, Florida law allows drivers to elect to attend traffic school attend traffic school. Choosing this option will prevent the violation from being entered as a conviction and will prevent the points associated with the violation from being assessed on your license. Anyone holding a CDL cannot elect to attend traffic school.
4. Enter Plea of No Contest
You have the option to enter a plea of no contest when you have...
- An expired driver’s license
- An expired tag
- No insurance
- Driven with a suspended license without knowledge
This plea admits guilt, but it cannot be used in a later case against you. You will still have to pay the fine.
5. Submit Proof with $10 Dismissal Fee
You have the option to submit valid proof and pay a $10 dismissal fee if you receive a citation for failing to carry or exhibit...
- Your driver’s license
- Your vehicle registration
- Proof of insurance
Before Making Your Decision
Be aware that Florida’s traffic tickets are handled on a county basis, so you should get in contact with the county clerk of court where your citation was issued. You can visit the court’s website or contact them via phone to learn more information that will help you make your decision. Some counties conveniently allow you to handle your ticket online. If you have any questions or concerns, get in touch with the county where you received the ticket. Find your county clerk.