Traffic Ticket Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of your most asked questions regarding Florida traffic tickets. Not sure how to read your speeding traffic ticket? View our online speeding traffic ticket guide.

  • What are my options?
    • Most Florida licensed drivers will have 3 options when they receive a moving traffic violation.
      • Option 1: Pay the ticket.
      • Option 2: Elect traffic school, if eligible.
      • Option 3: Elect a court hearing.
  • What if I’m not a Florida licensed driver?
    • The points may transfer back to your home state.
    • Most jurisdictions will not allow you to elect traffic school to avoid the points.
    • Depending on the type of moving violation you could be facing a license suspension.
  • How many points will I receive?
    • Depending on the type of moving violation you can receive 3, 4 or even 6 points on your license if found guilty.
  • Will my insurance increase?
    • This depends on what the outcome would be.
  • How did they get my speed?
    • There are 4 ways most speeds are captured.
      • Radar
      • Laser
      • Aircraft
      • Pace
  • Can my ticket be dismissed?
    • Depends. When we go to court we will explore all legal ways to get the ticket dismissed otherwise we continue to fight to keep the points off.
  • Will I still have to pay the fine even if the points are taken off?
    • Yes, if the ticket is not outright dismissed you will likely still have to pay a fine.
  • I was in a crash and I want the ticket dismissed because the other side is suing me, can you do that?
    • We will do everything we can to get your ticket dismissed however, regardless of what happens with the actual citation it is completely separate from what happens with any civil lawsuit for injuries.
  • Will my license be suspended?
    • Some types of citations could result in a suspension of your driver’s license. This will depend based on your driving record and type of citation.
  • I’m a commercial driver, what should I do about my moving violation?
    • Commercial drivers can’t elect traffic school to avoid the points, therefore they must elect a traffic hearing. Florida may be changing their laws that even if points are avoided it can still detrimentally affect commercial drivers.
  • I didn’t sign the ticket. Can it be dismissed?
    • The laws have changed that require you sign the ticket. Only in some unique cases is your signature required when issued a citation. Therefore, if you didn’t sign your citation more than likely it isn’t a reason to get it dismissed.
  • The officer didn’t show me his radar when I asked.
    • The officer isn’t required to show you how your speed was calculated while on the roadside however; you are entitled to review the officer’s documentation of the speed measurement device used when you attend court.
  • The information on the ticket is wrong such as my address and the car make and model, can the ticket be dismissed?
    • In most cases incorrect information such as the wrong address of description of the car will not be a legal basis to get the ticket dismissed.
  • If I receive “no points” will it still show on my driving record?
    • Yes, even when you receive no points the citation will still appear on your driving record. However, it will show as no conviction.
  • What is the maximum fine?
    • The maximum fine on most tickets will be $500 however, this can be more depending on the type of citation.
  • What type of traffic schools are there?
    • When you elect traffic school you will only be required to attend the 4 hour traffic school that can be done online or in person.
    • The other types of traffic school is the 8 or 12 hour traffic schools.
  • How much does traffic school cost?
    • Traffic schools can range in cost from $25-$100.
  • Will I have to pay court costs?
    • This depends on the county you received the citation in. Some counties the court costs can be waived. In other counties you may incur court costs as high as $100.
  • Can a lawyer go to court for me?
    • When you hire a lawyer to defend you on your traffic citation you are not required to attend court, even if it is a “mandatory appearance” citation. The lawyer is permitted to attend court on your behalf.

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