Pasco County, located just north of Tampa, is the home of Giraffe Ranch Farm Tours, an annual kumquat festival, and the longleaf triathlon. With a population of almost 500,000 people, the county has a wide array of individuals. It has become a home of many agricultural developments and landmarks. With Dade City, Zephyrhills, and New Port Richey as its anchor cities, the county is home to many smaller towns and cities. The two largest have two courthouses, downtowns, and city councils. The County also has several interstates and highways that run through it, including I-75, US Highway 41, US Highway 19, and several other highways and roads. These roads are heavily trafficked and are the source of a lot of traffic violations.
Traffic violations in Pasco County are primarily civil infractions requiring payment of a fine and/or attendance at a hearing to “fight” the ticket. These of course should be attended by yourself and if you so choose a Pasco County Speeding Ticket Lawyer. If you are at all having doubts or are concerned about your traffic violation, you should consult with a Dade City Traffic Attorney or a New Port Richey Traffic Attorney in order to have your questions and concerns answered and addressed. The most common questions stem from issues surrounding DUI, driving without a license, methods for calculating speed, and point system issues.
Florida does have a point system, which Pasco County must enforce. If you are found to be in violation of a traffic statute, then you may be assessed fines. If you receive more than 12 points in 12 month period you will be subject to a license suspension for thirty (30) days. If you receive more points, you may be subject to higher penalties. The penalties assessed may be lowered or lessened if you have a Pasco County Traffic Attorney with you in order to help you fight your case.
Pasco County has several agencies that help police the territory. They are Pasco County Sherriff’s office, Dade City Police Department, New Port Richey Police Department, Port Richey Police Department, and Zephyrhills Police Department. Pasco County issues more than 40,000 citations per year. Nearly half of all criminal citations issued in Pasco County involve DUIs and/or Driving without a License. Civil Infractions include reckless driving, failure to stop at a traffic signal, speeding, and/or improper insurance/registration. Both criminal and civil citations are able to be fought in court.
If you have received a criminal citation or a civil citation that you wish to dispute, then you will attend a hearing. You will need to contact the Clerk of the Court within 30 days from the citation to request a hearing. A Dade City Traffic Lawyer, New Port Richey Traffic Lawyer or Zephyrhills Traffic Lawyer can assist you in getting a hearing and/or in contesting your ticket. They will know the process and be able to assist you in understanding each step along the way.
There are two courthouses in Pasco County. These courthouses are located in Dade City and New Port Richey. The Dade City Courthouse is located at: 38053 Live Oak, Dade City, FL 33523. This location may be chosen for your violation if you citation was issued closer to the Dade City courthouse. The New Port Richey Courthouse is located at: 7350 Little Road, New Port Richey, FL 34654. You will have a hearing at this location if your violation was closer to the New Port Richey Courthouse. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Clerk of the Court the following number (352) 521-4503. Be prepared with your citation number so that the Clerk may assist you quickly.
The next step in the process is to get educated about your rights and what your options are. The best way to do that is to speak with a Pasco County Traffic Lawyer, so that he or she may assist you in understanding the process, your possible defense and your options.