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How to Dispute a Traffic Ticket
When a person receives a traffic ticket there are typically three options available to the driver:
- Just Pay the Ticket.
- Elect the Driving School Option.
- Elect to Have a Hearing.
Should I Just Pay the Traffic Ticket
Should a person just pay for a traffic ticket they receive? Absolutely not. If a driver pays for a traffic ticket without electing a hearing or school then the Department will assess points on that driver's driving record. Points affect insurance rates and lead to license suspensions and revocations.
Should I Elect A Driving School
In Florida, the law allows for a driver to elect a driving school 5-times. If eligible a driver should consider electing driving school if they have received a speeding ticket. Some reasons why a person may be ineligible are:
- Already elected driving school within the last 12-months.
- Driver has a Commercial Drivers License.
- Citation requires a mandatory court appearance.
Should I Elect to Have a Hearing
How can a driver contest a traffic ticket? A bigger hurdle is how can a driver contest a speeding ticket? The driver must inform the Clerk of Court that they want to have a hearing regarding their citation. The court case number and/or the citation number along with the drivers name must be included with the request.
Are you past 30 days since you received your traffic ticket?
A person may still have time to elect a hearing even if they have waited past the thirty days on the ticket. As long as the driver's license has not gone into suspension a driver may still elect a traffic court hearing. The requirement is that the drivers license must still be valid and all late fees must be paid to the Clerk of Court.