Orlando, FL asked in Traffic Tickets for Florida

Q: Time Limit For Contesting Tickets/Fines?

I was in a bad car accident 2 years ago and got a ticket, though I wasn't at fault, for driving without a license. I did have my license with me, but I was seriously hurt and told not to move, and it was in the back seat. I told the trooper this, and later found the license in my vehicle at the towyard, after the ticket was given to me. I have this and some other things that I would like to contest/begin to take care of now that I am getting better and am medically able to drive again (I am disabled, from the accident, and could not afford to pay the fines for awhile, as I was out of work and waiting for my disability judgment.

My question is, can I still contest the ticket, and would I be able to write to the judge to maybe get the fines reduced or consolidated and put on a payment plan?

Thanks in advance!

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Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
Answered
  • Freeeport, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: While it is probably too late to contest the ticket in court, you could dontact the agency which ticketed you to see about resolving this. A judge is generally not allowed to talk to you about something like this, except at a properly noticed hearing or trial.

Antoine Dumas Jr.
Antoine Dumas Jr.
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: Hi,

First of all, I should say I'm sorry you had to go through all that you've been through and I am happy to hear that you are doing better now.

As far as the ticket is concerned, that's one that could be thrown out quite effortlessly unless it has already been adjudicated. Unfortunately, if it hasn't already been adjudicated, there's probably a bench warrant out for your arrest. In that case you'd probably need a lawyer to set aside the warrant and enter a plea of not guilty on your behalf and then go from there.

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