Lawyers, Answer Questions  & Get Points Log In
Florida Traffic Tickets Questions & Answers
2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Criminal Law for Florida on
Q: I’m 15 and I’ll turn 16 in less then a month. I got 2 tickets and I’m being sent to court.Can I go alone to court in fl?

I got two tickets for speeding in a school zone and driving without a license. I’m getting my permit next week. The police officer gave me a court date, can I go to court alone In Broward county or at least bring my friend whose 18 without letting my parents know?

Corey I. Cohen
Corey I. Cohen answered on Mar 4, 2020

Yes, but it's always better to have a lawyer handle it so you don't even have to appear in court.

View More Answers

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Florida on
Q: I received a Tix for no registration. Was unable to get it because my DL recently expired. Have been trying to get my bb

Birth certificate for three months now. Even though I've been licensed in FL for 36 yrs because of new laws implemented I have to provide my birth certificate, ss card, etc. I only realized that my license had expired two weeks after the fact when it was brought to my attention by a security guard.... Read more »

Jean Richardson
Jean Richardson answered on Feb 25, 2020

Did you have an attorney? Did you plea "no contest"? Typically, you have 30 days to appeal. If you are within 30 days of your sentencing, you should consult with an appellate attorney. Good luck!

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Florida on
Q: I live in Florida and went on vacation with my wife and two daughters to Georgia to visit my mother.

On our way back to Florida on 75 I was pulled over in sycamore county for tinted windows and given a ticket. The car was bought new at Toyota and came with tint from the dealer and is in compliance with Florida law but I guess not Georgia law. My tint is 30 on the front 2 and 15 on the back 3. Is... Read more »

Henry George Ferro
Henry George Ferro answered on Feb 21, 2020

I am not authorized to practice law in Georgia. However, the statute in Georgia is, as follows:

Georgia's O.C.G.A. § 40-8-73.1 regulates vehicle window tinting. Under this statute, you cannot legally tint the front windshield at all, and you cannot reduce light transmission through the...
Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Florida on
Q: Hii I got stopped by the police for driving without license He gave me a ticket and said I have to appear in court

I went to court the judge gave me a certain amount of days to get my license they said when I reappear back in court and I have my license they are going to dismiss the ticket what if I didn’t pass the driving test or exam and didn’t get my license What will happen when I go back to court will... Read more »

Jean Richardson
Jean Richardson answered on Feb 17, 2020

If the officer was extremely nice and chose to charge you with a failure to display, then it is a civil infraction. Therefore, no jail involved. It sounds like you were charged with a second degree misdemeanor driving without a valid DL. If that is the case, you face up to maximum 60 days in jail.... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Florida on
Q: Got pulled over and the cop gave me a ticket for following to closely but i was in the corner of my house.

No cars where infront of me but he gave me the ticket cause my lisence is suspended. So i got 2 tickets. The following to closely dont have description. Can i win the case in court and everything can drop?

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jan 26, 2020

You were driving your car "in the corner of [your] house"? You probably aren't going to be able to beat the suspended license charge.

View More Answers

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Florida on
Q: Can a officer write 2 separate tickets for a subsection of a law

I got pulled over last night for splitting lanes on a motorcycle and I got 2 tickets for the same law but it was a different subsection of the law is that the same as breaking 2 laws?

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jan 18, 2020

One would have to know which statutory section it is, but in general, yes; violating two subsections is generally two violations.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Florida on
Q: What happens if a traffic citation hasn't been filed yet and it's beyond the due date?

I got a traffic citation on careless driving and the citation has not been filed with the clerk. I decided to get a lawyer to pay for the ticket online but he can't pay it since it hasn't been filed yet. The due date for the payment is on the 19th. The ticket also says that an appearance in court... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jan 17, 2020

What does your lawyer say? If I were your lawyer, I'd contact the ticketing agency (police department or sheriff's office) and ask them.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Florida on
Q: Can a private citizen issue a motor vehicle ticket in Florida? If so, what is the statute or Rule of Court citation?

Some young person almost killed me and a few others while driving recklessly on a 2 lane highway. She even passed a number of us on the right, driving on the grass. I have her license plate number and I got a good look at her. I want to prosecute her because she is going to kill herself or someone... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Dec 26, 2019

Good question. While private prosecution for violation of criminal statutes is allowed in some states, it is not in Florida, to my knowledge.

Why don't you contact the local police or State's attorney?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Florida on
Q: I got a ticket for speeding and the officer clocked me doing 65 in a 55 but in the description of what the ticket is for

Says i was going 20 over the speed limit in two different areas. What should i do, since i was only going 10 over?

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Nov 21, 2019

The ticket says you were actually going 20 over the limit, but you are being charged with only 10 over? So what's the problem? The officer gave you a break, or figured that he/she couldn't prove that you were going 20 over.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Florida on
Q: Traffic Citation with another drivers registration information on the ticket

I recently was ticketed for unlawful speeding, however, the ticket had my license information but with another drivers registration information on the ticket.

I am not sure why the officer had another drivers registration on the ticket. I drive a truck not a car.

What would you... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Nov 18, 2019

It appears to me that the drive who was ticket somehow had your driver's license. Go to the hearing and be prepared to prove that it wasn't you who was speeding, nor was it your vehicle.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Florida on
Q: was giving a ticket for driving to fast in hazardous conditions after a wreck and when I paid the ticket it came back

And gave me a court date

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Nov 14, 2019

Chances are that there are penalties other than the fine involved. Call them and ask about it, or go to the hearing if in doubt.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Florida on
Q: was pulled over this morning for going 33 mph over the speed limit the officer gave me a citation what do I do?
Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Nov 8, 2019

Go to the hearing and ask for a withholding of adjudication. If the officer fails to show up, or can't prove the radar device was properly certified, you may be able to get the case dismissed.

1 Answer | Asked in Identity Theft and Traffic Tickets for Florida on
Q: My Driving License Identity was used at a traffic citation by someone. I have received Order of Suspension from the Stat

Hi I received a Order of Suspension letter from the State of Florida Division of Motorist Services. Someone used my license details (name / DOB /height) on a traffic citation and the county is taking me to court. The car details on the Citation are unknown to me and I can prove I was at a... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Nov 8, 2019

You go to the hearing and prove it wasn't you. You might want to subpoena witnesses who would testify as to your alibi.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Florida on
Q: Is a ticket still valid although, the ticket was never signed by the violator?
Justin Gary Hausler
Justin Gary Hausler answered on Nov 7, 2019

Yes, the citation can still be submitted to the court. There is no requirement that the citation be signed in order for the officer to bring it to court.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Florida on
Q: What happens after getting multiple (4) speeding tickets and unknowingly driving while license is suspended in florida

I have had a pretty bad year of driving to say the least. I have received four speeding tickets, two of them I have already paid, and two of them + the driving w/ suspended license pending because I have just hired an attorney to try and fight them. I am 19 years old and I was wondering what are my... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Nov 6, 2019

You are probably going to get the points.

You should have had some idea your license was going to be suspended for not going to driver school, so I would question whether the issue that you were not informed of the suspension will be a valid argument regarding the third ticket.

If...
Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Florida on
Q: I was driving and passed a car. At the next light noticed was taking pictures of plate. Can anything come of this?

The vehicle was moving pretty slowly, assume they think I was traveling too fast. Fairly certain I was going the speed limit. There is a school zone in the area, but did not appear to be active. This was in Florida. Can you get a ticket for speeding if a cop is not present?

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Oct 21, 2019

In theory, I suppose you could be ticketed, but as a practical matter it would be extremely unlikely.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets and Juvenile Law for Florida on
Q: My minor child got pulled over and had a vape pen with a sealed cartridge of THC. Do we need a lawyer?

The police said they would contact us with the lab results. My child has started counseling and the counselor thought he might need a lawyer.

Jonathan Blecher
Jonathan Blecher answered on Sep 23, 2019

Possession of THC is a vape cart is a felony. The State has moved away from charging possession of cannabis cases (flower form), but they are still prosecuting vapes. Your child needs a lawyer.

View More Answers

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Florida on
Q: Florida Statutes 90.803 understanding and is a cop being able to be a witness

As 90.803 is stated: to the contrary notwithstanding, the following are not inadmissible as evidence, even though the declarant is available as a witness.

Do that mean Spontaneous Statement IS admissible in court because of the weird wording "not inadmissible."

I was driving when I... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Sep 20, 2019

Yes, it's a double negative, but it means what it says: in other words spontaneous statements ARE admissible even if they are hearsay. Also note subsection (18), admissions (your statement made to someone else).

The officer can probably testify as to your admission that you failed to...
Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Florida on
Q: My 17yr old received a ticket. The officer cited him for going 45 in a 35mph zone but then also wrote he was going 66.

My son received a traffic ticket and was cited for going 45 in a 35mph zone. In the notes field though the officer wrote that he clocked my son going 66. My son has never had a ticket before, he says he was going the speed limit, and because there are two different speeds on the ticket I can't be... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Sep 20, 2019

No, you cannot represent your son in court unless you are a licensed attorney.

Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.

The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.

Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.