CIVIL TRAFFIC INFRACTIONS – General Information
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Please note: the information on this page only applies to civil traffic citations (also known as traffic tickets or infractions). All criminal traffic citations (DUI, Driving w/licensed suspended knowingly, etc) require a court appearance. If you received a criminal traffic citation, you must appear in County Court on the date and time given to you on your citation to plead to the charges. For additional information, please visit our Criminal section.
I received a civil traffic infraction, what are my options?
Any of the options below must be elected within (30) calendar days from the date of the citation. If you are mailing your payment, it must be received in the Clerk’s office by the 30th day. Payments received after the 30th day will be considered delinquent and will be subjected to a late fee and/or a suspension of your driver’s license.
PAY THE TICKET: If you elect to pay the ticket, you might be eligible to attend traffic school to keep the points from being assessed against your license. Click here for more information on attending traffic school.
WRITTEN PLEA OF NOT GUILTY: If you decide to fight the ticket in court, you must complete a Written Plea of Not Guilty form. If you are unable to access the form, you may mail a statement stating that you wish to plead “Not Guilty”, enclosing a copy of your citation. You will be assigned a court date in the near future and notified by mail.
AFFIDAVIT OF DEFENSE IN LIEU OF APPEARANCE: If you are unable to appear in person and want to fight the ticket, you must complete an Affidavit of Defense and post an appearance bond in the amount of $150 at the time you file your defense. Your affidavit and defense must be notarized. The Judge will make a decision based on your statement of defense and the testimony of the issuing officer. You will be notified of the Judge’s decision after the hearing. You will receive a notice of the hearing date by mail.
MOTION TO CONTINUE: If you would like to request a continuance for your hearing, please submit a Request for Continuance to our office at least five (5) business days prior to your court date.
PLEA NO CONTEST: If you wish to request that the judge withhold the points (without a court hearing) you may complete the Plea of No Contest (Infraction) form or a Plea of No Contest (Infraction with Crash) form and submit the form along with $16.71 (pays for a copy of your driving history) to our office within 30 days of the citation. We will send your plea and driving history to the judge who will make a decision without a court hearing. If the judge accepts your plea of no contest, he/she will give you a certain period of time to pay the citation (usually 30-60 days). If the judge denies your plea of no contest, you may then elect to pay the citation as indicated above or request a court hearing.
Where can I pay the ticket?
If your traffic citation was issued in Hernando County you have three options for paying (If you want to attend traffic school, don’t forget to elect school at the time you are paying):
1. ONLINE at www.myfloridacounty.com (Certain tickets cannot be paid online. They include cases involving a mandatory court appearance, proof of vehicle registration, insurance or valid driver’s license required, faulty equipment, and tickets that are past due)
2. MAIL – personal check made payable to Don Barbee Jr., Clerk of Court, money order, or cashier’s check to: (don’t forget to include the affidavit and $7 if you are electing traffic school)Hernando County Clerk of Court Traffic Department Rm217 20 N. Main Street Brooksville, FL 34601 3. IN PERSON at the address listed above by personal check, cashier’s check, money order, cash, or credit card (credit card payments are assessed a 3.5% processing fee). How can I receive a reduced fine with “proof”? If you receive a non-criminal citation for not carrying a valid license, registration or insurance and your license, registration or insurance was actually valid on the date you received the citation, you can choose to provide that proof to the Clerk’s office who will dismiss the citation for a $10.00 administrative fee. If you receive a criminal citation for certain charges relating to valid license, registration or insurance, you may be able to present a valid or re-instated license, registration or insurance to the Clerk’s office before your scheduled court date, plead nolo contendre, sign an Affidavit, (See Forms) and receive a withheld adjudication. The fee for this option is $236.50. This election can be made only once in twelve (12) months and three (3) times in a lifetime. Where can I obtain a driving record history? Driving history records may be purchased at the address above. A 3 year driving history = $14.25 and a 10 year driving history = $16.25. How many points can be assessed against my driver’s license? Points are assessed for the following violations: