Traffic FAQ Page

What the State does not tell you, and common misconceptions

  1. Will I have to appear in court even after I hire an attorney?
  2. Does the retainer that I pay the attorney satisfy any and all payments required on the citation?
  3. How long will I have to pay the additional court costs, and where do I make payment to?
  4. Do I pay the ticket fine if I hire an attorney?
  5. Once I hire an attorney, how long does this process last?
  6. How long do I have to respond to the citation once it is issued?
  7. Can the Court suspend my license on a regular civil (non-criminal) traffic citation?
  8. How many points can I get in one year before my license is suspended?
  9. How far does my driving record go back in Court?
  10. If my license is suspended in another state, can I get a license in Florida?
  11. What happens if I fail to pay the court costs or fines?
  12. How do I find out about the status of my ticket once I hire your firm?
  13. Why can’t I pay the ticket that is marked, Criminal Violation, appearance required?

What the State does not tell you, and common misconceptions

If you plead guilty and go to traffic school, your insurance company will learn of this, which may result in an increase in your rates. Any attendance of driving school is noted on your record, and will be a factor in your rate increase. Depending upon your carrier, rates can rise as much as 30% for one ticket

Your driving record is a matter of public record and can be accessed by anyone including insurance, employees, credit inquiries, and more.

Your driving record in court goes back thirty (30) years. The common misconception is that is only goes back seven (7).

You can only elect to take driving school five (5) times in your life and once (1) per year. When you elect to take driving school, you have to pay a discounted portion of the fine, however, many Florida counties require that you pay additional amounts for the driving school election, and then you have to pay the independent driving school for its services, and then spend four (4) to eight (8) hours of your life taking the driving course.

Traffic FAQ’s:

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1. Will I have to appear in court even after I hire an attorney?

No, once an attorney has been retained on a civil traffic infraction, you are no longer required to appear, the attorney will appear on your behalf. However, if you wish to appear, you may at your own election. In the event that you have a criminal traffic citation, or an infraction for which your appearance is required (normally checked on a box right below the half way mark on your ticket and on the left side) your appearance is required at all hearings, which our firm will notice you of by mail and phone.

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2. Does the retainer that I pay the attorney satisfy any and all payments required on the citation?

No, the retainer is solely the fee to hire this firm to represent you on the ticket; the Court may apply court costs at the hearing. However, if the ticket is dismissed, then no other action or payment is required.

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3. How long will I have to pay the additional court costs, and where do I make payment to?

After receiving the Court’s instructions at the hearing, our firm will send a letter along with instructions to make any payment, if necessary, and will explain where and how long you have to make payment.

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4. Do I pay the ticket fine if I hire an attorney?

No, you do not pay the ticket fine once you hire an attorney.
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5. Once I hire an attorney, how long does this process last?

From the time our firm is retained to the time you receive notice of the Court’s decision on your case from our firm, is anywhere from 4 to 6 months.

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6. How long do I have to respond to the citation once it is issued?

On a civil traffic infraction, you have thirty (30) days to either plead not guilty or request a hearing date or pay the ticket. If you do not reply within the thirty (30) days, you will be late, and a late fee will be applied by the court. Furthermore, the court will suspend your license, and you will have to reinstate the license which also requires a fee. Different counties may have different rules as to how you can or when you can pay a late fee and receive a clearance to remove the suspension.

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7. Can the Court suspend my license on a regular civil (non-criminal) traffic citation?

Yes, the Court, by statute, can apply up to a $500.00 fine and suspension on any moving violation.

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8. How many points can I get in one year before my license is suspended?

If you receive twelve (12) points in a twelve (12) month period, your license will be suspended for thirty (30) days. If you receive eighteen points (18) points in an eighteen (18) month period, your license will be suspended for three (3) months. If you receive twenty-four (24) points in a thirty-six (36) month period, your license will be suspended for one (1) year.

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9. How far does my driving record go back in Court?

The Court will have your record for the past thirty (30) years, and may see infractions received in other states.
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10. If my license is suspended in another state, can I get a license in Florida?

No, any suspension by the Department of Motor Vehicles in one state will bar you from getting a license in another, including Florida.

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11. What happens if I fail to pay the court costs or fines within the time I had to pay as designated by the Court?

The Clerk will suspend your license and you will have to pay late fees and a suspension clearance fee to reinstate your license.

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12. How do I find out about the status of my ticket once I hire your firm?

You can contact our firm for updates on your matter during normal business hours, 8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday. You can also contact us by email to traffictickets@ks-law.com. Depending upon the county, for which you received your ticket, you can also find the status of your case by searching for the clerk of court’s website for the county. Once you locate the correct site, the site may include a public case search which will provide you with the pertinent information on the status of your case by typing in your name or citation/case number.

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13.Why can’t I pay the ticket that is marked, Criminal Violation, appearance required?

Traffic citations also act under Florida law as an arrest. When you receive a ticket that is checked, Criminal Violation, that means that you have been charged with a misdemeanor or felony traffic charges. Rather than a civil infraction, this is considered a criminal charge. This requires that you attend Court and argue your case before a Judge with the State represented by the State’s Attorney Office. These charges have jail time associated depending upon the degree of the criminal charge. It is very important that you have legal counsel to assist you in the defense of these charges, as they could lead to jail time, and may also leave a criminal mark on your record, which will show for a period of 75 years. K/S has represented thousands of people for these charges, which include, but not limit, driving with a suspended license with knowledge, operating without a valid license, operating with an expired license, and many others.

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