Fight Traffic Ticket in Florida
Continue reading this page to learn how to fight your traffic ticket in Florida. If you want to pay your traffic ticket, visit our Paying Traffic Tickets page.
When you contest a traffic ticket in Florida, you must submit a "not guilty" plea in court. Depending on where you were ticketed, you may be able to notify the county court online, by mail, in person, or by phone.
Your traffic ticket has instructions on how to schedule your hearing. You'll need to refer to your FL traffic ticket or contact the appropriate county court for specific instructions on how to proceed.
Pleading not guilty means fighting the charge in court.
If you decide to plead not guilty, the FL county court may waive your right to:
- Have your charge reduced.
- Having your ticket dismissed.
- Attend a Basic Driver Education Course (to avoid points and higher auto insurance rates).
Be sure to respond to your traffic ticket by the deadline. If you fail to respond to your traffic ticket in the time allotted, you'll receive a D-6 suspension. At this point, your driver’s license is suspendedindefinitely, but usually that means until you satisfy the traffic ticket, pay the D-6 reinstatement fee and show proof of it all to the court.
Keep in mind that pleading not guilty and scheduling a hearing means you will appear before a judge and make your case. Once you get your hearing date, consider hiring a traffic ticket attorney to represent you.
Generally, if you're found not guilty, the county clerk will send you on your way. However, if you're found guilty, the clerk will give you details on fines, additional court costs and surcharges, and further penalties (if applicable).
Whether you're found guilty or innocent, it's best to check your FL driving record after your case is finalized. If you're found guilty, your driving record might reflect a certain number of points; if you're found innocent, your driving record should reflect no additional points.
For more information on accumulating driving record points in Florida, please read our page about the FL point system.
In Florida, drivers may be eligible to attend a Basic Driver Improvement Course to avoid driving record points and an increase in car insurance. When you fight a FL traffic ticket, the court will often take this offer off the table.
If you're found guilty in court, you may want to start comparing auto insurance rates online and shopping for a better deal.