Many people think they only have 2 options when they get a ticket; pay it or take traffic school. However, you can also ask for a hearing. Many people do this every day. There are benefits to taking your ticket to a hearing with a ticket lawyer and the biggest is keeping points off your driver’s license. We can help. Check out our reviews for traffic ticket legal representation.
If you have received a ticket please read below.
What To Do if You Get a Traffic Ticket
The first thing you must not do is panic and rush off and just pay the ticket. You have 30 days from the day you received the traffic ticket to decide what to do (make an election). You should take the time to read the ticket after you have had time to relax. Wait a day or two – then read it. By then the excitement will have worn off. You will realize that you have several options (called elections). The three main ones are:
- Pay the traffic ticket
- Elect a traffic school
- Request a hearing
1. Never Just Pay The Ticket (for the sake of your Driver’s License)
If you just pay the traffic ticket without electing a hearing or traffic school you will be assessed points. Points lead to:
- Higher Insurance Rates.
- Driver’s License Suspensions.
If you are concerned about the status of your driver’s license, you can find out what the status is on my Driver’s License Check page.
2. Elect A Driving School; No Ticket Lawyer Needed
Florida law allows you to elect a driving school once every 12 months up to five times. You should take this option if you do not hire a lawyer. Reasons you may not be eligible for traffic school:
- You have elected driving school fives times.
- You elected driving school within the last 12-months.
- You have a Commercial Drivers License.
- The citation requires a mandatory court appearance.
Elect a traffic school if you believe you are guilty of the infraction and want the cheapest method of keeping points off your license. The Clerk will make you pay for the ticket immediately and will give you 90 days to complete the school and provide a copy of the certificate to the clerk’s office.
3. Hire a Ticket Lawyer – Elect a Traffic Hearing
If you elect a hearing I would strongly suggest that you hire a ticket lawyer to represent you. In fact, don’t bother electing the hearing – when you hire me, I will do everything for you. Go to my Benefits of Hiring a Lawyer page for more information.
You should elect a hearing if you cannot take the driving school option and:
- You are concerned about points on your driver’s license.
- You have many points on your driver’s license and you are concerned about a point suspension.
- You believe that the citation is wrong and you want your day in court.
- You received a citation for “careless driving” involving an accident.
- You received a speeding ticket.
- You received a Driving With A Suspended Driver’s License ticket.
I do not suggest that you elect a hearing without hiring a traffic ticket lawyer to represent you. However, you can make this election on your own and represent yourself if you want to. You can always hire a lawyer anytime before the hearing.
Just because you elect a hearing (or hire a lawyer) does not mean you are guaranteed no points. Learn more about this on my Traffic Ticket Guarantees page.
Benefits of Hiring My Office To Represent You
I handle all kinds of tickets from speeding tickets to serious accident cases. BY HIRING OUR OFFICE you will save the time spent:
- Contacting the Clerk of Court (I notify you when it is done).
- Electing a hearing (I notify you of the hearing date).
- Going to the hearing (I notify you f the result).
- Dealing with continuances and delays (I notify you of delays).
- Preparing your case.
Or if you just want to have someone else deal with it – a ticket lawyer can do everything. I can make the election for a hearing, go to court, deal with delays, bring the knowledge of the law, and in most cases – you never have to appear in court. If I need you to appear at the hearing (usually for a ticket involving an accident) I will let you know.
My Goal When Representing You in Court
MY GOAL is to try and have your ticket:
- keep points off,
- avoid traffic school, and/or
- reduce the fine amount.
NOTE: Please understand, none of that may occur. By electing a hearing the court can assess a fine up to $500 (usually for a very bad recent driving record, very high speed, or behavior at the stop) and/or require you to attend a driving school. Our results depend on your driving history and the nature of the current ticket (and what happened at the stop). Our main goal is to protect your privilege to drive in Florida or whatever state you are from (keeping points off is a priority). If you are just worried about points you can elect the driving school option without an attorney so long as you do not have a CDL license and have not elected a driving school in the last year and your ticket does not require a mandatory hearing. (The Florida Bar prohibits attorneys from guaranteeing results.)
You can find the location where to pay your traffic ticket fines and costs on my Where to Pay Your Traffic Ticket page. Most tickets are paid at the County Clerk of Court office.
4. Think You Are Too Late To Fight Your Ticket – You’re Probably Wrong
Even if you are past 30-days since you received the ticket, odds are we can still help. The 30-day time frame is just the period you have to make an election before a late fee is applied. I can elect a hearing for you up to 180-days after you receive the ticket.
Tickets that are past the 30-day window and possibly in collections require special attention. Don’t worry – we may be able to straighten it out for you.
If You Want To Hire A Ticket Lawyer
If you’d like to hire me to represent you for your ticket please contact me. Tell me what the ticket is for and in what county it was issued. If it is a speeding ticket please let me know how fast the officer said you were going (e.g., 85/70, meaning 85 mph in a 70 mph zone). Another option is to scan your ticket to .PDF format and email it to me – or fax (407-841-9090) the ticket.
If you don’t have the ticket, let me know your name as it appears on your driver’s license and the county where you received the ticket. I will look it up and tell you my fee and send you a link to make the payment. If you were in an accident and you were injured please let me know that as soon as possible.
NOTE: We are not responsible for late fees or reinstatement fees. Keep in mind that you have 30 days from the date you received the ticket to make an election. If you hire me after 25 days since you received the ticket I cannot promise that the election will be made before 30 days has expired.
Please fill in as much information as possible. I request your driver’s license number in order to check the status of your driving privilege.