What To Do When You Get a Florida Traffic Ticket:
If you have received a ticket while driving in Florida, you most likely want to cut your ticket fees or get rid of the ticket altogether. That is where Florida traffic school
and driver improvement programs come into play as a way to reduce points placed on your driver's license.
This is the easiest and cheapest option for dealing with a traffic citation. Completing a course in Florida traffic school
will improve your driving skills and ensure the following:
- Your driver license record stays clean and your insurance rates stay low
- Your insurance can’t be canceled because of this ticket
- You maintain a Safe Driver Status with DMV
- You don’t need to hire lawyer or appear in court
- While it’s the easiest (not cheapest) option, paying the traffic ticket will result in points on your driving record and may cause your auto premiums to go up.
- Too many points on your driver record may cause your driver license to be suspended.
- If you still insist, skip the courthouse, pay your traffic citations online. Click here to pay your ticket.
- Fight your ticket in court.
- You need to hire an attorney.. more $$$
- If you loose, the court will assess points, require that you pay fine.
- Judge may assess you an additional penalty for up to $1000 and may still require you to attend traffic school, or all of the above.
So if you consider whether you are going to be given the opportunity to take traffic school aka driver improvement program. In Florida, if you were charged with a traffic violation—whether you were actually moving or not—that is going to put points on your driving record. Therefore, you are applicable for traffic school. Of course there are exceptions to every rule:
- It cant be a criminal violation
- You must not have a CDL, or commercial driver's license
How to Inform the Court You'll Be Taking Traffic School
Additional Info about Traffic School Completion
When you attend traffic school, aka driver improvement courses, you will fulfill the requirements that are listed as “adjunction withheld.” Your attendance, and successful completion, of traffic school will cover all bases needed to get you out of the trouble your ticket has caused you.What about your traffic fine? Will that be dropped, too? It will not be dropped following traffic school. You will still need to pay for the traffic ticket a civil fine that is to be determined by the Clerk of Court where you received the ticket.After you decide that you want to go to traffic school, you only have 30 days to make your choice. The following is a list of the steps to take when you opt for a driver improvement program:
- Start by checking with the Clerk's office located in the county where you were when you got fined.
- If the police officer gave you an envelope that indicated a mailing address with a city office on it for submitting your payment for your fine, contact that address to let them know you want to go to traffic school. Note that inside the envelope you will have the information you need regarding an affidavit associated with the county's rules and regulations for driver improvement programs.
- You have 30 days from the date that you received your traffic ticket to fill out the affidavit and get it sent back to the county clerk's office. Get the affidavit signed in the presence of a licensed notary public so you can get it notarized, which is a requirement.
- Get the afidavit in the mail as soon as possible. The 30 days applies to how long it will take your affidavit to arrive at the county office. Keep in account for holidays recognized by federal offices as these are days that the USPS and Clerk's offices are closed.
- After you send off the affidavit contact the Clerk's office where you sent the affidavit to make sure it arrived and is completed to their satisfaction. Also you will need to find out what your civil fine will be.
- Now you have the traffic school program to take care of, and this should be completed within 60 to 90 days from the date you got your traffic ticket. After you complete traffic school, send a certificate of completion to the Clerk's office, to the same address where you submitted the affidavit unless otherwise advised.
- If you need the address and contact information for the Clerk of Court in the specified county where you are sending the traffic ticket affidavit and certificate of completion, search through a phone book for the Clerk of the Court in the heading of county government listings. Don't have access to a phone book? Look it up online.
- Other things to consider regarding traffic school:
- You will have to pay for traffic school, and the costs depend on the course you elect to attend.
- You can attend classes online or in person. At Improv Traffic School, you will find both types of driver improvement programs. Choose from Basic Driver Improvement (BDI) and Aggressive Driver Course depending on the type of your offenses.
What if You Change Your Mind?
Once you sign and send that affidavit, you are considered to be a student of Florida traffic school
. If you decide not to attend traffic school, there will be consequences. First, you will be noted as guilty as charged for your traffic violation and you will get points tacked onto your driver's license. Points on your licenses means you can expect for your insurance premium to rise—that is, if the insurance company does not elect to drop you altogether. Also, an accumulation of points on your driver's license will eventually lead to the loss of your driver's license.You can take the traffic school route once a year for up to five times in your life. What if you sign up for traffic school but don't go? This counts as one of your five get-out-of-traffic-violation freebies. Also, by failing to show up you are still counted as going, so you can't sign up for traffic school again for the next year.Helpful hint: If you have a history of traffic violations, save traffic school for those that cause you the most grief and hardship.