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Traffic Infractions Requiring a Mandatory Hearing

Although most civil traffic violations do not require a mandatory court appearance or hearing, the most serious types of traffic tickets do require you (or your attorney) to appear in court. The attorneys appear in court for their clients regardless of whether the citation requires a mandatory court appearance, but citations with this requirement are more serious.

Although we typically charge $150 for a traffic ticket involving a civil traffic violation, the price is slightly higher if a mandatory court appearance is required. Florida Statute Section 318.19 defines the term “infraction requiring a mandatory hearing”  as those violations that required an appearance before a designated official at the time and location of the scheduled hearing.

The traffic ticket lawyers in Tampa, FL, at the Sammis Law Firm fight traffic tickets in Hillsborough County, FL. Just email a copy of your citation, our email address and your phone number to tara@sammislawfirm.com. We will call you back and tell you exactly how much we would charge and the ways we would fight the traffic ticket. Or call 813-250-0500.


Types of Traffic Ticket Violations that Require a Mandatory Hearing

Florida law requires that some types of traffic ticket violations require a hearing even through the citation is civil in nature. These civil traffic tickets are more serious than a traffic violation that  not require a mandatory court appearance including:

  • vehicles carrying uncovered loads
  • passing an appropriately stopped school bus on the side children must enter and exit; or
  • not having valid insurance when a crash is involved;
  • speeding more than 30 miles per hour over the posted limit; and
  • non-criminal traffic infraction involving a crash that caused the death of another person or serious bodily injury to another person.

Penalties for Traffic Ticket Violation in Hillsborough County, FL

Under Florida Statute Section 318.19(1), the traffic ticket can include a $1,000 civil penalty and a driver's license suspension for six (6) months. For traffic tickets that fall under Florida Statute Section 318.19(2),  the statutory maximum penalty that the court can impose is a civil penalty of $500 in addition to any other penalties and the person's driver's license can be suspended for 3 months.

Under Florida's Traffic Court Rule 6.620, if the driver fails to appear in person or have an attorney appear on their behalf, then the court will send notice of the failure to appear to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) department within 5 days. The DHSMV will then suspend your driver's license. If your license was suspended for the failure to appear on a traffic ticket that requires a mandatory court appearance, then contact our traffic tickets attorney in Tampa, FL.


Finding a Traffic Ticket Attorney in Hillsborough County

If you were issued a traffic ticket violation that requires a mandatory court appearance in any of the courts in Tampa or Plant City, FL, in Hillsborough County, then you should contat an experienced attorney at Sammis Law Firm. We represent clients throughout traffic court in Hillsborough County.

Call 813-250-0500.


This article was last updated on Friday, February 3, 2017.

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