Yes, payable civil infractions may be satisfied by the following means:
Traffic tickets written for certain driver's license, registration, or insurance violations may be dismissed, with a court cost, by the Clerk if valid proof of compliance can be shown. Proof of compliancy must be valid at the time of the offense.
No. Once you have paid your citation, you have made your election for that violation. If you wish to attend school, you should inform the cashier at the time of making your payment or when mailing in your payment or before paying online.
Yes. If you choose not to meet the driving school requirement for any reason prior to the sixty days, you must inform the Clerk of Court in writing that you wish to cancel your election. A fee will also be assessed for this change. If your request to cancel your driving school requirement is not received within 60 days, your driver's license will be suspended and a late fee and reinstatement fee will be assessed. A conviction of the violation will be reported on your driver history record.
Yes, you may receive up to a 4-week extension when you call within 30-days from the date the ticket was issued.
If you missed your court date for a civil citation to which you pled not guilty, you may not reschedule. The judge will have assessed your fine along with court costs.
Most letters are explaining ways to handle a suspension or are informing you of a suspension that is about to occur. Some letters are informing the person of a traffic collision class that they must take within a certain time due to an accident they had. It is important to follow the directions of the letter to avoid or to help correct a suspension.
You may come into the Clerk's Office to make your election, or obtain an election affidavit in the county nearest you and make your election to attend a driver improvement course by mail.
Complete the affidavit (signed and notarized) and submit the original affidavit in the pre-addressed envelope within 30 calendar days of the ticket date. Include your payment for the civil penalty and $7.00 affidavit fee and allow sufficient time to ensure your Election Affidavit is received in the Clerk's Office within the allotted 30 days.
After you have completed and mailed your election to the Clerk, contact a driver improvement school to arrange an appointment for the approved course. You must submit a completion certificate to the Clerk within 60 calendar days from the date you elected to attend (the date you signed the affidavit).
Traffic fines may be mailed using the pre-addressed blue envelope provided to you at the time of citation, paid online, or paid at the cashier's window located on the first floor of the Lake County Courthouse, 550 W Main St, Tavares FL. If you did not receive the pre-addressed blue envelope, payment can be mailed to:
Neil Kelly, Clerk
Attn: Traffic Department
P.O. Box 7800
Tavares, FL 32778-7800
A court hearing may be requested by mailing a written request to the Traffic Dept., Lake County Clerk's Office, P.O. Box 7800, Tavares, FL 32778 or by coming to the Traffic Window at the Clerk's Office and signing a plea of not guilty.
A suspension will be entered against your driver's license and you will be subject to additional penalties. You may also be turned over to a collection agency for any unpaid fines.
Taking the defensive driving school will keep the points from going on your driving record. The citation will show on your record, but will show an adjudication withheld. Accident cases are 4-6 points and speeding tickets are 3-4 points.
A civil traffic infraction is a non-criminal charge that can usually be disposed of by the payment of a civil penalty or an election to attend a defensive driving course. A court appearance is usually not required, except in cases where the violation involves an accident with serious bodily injury or fatality, driving 30 miles over the speed limit, dropping an unsecured load, passing a school bus, and certain other violations required by the State.
Payment of a civil infraction can be made by mail, using the envelope provided by the officer, or in person by going to the Clerk of the Courts Office within the county in which the infraction occurred.
The Clerk's Office does not schedule the class. The defendant must get in contact with the school of his or her choice. A list of schools may be found in the Yellow Pages of your local telephone directory under "Driving Instructions". You may also obtain a listing of schools at the Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles website as well as information regarding online classes.
Any person charged with a moving traffic violation, other than violations involving driver licenses, vehicle registration, proof of insurance, or any violation requiring mandatory court appearance, and who has not signed an affidavit in the past twelve (12) months or more than five (5) times within a lifetime, is eligible to elect to attend a driver improvement course.
Important Notice: Drivers holding a commercial license may no longer make this election. Drivers exceeding the posted speed limit sign by 30 mph and higher may no longer make this election.
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