If you received a Florida speeding ticket, you have a fine to pay for traveling at an unlawful rate of speed. If a police officer gives you a Jacksonville traffic ticket, he or she will point out how much the fine is. With many Jacksonville traffic tickets, the police officer will circle the fine amount. When you are stopped for Jacksonville reckless driving, the police officer tells you that you must set a court date. The same is true for Jacksonville hit and run tickets. This is because those types of tickets are not civil Florida tickets. They are criminal citations. They are also know as notices to appear in court. A driving on a suspended license ticket may be a criminal or civil traffic infraction. Read Is a Jacksonville Driving on Suspended License Ticket a Crime? for more information about the difference between a civil driving on suspended license ticket and a criminal one.
In criminal court, there are court costs. You do not have a fine amount on your ticket. Instead you will be ordered to pay court costs in your criminal case. If you do not pay your court costs, you will run into a problem. I have seen many people that have not paid their court costs in Duval, Clay, and St. Johns County. It is more common than you think. This is not a good idea. Here is an example of the mess it can create.
I am a Jacksonville criminal lawyer and drivers license attorney. I help people all the time with their driving records. Many people call because they are Jacksonville habitual traffic offenders. They want help getting their Florida drivers licenses back. I review their driving records to see what I can do for them. I notice that they have old Florida driving on a suspended or revoked license cases, and they never paid their court costs. This is a problem, because it is very hard for me to ask a judge to reopen these old Florida suspended drivers license cases when my client has not even paid the court costs. The judge will not be inclined to help my client out if the client has not paid the fees owed. This is not were the problem stops. The old court costs are often sent to collections. This puts more fees onto the amount owed. This makes it even hard for a person to get his or her drivers license back.
The moral of the story is to pay your court costs. It does not matter if you have court cost for a driving on a suspended license ticket in Duval or Clay County. Just pay it. It will cost you more in the long run if you do not. If you are having trouble with your drivers license or you are a habitual traffic offender, call 20 Miles Law to talk to a Jacksonville lawyer. A Jacksonville FL Attorney will be able to work with you, so you can have your suspended FL drivers license reinstated.