A criminal traffic charge, such as driving under the influence, requires a court appearance, because it carries criminal penalties which may include fines and costs, probation and/or the possibility of a jail term. Payment of the citation cannot be automatically made to the Clerk's Office. Persons charged with a criminal offense will be sent a notice showing when they must appear in court.
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The Traffic Division of the County Court is set up to hear criminal traffic, traffic infractions, and parking citation cases. Criminal traffic cases are heard by County judges. Most civil traffic infractions are heard by hearing officers during evening hours. Contested parking citation cases also are heard by hearing officers.
Review Florida Rules of Traffic Court.