Traffic Citations & Information
A civil traffic infraction is a non-criminal violation which usually can be disposed of by payment of a civil penalty or election to attend a defensive driving course. A court appearance is not required, except in cases where the violation involves an accident with serious bodily injury, a fatality or certain other violations.
Your options for a Traffic Citation
Upon receipt of a traffic ticket for an infraction. You have 30 days from the date of issuance to exercise any of the following three options:
- Option 1: Plead guilty, accept points on your driver license and pay the ticket
- Option 2: Pay the ticket and Elect Traffic School to withhold adjudication off your driving record
- Option 3: Contest the ticket and request a court hearing
Option 1 - Pay the Ticket
If you choose to pay the ticket, points are assessed against your driver license.
Pay Online or in person.
Option 2 - Go To Traffic School
If you choose the school option, notify the Clerk of Court when you pay the ticket that you are making a traffic school election. You will be then given a deadline to submit a certificate of completion to show compliance in order to satisfy your case.
If the driver improvement course is timely completed and the completion certificate timely filed, no points will be assessed against your driver license and the fine may be reduced, depending on the type of violation.
Remember, you may only elect the traffic school option five (5) times in your life and the election can only be made once every twelve (12) months. Failure to timely complete the school course or timely submit your completion certificate or pay the fine will result in removal of the fee reduction, points being assessed, and suspension of your license and/or late fees being assessed.
Option 3 - Contesting Your Ticket
Notify the court within 30 days from the date of issuance to have the court set up a hearing date. The court phone number is 850-674-4545.
If you request a hearing, the penalty is not limited to the fine amount on your ticket. If the court determines that you committed the offense, the judge can impose a fine up to $1000, depending on the offense, and/or require you to attend driving school. You will be notified of the time and date of your hearing.
Calhoun County Clerk of Court
20859 Central Ave E Rm 130
Blountstown, FL 32424