| Jonathan Z. Kantor
Attorney at Law
Broward County Clerk of the Court Questions & Answers
Clerk information follows answers to common questions
If I hire an attorney , do I need to pay the fine?
No, if you hire an attorney, they will file a not guilty plea and request a court date for you. Then the Clerk of the Courts will schedule a hearing date for your case.
Typically the first hearing is set about six weeks after the request is filed with the court, but it may take longer. After the case is heard by the judge, you may be ordered to pay court costs and a fine but this amount is usually less then the payable amount of the ticket.
Most importantly, by going to the Broward court you will keep the points off your license and your insurance from going up, in most cases.
But the envelope the officer gave me said I must pay within thirty days. Won’t my license be suspended if I don’t pay with in thirty days?
No, if you request a hearing you will not have to pay unless ordered to by the judge.
I got my ticket more than thirty days ago can you still represent me?
If the ticket is more then 30days but less then 90 days old and you have not paid it or requested a court date, yes, but the court will charge a late fee. After paying the late fee the clerk will issue a clearance. The clearance must then be delivered to the D.H.S.M.V. to prevent your license from being suspended.
If more then 90 day have elapsed since the issued date of the ticket; your license may already be suspended. But I still may by able to help you by writing a motion to have your case reset. Some times this works, occasionally it does not. If your ticket is more than 90 days please call me to see id I can help.
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Do I need to go to court with you?
Generally no, your presence is not required in an civil infraction (ticket) although you are welcome to attend if you would like. If the criminal case is a D.U.I. the judge may require that you go with me to court. And sometimes in accident case it may in your best interest to come to court. I will advise you by phone if you would best served by coming to court.
I just got sent a notice of hearing from the court want should I do?
First check to make sure my name is on that court notice under parties notified. If your case is for a civil infraction, a regular ticket, like speeding or ran a stop sign. You do not need to do anything. I will go to court for you.
You do not need to call and tell me you got a notice. You do not need to fax or mail it to me; of course you may if you like. If my name is not on the notice you should call me.
For accident cases you attendance is not required either. It may however be in your best interest to come to court and testify. Call me if you have questions about your accident case.
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Disclaimer: This information is for general purposes and should not be considered legal advice.