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Can you refuse to sign a Florida traffic ticket?

Posted by attorney David Gilbert

Under Florida Law, it is a second degree misdemeanor to willfully refuse to accept and sign a summons / traffic citation, when the offense charged is either a criminal traffic offense or a civil traffic offense that requires a mandatory court appearance. Examples of these offenses are DUI, Reckless Driving, Driving on Suspended License with Knowledge, Speeding 30+ over the limit, accidents with serious bodily injury. For all other offenses, you are not required to sign the citation and in most cases, the officer will hand deliver the citation and the officer will write "hand delivered" where your signature is supposed to be. However, you should always cooperate with law enforcement during your traffic stop, even if you dispute the validity of the officer's allegations. If you have been charged with refusal to sign / accept a traffic summons under Florida Statute 318.14(3), you could be facing a fine, jail time and/or probation. A Florida Traffic Attorney may be able to negotiate a dismissal or reduction of this charge by negotiating with the State Attorney. If you have been charged with this offense or have other traffic offense questions, please feel free to contact my office at (727) 260-5754.

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Attorney David Gilbert defends all traffic tickets and criminal traffic offenses in the Tampa Bay area, including Tampa, Clearwater, New Port Richey, and Sarasota. Gilbert Law Firm PLLC is located in Clearwater, FL.

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