Last night I was driving on the freeway back home from a friend's place. I had turned my headlights off before as not to disturb my friend's neighbors and forgot to turn them back on on the way home. I was also driving pretty fast.
I got pulled over and was told I was fined around $250-260 for not having my headlights on and a rough $150 for speeding over 20 mph, which would be a little over $400 dollars. I was expecting to receive a paper ticket but the cop told me to turn my headlights on, pay attention to the speed limit, and have a good night. The didn't hand me a ticket, and I waited a good 5-10 minutes or so to see if they would come back and hand me one, but they didn't. So I went home.
They gave me a price range so I'm not sure if they will mail it to me, or if they were just telling me and I got off with a warning. I'm also not sure if this counts as a first offense cause I had an incident with a car accident about two years ago.
I think you got a warning. Cops either give tickets or they do not.
It is rarer than a blue moon for you to receive a ticket in the mail after being stopped by a real world cop. (That and you can't get a fine until after you're received and had a citation adjudicated - unless you are paying off a cop on the roadside with cash, but technically that's not a "fine").
Slow down and pay more attention.
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Unless you are saying you handed the officer the cash (in which case you got scammed) you got a warning and the officer was telling you how lucky you are.
In some states you pay at the roadside then can go to court and fight to get the money back. But in Hillsborough County and all of Florida as far as I am aware, you will get a Florida UTC and have time to fight or pay.
Hope this helps.
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you can go to www.hillsclerk.com and do a case search. By searching your name, you can see if you have any tickets in the system. Sounds like they gave you a warning, though. Plus, the headlight ticket would be less than the speeding ticket, and the speeding ticket would be closer to $279 at that speed.
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