I got the ticket yesterday for failing to change my address. I just updated the address and paid for the new updated license on the internet. If I go to the couthouse do I still have to pay the $114 or will they reduce fee?
Yes, you will still have to pay the ticket because when the ticket was issued you had not yet updated your address. However, you may be able to get the fine reduced. You should request a hearing and if the ticket can't be thrown out then at least you can seek to have a lower fine.
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It depends on how the ticket was written. If this was written as a "fix it ticket" the Clerk of Court in the County where the citation was issued will be able to dismiss the citation with a fee (Usually $10).
If the Clerk cannot or will not dismiss the ticket on payment of the fee, you should speak with a local traffic ticket attorney to discuss your other options.
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Both above attorneys are correct.
The ticket should still be valid.
However if you went to the court and asked for a reduction, they probably will be kinder to you if you show that you changed your license right away.
Is it correct that you changed address?
Or are you only "visiting" this new address?
This is not legal advice. If order to give you legal advice i would need to see the Tickets and talk to the court first. Good luck:)
I agree with the earlier comments by other attorneys. I do want to point out that there is no penalty for failing to change your address until 10 days after you have changed your legal address, Sec 322.19(1). Your inquiry does not indicate that you had actually changed your "legal address" or that you had done so within 10 days of receiving the ticket. Please keep in mind that many people maintain a legal address which is different from their actual address. Think of college students, members of the military and persons temporarily living, working or traveling. In addition, those who have valid licenses from another state would have 30 days to get a Florida license, but there are exceptions for tourists, out-of-state commuters, members of the military, temporary workers and those working with a CDL. Sec 322.031, 322.04 & 322.05.
Even if you are completely guilty, you can avoid points by "going to school". Sec 318.14(9)(as long as your DL is not a CDL).
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