Good questions! Several local towns have retained counsel for these cases, winter park being one, for example.
Normally, the officer acts as the prosecutor in infraction cases, but the towns can use an attorney, if they want to. They are paid from our taxes. In Orlando, they have a city prosecutor. Most smaller cities don't, so they hire law firms, as needed
Great Question. I will only add to Mr. Scott's excellent answer by suggesting to you that the City makes money off these tickets and knows that experienced lawyer are getting these cases tossed so they are hiring private lawyers to prosecute the red light cases and to establish custody of the documents needed to get a finding of guilty. Good luck!
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I agree with both answers below. I recently represented an individual on a red light ticket that involved a local County Attorney's Office. I too was surprised, but in my opinion the bottom line is a hearing officer is likely to allow the presentation of evidence from a city/county attorney which could dramatically impact your ability to contest the infraction. Insufficient or lack of evidence can be a defense and attorney's rather than officers are more knowledgeable on rules and procedure.