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A criminal traffic charge is indicated on the lower front side of the traffic ticket. A criminal traffic charge is a violation of Florida Statutes which requires a court appearance. Some examples are:

  • Driving While License is Suspended
  • Driving Under the Influence
  • Reckless Driving

Criminal charges carry penalties which may include fines and court costs, probation and/or the possibility of a jail term. Persons charged with a criminal offense will receive a citation indicating a court date, time and location. A person may also be arrested on a criminal traffic charge and booked into the county jail.

Most criminal traffic offenses are bondable offenses according to the bail schedule. The duty judge usually sees individuals arrested on criminal traffic charges within twenty-four hours of their arrest. At first appearance, bail is set, and the court determines whether the accused can pay for counsel. A Public Defender will be appointed if the defendant is found to be indigent (unable to pay for counsel).

View information on payment options that are currently available for criminal fees & fines.


Those persons charged with a criminal offense must appear in court at the time and date indicated on their citation or on page 3 of their arrest paperwork. Failure to appear could result in a capias being issued for their arrest.

Additional fees may be assessed for failure to appear or non-payment of court costs..

Frequently Asked Questions

  • I missed my court date, can I reschedule?
  • I've received a letter from Tallahassee; what do I do?
Traffic Criminal Resources
Traffic Criminal Division Office
Lake County Courthouse (CH)
550 W. Main St., 2nd Floor
Tavares, FL 32778
Phone: (352) 742-3820
Fax: (352) 253-6029