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Statute of Limitations

Under Florida Statute §775.15(2)(d), when a law enforcement officer writes a non-criminal traffic citation the prosecution of the citation must be commenced within one (1) year after the traffic infraction is committed.

The purpose of the statute of limitations is to prevent a case from being litigated when the defense becomes more difficult because the evidence is lost and memories begin to fade.

The right to a speedy trial also applies in civil traffic infraction cases. Under Florida Rules of Traffic Court 6.325, the defendant shall be brought to trial on the traffic infraction within 180 days of the officer serving the defendant with a uniform traffic citation.

Statute of Limitations Attorney for Infractions in Florida

If you need information about the statute of limitations for traffic tickets, then contact an experienced attorney at Meltzer & Bell, P.A.. The rules for the statute of limitations are found in Florida Statute §775.15(2)(d) and the rules for the right to a speedy trial are found in Florida Rules of Traffic Court 6.325.

Our attorneys can help you understand how the statute of limitations and the right to a speedy trial can impact civil infraction cases in Florida.

From our office in Fort Lauderdale, we represent clients with traffic tickets throughout Broward County at the County Civil North Regional Courthouse in Deerfield Beach, the County Civil South Regional Courthouse in Hollywood, the County Civil West Regional Courthouse in Plantation, and the Central Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

From our office in West Palm Beach, FL, we represent clients throughout Palm Beach County at the West County Courthouse in Belle Glade, the North County Courthouse in Palm Beach Gardens, the South County Courthouse in Delray Beach, or the Main Courthouse in West Palm Beach.

Our attorneys also represent clients in Coral Gables, Hialeah, Miami Beach and Miami in Miami-Dade County, Fort Pierce and Port St. Lucie in St. Lucie County, and in Hobe Sound and the Village of Indiantown in Martin County, FL.

Additional Resources

Fla. Stat. §775.15(2)(d) for the Statute of Limitations - A prosecution for a non-criminal offense must be commenced within one (1) year after the violation is alleged committed. The time for the statute of limitations starts to run on the day after the offense is committed.

This article was last updated on Friday, March 23, 2018.

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