Why was my case/citation submitted to a collections agency?

The judge orders the fines and court costs to be paid in full within 5 business days after the court order or to enroll into a payment plan. Citation amounts are to be paid within 30 days after your citation was issued. Your driver's license may also be submitted for suspension for failure to pay.


If the amount remains unpaid after 90 days, the Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller's Office shall send the remaining balance to a collections agency pursuant to Florida Statutes 28.246 and 938.29. Additional fees of 25% to the collections agency will be incurred at the time of submission.

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1. What types of cases are handled in Traffic Court?
2. What is a criminal traffic charge?
3. What is a civil traffic infraction?
4. When do I have to pay my ticket?
5. What if I can't pay my ticket within 30 days?
6. What happens if I don't pay my ticket on time?
7. Do I have other options besides just paying the ticket?
8. How do I enter a not guilty plea to a civil traffic infraction?
9. Who will be present at the hearing?
10. What happens if the court finds me guilty?
11. Can the Clerk's Office advise me about points assessed against my license?
12. How do I figure out what I owe on my ticket?
13. Why was my case/citation submitted to a collections agency?
14. What happens after my citation/case has been referred to a collections agency?
15. Will this referral hurt my credit rating?
16. What happens to the money I pay for my traffic citation?