Notice - Because of the public health emergency declared in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Florida Supreme Court has issued various emergency administrative orders that can be viewed on their website. Several of these orders impact court operations and judicial proceedings in trial courts.
In order to continue to resolve civil traffic infractions it is necessary to develop and establish modified procedures for these cases.
Option 1: Conditional Plea
Any defendant charged with an eligible pending civil traffic infraction may enter a conditional plea. A "conditional plea" is a plea for those defendants who wish to resolve their case without making a personal appearance at the courthouse and desire that their case be reviewed to determine if the infraction can be resolved by a withhold of adjudication of guilt resulting in "no points" on their driving record. All civil traffic infractions pending are eligible for a conditional plea except for infractions involving a traffic crash.
A defendant who wants to enter a conditional plea must complete and file a form entitled Conditional Plea of No Contest Verified Statement of Admission and Waiver of Appearance ("Conditional Plea form") without also having to post a monetary bond. Click here for fillable Plea Form. Please make sure you completely fill out the plea form and attach any documents you wish the Court to review.
If the court accepts the Conditional Plea, a disposition order will be entered by the court and returned to the defendant via mail without further hearing, and the defendant will have 120 days to satisfy any penalty imposed by the court. This penalty may include the payment of applicable fines, fees, costs, and any other imposed sanction, which may include attendance at a driver improvement school.
Once you have completed the form, you may upload it to https://myorangeclerk.com/Misc-Pages/Contact-Us/Contact-Traffic-Division or mail it by US Mail to the Clerk of Courts for Orange County at 425 N. Orange Ave., Suite 410, Orlando, FL 32801.
If the court determines that the Conditional Plea cannot be accepted for any reason, the court will reject the plea and the case will be reset for a virtual traffic hearing. At any future proceeding, the prior submission of a Conditional Plea may not be considered as evidence of guilt as to the related civil traffic infraction.
Always remember, you may wish to seek the advice of an attorney before you enter the Conditional Plea.
Please also consult the information provided by the Orange County Clerk of Courts for any other options not addressed here.
Option 2: Schedule a Virtual Hearing
If, after reviewing this information and the other options listed on the clerk’s website, you still want to have a hearing regarding your traffic citation, please click HERE. Once the court has received your form, you will be sent, via email, a court date to appear for your virtual traffic hearing. You will be required to have a computer, cell phone or mobile device that has a microphone and camera. All virtual traffic hearings will be held via Microsoft Teams. To learn more about Microsoft Teams, please click on link.
If you have any questions regarding the above, please contact us at 407.836.2334 or email us at TrafficOrange@ocnjcc.org (please use Conditional Plea/NAME in the subject line; for example, Conditional Plea/Bill Smith).