A Criminal Traffic Offense is a violation that may subject a defendant, upon conviction, to incarceration. Criminal offenses require a court appearance and can carry penalties including fines/costs, probation, and/or incarceration (jail time).
Some examples are driving under the influence, driving while license suspended/revoked, or reckless driving. Persons charged with a criminal offense will find a court date indicated at the bottom of their citation or the date can be found on their first appearance paperwork they received from the jail upon release. Example of first arraignment court dates is Monday at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. and Friday at 8:30 a.m. Court is usually held in the County Courtroom on the 1st floor of the Bay County Courthouse.
Criminal Traffic Laws can be found in Florida Statutes Chapter 316, 320, and 322. They are defined by the Florida Rules of Court as a violation that may subject a defendant upon conviction to incarceration.