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Notice to Appear

Law enforcement officers in Pasco County, FL, have the discretion to issue a notice to appear when the offense meets the guidelines of Florida Statute 901.28 and Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.125.

The term “notice to appear” means a written order issued by a law enforcement officer in lieu of physical arrest, requiring a person accused of violating the law to appear in a designated court or governmental office at a specified date and time.

The notice to appear triggers a court date at the courthouse in New Port Richey if the case originated on the west side of the county or in Dade City if the case originated on the east side of the county.

Attorney for Notice to Appear in Pasco County, FL

If you were issued a notice to appear, then contact an experienced criminal defense attorney in Pasco County, FL, at Sammis Law Firm. We fight felony and misdemeanor cases at the courthouses in New Port Richey and Dade City, FL.

Our attorneys also represent clients accused of a violation of a municipal or county ordinance. Call 727-807-6392.


Procedures for Issuing a Notice to Appear

If a person is arrested for a first or second degree misdemeanor or a violation of a municipal or county ordinance or for a violation of a municipal or county ordinance, then the arresting officer or booking officer may issue such person a Notice to Appear unless:

  • The accused fails to identify them self sufficiently or supply the required information;
  • The accused refuses to sign the Notice to Appear;
  • The officer has reason to believe that the continued liberty of the accused constitutes an unreasonable risk of bodily injury to them self or others;
  • There is substantial risk that they will refuse to respond to the notice;
  • The officer has any suspicion that the accused may be wanted in any jurisdiction; and
  • It appears that the accused has previously failed to respond to a notice or a summons or has violated the conditions of any pretrial release program.

If a Notice to Appear is issued for a misdemeanor or violation of a municipal or county ordinance, the notice shall be issued with minimal delay. If you failure to appear in court as required by the notice, then the court can issue a warrant for your arrest.


Information on the Notice to Appear

The arresting officer in Pasco County, FL, will prepare a written Notice to Appear for court purposes containing the following information:

  • The name and address of the accused;
  • The date of the offense;
  • The offense charged — by statute and municipal ordinance as applicable;
  • The number of counts of each offense;
  • The name and address of the trial court having jurisdiction to try the offense(s) charged;
  • The name of the arresting officer;
  • The name of any other person charged at the same time; and
  • The signature of the accused.

In many cases, the officer will not issue an Offense Incident Report in conjunction with the Notice to Appear. Instead, a properly prepared Notice to Appear can suffice as the arresting officer’s report of the incident.

The narrative section of the Notice to Appear shall be a complete documentation of the incident, not just limited to the elements of the offense.

In some cases, the officer will write “To Be Set” in the YOU MUST APPEAR section of the Notice to Appear.

The issuance of a Notice to Appear shall not be construed to affect a law enforcement officer’s authority to conduct an otherwise lawful search as provided by law.


Types of Misdemeanor and Ordinances for a NTA

A notice to appear can be issued for any of the following types of offenses:

  • animal cruelty under 828.02 et seq.;
  • assault under 784.011;
  • battery under 784.03;
  • child neglect under 827.03;
  • criminal mischief under 806.13;
  • culpable negligence under 784.05;
  • discharging firearm in public under 790.15(1);
  • disorderly intoxication under 856.011;
  • failure to sign citation under 318.14;
  • improper exhibition of a dangerous weapon under 790.10;
  • littering >151bs. but <5001bs. under 403.41 3(6)(b);
  • open lewd / lascivious behavior under 798.02;
  • petit theft under 812.014;
  • possession of alcohol <21 YOA under 562.111;
  • possession concealed weapon (not a firearm) under 790.01(1);
  • possession of illegal deer / turkey under 372.99;
  • possession of marjiuana <20 grams under 893.13;
  • prostitution under 796.07;
  • reckless motorboat operation under 327.33(1);
  • retail theft under 812.015;
  • resisting officer without violence under 843.02;
  • taking / selling alligators under 68A-25.002 (FAC) and 372.83;
  • tampering with electric meter under 812.14;
  • trespass under 810.08(2)(a)&(b);
  • welfare fraud under 414.39(5)(a); and
  • worthless check under 832.05.

This article was last updated on Friday, March 22, 2019.

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