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dwelch022dwelch022 Posts: 5 Greenhorn
What happens if you don't pay a boating citation on time? Does your license get suspended?


  • Jack HexterJack Hexter New Port RicheyPosts: 5,552 Moderator
    Probably a Bench Warrant
  • fish_stixfish_stix Posts: 1,395 Officer
    Yep! Bench Warrant followed by trial by a 5 member jury and automatic death penalty if found guilty. Now, what license do you refer to?
  • GroundsPounderGroundsPounder Posts: 51 Deckhand
    Failing to pay a boating citation (or to appear in court), will result in a misdemeanor warrant for arrest being issued.

    Florida does not have a boating license. However, upon conviction for fail to pay or appear (or certain other violations) the violator would have to complete an approved boating safety course before the violator can operate a vessel on the waters. If a violator fails to attend such course prior to operation the violator commits a misdemeanor.

    See 327.73(1)-

    "Any person cited for a violation of any provision of this subsection shall be deemed to be charged with a noncriminal infraction, shall be cited for such an infraction, and shall be cited to appear before the county court. The civil penalty for any such infraction is $50, except as otherwise provided in this section. Any person who fails to appear or otherwise properly respond to a uniform boating citation shall, in addition to the charge relating to the violation of the boating laws of this state, be charged with the offense of failing to respond to such citation and, upon conviction, be guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083..."

    And 327.731(1)-

    "Every person convicted of a criminal violation of this chapter, every person convicted of a noncriminal infraction under this chapter if the infraction resulted in a reportable boating accident, and every person convicted of two noncriminal infractions as defined in s. 327.73(1)(h)-(k), (m), (o), (p), and (s)-(x), said infractions occurring within a 12-month period, must:
    (a) Enroll in, attend, and successfully complete, at his or her own expense, a boating safety course that meets minimum standards established by the commission by rule; however, the commission may provide by rule pursuant to chapter 120 for waivers of the attendance requirement for violators residing in areas where classroom presentation of the course is not available;

    (b) File with the commission within 90 days proof of successful completion of the course;

    (c) Refrain from operating a vessel until he or she has filed the proof of successful completion of the course with the commission.

    Any person who has successfully completed an approved boating course shall be exempt from these provisions upon showing proof to the commission as specified in paragraph (b)."
  • dwelch022dwelch022 Posts: 5 Greenhorn
  • bodaciousbodacious Posts: 33 Deckhand
    I got one in 1990 paid the court fees, and apparently did not get processed right. I was arrested in 2006 when i was stopped for a traffic ticket. It was dismissed at court. but spent 4 hours in jail.
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