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How to Acquire Your Fort Pierce FL Police Report
Fort Pierce is home to nearly 2,000 residents per square mile (as of 2018) and falls within the law enforcement jurisdiction of the Fort Pierce Police Department. Together with Port St. Lucie PD, they investigated over 3,400 traffic accidents — representing 66.91% of all crashes in St. Lucie County.
On average, 350,000 tons of shipped commerce moves through Fort Pierce Harbor each year. Located on U.S. Route 1, just a short distance from Route 70, I-95, and the Florida Turnpike, it is easy to see why Fort Pierce is the seat of St. Lucie County — and also what makes it no stranger to traffic collisions.
Traffic accidents are the predominant cause of personal injuries in the United States, and unfortunately, insurance company adjusters work hard to limit their obligations. To ensure that your rights as an accident victim are protected, having proper legal representation is a must. With Hoskins, Turco, Lloyd & Lloyd on board, your outcome has the benefit of over 35 years’ experience right here on the Treasure Coast.
Hoskins, Turco, Lloyd & Lloyd is pleased to share this Fort Pierce Police Report resource page with our Treasure Coast citizenry and visitors alike. We have included detailed instructions acquired directly from the FPPD records clerks to ensure that you have everything you need.
Fort Pierce Traffic Accident? What’s Next?
Reaching out to 9-1-1 is, without a doubt, your best first reaction. These dispatchers are highly trained to accurately identify your location and send out a law enforcement officer from your jurisdiction (in this case Fort Pierce Police Department), and stay on the call with you until responders arrive. Should you be informed that you are outside city limits, flip over to our St. Lucie County resource page to see specifics from the correct law enforcement agency.
The police officer will bring in support as needed and oversee the containment of vehicles and involved parties at the scene. The police report begins here, with the officer’s queries and all the information gathered — including everything from IDs and proof of insurance to the documentation of the damages, location, and injuries.
Make sure that you obtain the officer’s business card before leaving the scene, which will provide you with their name and badge number. It is customary for the officer to write your case number on the reverse side of the card. Also, take note of the most proximate business or physical address to the collision.
The officer’s completed narrative must be turned into their department within 10 business day shifts. A superior officer will review the record and then turned over to the records custodian to proofread and file as an official record.
Fort Pierce Guidelines for Custody & Release of Police Reports
Florida law limits the price of this record at $.15 per page ($.20 per double-sided page) for law enforcement agencies. That being said, the Fort Pierce Police Department only charges for hard copies of the report, obtained by mail or in person. If you can receive the report by email they there is no fee. Any payments are accepted in the form of cash, money order or check.
‘Confidential’ Fort Pierce Police Reports – First 60 Days
According to Section 316.066 of the Florida Code of Laws, traffic crash records are confidential and accessible only to ‘exempted parties’ during the initial 60-day period after a police report is filed.” Persons eligible for this exemption are limited to parties involved in the collision and their legal representatives, and insurance carriers. Certified media is also exempt.
Your record request to the Fort Pierce Police Department must include a sworn statement, which may be downloaded from the Florida HSMV website. If you make your request in person there are affidavits available from the records clerk.
‘Public Record’ Fort Pierce Police Reports – After 60 Days
Once the confidential period of 60 days has passed, the police report becomes public record and may be acquired without identification or an exemption affidavit. Public record police reports may be obtained from Fort Pierce Police Department in person or by mail.
Contact Details for the Fort Pierce Police Department
After reading the above guidelines, the Fort Pierce police record custodian encourages you to call their office to begin the process. For the clerk to pull the correct document you must provide them with the name of an involved party, the case number, or date and location.
Fort Pierce Police Department
920 South U. S. Highway 1
Fort Pierce, Florida 34950
Hours: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Days: Monday – Friday
Email: for public record police reports
Why You Need a Fort Pierce Traffic Accident Attorney
Having to leave your house dozens of times a month in order to provide for your family isn’t something to take lightly. And we don’t. As a victim of a sudden Fort Pierce traffic accident, there are injuries to deal with, lack of income (and possible job loss) and potential family fatalities to face. Here at the law firm of Hoskins, Turco, Lloyd & Lloyd, we want you to know that we are dedicated to helping relieve the pressure in every way we possibly can.
There’s one thing you can cross off your list, and that is lawyer fees. Not only is your attorney consultation free — there are no payments necessary as we pursue your claim. Our services are paid directly from the settlement after winning your case!
Please don’t hesitate to make a call to (772) 464-4600 and speak with our Fort Pierce personal injury attorney!
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