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If you are under the age of 21, it is against the law to do the following:
- Possess tobacco products (F.S. 569.11 (1))
- Possess Nicotine products or Nicotine dispensing devices (F.S. 569.42 (1))
- Misrepresent age for the purpose of purchasing or attempting to purchase any nicotine product or tobacco product (F.S. 569.42 (2) or F.S. 569.11 (2))
- Smoking near school property (F.S. 386.212)
It is required that:
Pay $30 civil penalty or attend a tobacco education courts or perform 50 community service hours.
Payments must be made in full within 30 days of the date of the citation. Payments can be made by cash, check, money order or credit card at the Citrus County Clerk of Court's office. If mailing, please include your name and case number to ensure proper credit to your case, and send to:
Angela Vick, Clerk of Court and Comptroller
110 N Apopka Avenue
Inverness, FL 34450
You may also pay by phone with a debit or credit card by calling 352-341-6424. Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express are accepted. A service fee will be applied by the credit card vendor. Payment plans are not available unless ordered by the court.
Community Service can be done at a non-profit agency of your choice.
Proof of community service must be turned into our office within 30 days of the date of the citation.
The Clerk's Office will accept proof of community service that is submitted on approved non-profit agency letterhead with the agency's address and phone number. The letterhead must list the dates and hours of work performed, and must be signed (initials are not acceptable) by an authorized individual of the non-profit organization.
Information regarding the tobacco education course can be obtained by contacting the Citrus County Health Department:
The Citrus County Health Department Tobacco Prevention Program
3700 W Sovereign PathLecanto, FL 34461
Although the Health Department will send a copy of your certificate to the Clerk's office, the responsibility ultimately falls upon the defendant to be sure that the certificate is received in a timely manner.
The juvenile cited must submit a written request to the Clerk of Court regarding your intent to contest the violation within thirty (30) days of the date of the violation. You will then be notified of a date and time to appear in County Court.