(1) Hearing officers shall be empowered to accept pleas from and decide the guilt
or innocence of any person, adult or juvenile, charged with any civil traffic infraction
and shall be empowered to adjudicate or withhold adjudication of guilt in the same
manner as a county court judge under the statutes, rules, and procedures presently
existing or as subsequently amended, except that hearing officers shall not:
(a) Have the power to hold a defendant in contempt of court, but shall be permitted
to file a motion for order of contempt with the appropriate state trial court judge;
(b) Hear a case involving a crash resulting in injury or death;
(c) Hear a criminal traffic offense case or a case involving a civil traffic infraction
issued in conjunction with a criminal traffic offense; or
(d) Have the power to suspend or revoke a defendant's driver license pursuant to s. 316.655(2).
(2) This section does not prohibit a county court judge from exercising concurrent
jurisdiction with a civil traffic hearing officer.
(3) Upon the request of the defendant contained in a Notice of Appearance or a written
plea, the case shall be assigned to a county court judge regularly assigned to hear
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