How to Obtain a Seffner Florida Police Report
Seffner is a census-designated place (CDP) consisting of only 3.8 square miles, and its proximity to Tampa provides the perfect spot for a suburban haven for regular commuters. The town is situated between I-4 on its northern border and State Road 574 at its southern boundary. Unfortunately, fatal traffic accidents in Seffner totaled 422 between 1975-2014 and involved 662 persons. Though only 112 of these were DUIs, a total of 239 lives were lost.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash, things can get out of control quickly. Your very first call should be 9-1-1. All traffic crashes in Seffner, Florida, fall under the jurisdiction of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO), which is in charge of law enforcement services for all unincorporated CDP communities.
The responding HCSO officer will be focused on calling in the necessary first responders, taking information from involved parties and witnesses, and summing up the incident for the evidence record. Be sure to retrieve a business card and case number from the officer before leaving the scene, as the official police report won’t be available for another 3-5 business days.
As a local personal injury law firm, Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez is also available — to discuss the accident with you and investigate the scene on your behalf. Call us now at (813) 774-3341 for a free consultation.
This resource page is provided as a public service to guide you through pertinent Florida statutes while offering the most expeditious methods for obtaining your Seffner Police Report.
Florida Laws for the Custody and Release of Police Reports
Florida Traffic Control Statute § Section 316.066 (Written Reports of Crashes) mandates that all accident Police Reports requests less than 60 days old must be accompanied by a Sworn Statement, a copy of your current photo identification and proof of your exemption which allows you access.
Florida mandates that Police Reports are confidential documents for the first 60 days after the accident. As such, they are only made available (within this confidential timeframe) to exempt parties; defined as involved parties, their representatives, attorneys, and insurance carriers as well as qualified media members.
After 60 days have passed the police reports become public record, and no sworn statement or identification is required for copies; although additional approval may be necessary for criminal incidents.
WARNING Any person, knowing that he or she is not entitled to obtain information made confidential by the above law, who obtains or attempts to obtain such information, is guilty of a felony of the third degree.
Requesting a Copy of Your Seffner Police Report
The Public Records Section of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office coordinates all requests for Seffner Police Reports, which are processed and released according to Florida Public Records Statute §119.00.
There is no fee for a copy of your Seffner Police Report, whether or not you are an involved party. However, should your inquiry require extensive research, statements, or filmed recordings, you will be notified that a deposit is necessary prior to fill your request.
The Public Records Section of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office coordinates all requests for Seffner records, which are processed and released according to Florida Public Records Statute §119.00.
Please Note that under Florida law, email addresses are a public record which law enforcement agencies, as custodians, are required to release if discovered in response to another’s public records request.
Sworn Statement This fillable form from the FLHSMV department is for use by exempt parties, as described at the beginning of this section, during the first 60 days after the accident (aka the confidentiality period).
HCSO Records Section
Phone: (813) 247-0960
Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, Florida has jurisdiction over all unincorporated areas within the county, including yours. All Police Reports for Seffner are maintained at the location below in Ybor City:
Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
Freddie Solomon Annex
1900 East 9th Avenue
Tampa, Florida 33605
Hours: 7:00 am – 4:00 pm
Days: Monday – Friday
A letter of request for your Seffner Police Accident Report may be mailed to the following address:
Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
P. O. Box 3371
Tampa, Florida 33601
If it is within 60 days of the accident date, these records are confidential and only exempt parties and their representatives are allowed to access them. You must include a copy of your driver’s license to verify your identity and involvement in the accident, your case number, and your notarized Sworn Statement.
Once the Police Reports have become public record, no sworn statement or identification is required for non-criminal accident report copies.
The Odds are High for Seffner Accidents
Not only is Seffner tucked in between 2 major traffic corridors, it also houses 1 of 3 shipping centers on the South Florida Railroad right-of-way between Plant and Tampa (upon which the town’s prosperity depends). The town’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.8% in 2015.
Seffner workers have an average round-trip work commute of 52 minutes; less than 10% of drivers carpool, fewer than 2% walk to work, only 1% of its residents use public transportation and a scant 4% work from home. These factors bring us to the obvious conclusion that the majority of Seffner’s citizens capable of working are employed, and those employed drive to and from their jobs.
Safe driving and a firm grip on the wheel are so necessary, but they are especially crucial when you live in a neighborhood with so many people using the roads in and around your town.
Results You Can Depend Upon!
The local personal injury law firm of Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez was established in the Tampa community in the late 1990s. Our families live here, our children attend local schools, and we are proud to support the charities which help maintain the quality of life that our unique neighborhoods deserve.
If you or your loved one have suffered injuries due to a traffic accident in Seffner, please contact us at (813) 774-3341 for a free consultation. We are available now to discuss the accident and investigate the scene on your behalf.