How to Obtain a Thonotosassa Florida Police Report
The community of Thonotosassa, Florida is a 28.3 square mile CPD (census-designated place) in northeastern Hillsborough County, with an estimated population of 13,743 in 2017 (a 26% increase over the 2000 census). All traffic accidents in Florida’s CPDs fall under the jurisdiction of the HCSO (Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office).
If either you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a Thonotosassa traffic accident, everything can quickly get out of control. Your first call will be 9-1-1, and the HCSO officer sent to help you will be focused on bringing in the required medics, fire department personnel, and tow trucks. In addition, law enforcement will verify the driver’s license and plate numbers of all involved parties, take witness statements, and write up a narrative of the accident for the evidence record. Always acquire the officer’s business card and case number before you leave the location, as the complete police report won’t be available for several days.
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Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez has provided this resource page as a public service, to guide you through pertinent Florida statutes, while offering the most expeditious methods for obtaining your Thonotosassa 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 time frame) 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 Thonotosassa Police Report
The Public Records Section of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office coordinates all requests for Thonotosassa Police Reports, which are processed and released according to Florida Public Records Statute §119.00.
There is no fee for a copy of your Thonotosassa 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 filling your request.
The Public Records Section of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office coordinates all requests for Thonotosassa 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 Thonotosassa 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 Thonotosassa 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.
Accident Probability Factors for Thonotosassa FL
In almost 4 decades between 1975 and 2014, Thonotosassa experienced 139 fatal accidents. These involved a total of 196 vehicles and 377 persons, and included 82 DUIs and 188 fatalities.
Unemployment for the area dropped to a 4.8% low in 2015. Workers who live and work in Thonotosassa make up only 17% of the population, while over 80% of the employed are spending 40 minutes to 1 hour commuting in their own car, alone.
The entire northern border of Thonotosassa CDP runs parallel to the Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve as well as U.S. Route 301 (a busy local route stretching from Sarasota to southern Georgia). Thonotosassa’s southern border flanks the section of I-4 between Plant City and Tampa, and both thoroughfares intersect with I-75 just west of town.
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