May I come in before my scheduled traffic or animal court date?
You will need to appear in person at the Violations Bureau counter and inform the clerk you would like to be seen early. Traffic and animal case arraignments are held at 8:15 a.m., Monday through Thursday. In the majority of cases, if you are under age 18, you need to appear with a parent or legal guardian. Please arrive 15 minutes before the arraignment session.
Should I plea bargain or go to trial?
Court staff cannot provide legal advice. You may request to speak with a prosecutor about your case.
What are the possible penalties for a traffic infraction?
The maximum penalty is a $200 fine for class 4 infraction and a $400 fine for class 3 infraction. A 10 percent victim witness surcharge, and a $35 court cost or processing fee is added to all fines.
How should I dress to come to court?
Appropriate attire is required. Clothing should be modest and not offensive.
What are the possible penalties for a traffic offense?
The maximum penalty for class 2 traffic offenses is a $2,650 fine or 365 days in jail, or a combination of the two. Fines are imposed at the judge’s discretion. A 10 percent surcharge and a $35 court cost or processing fee is added to all fines.
What if I miss my court date?
You will need to appear in person at the Violations Bureau counter and inform the clerk that you missed your court date. It is advantageous to appear before a warrant is issued for your arrest.
What is a plea bargain?
A plea bargain results when the prosecutor offers a reduction in points and gives the defendant the opportunity to plea to a lesser charge. Some traffic infractions are offered an approved plea bargain by mail.