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A violator will have approximately 20 to 30 days from the date of the offense to appear before the Court. The Appearance Date is not an actual Court Date, it is a date that you must appear before the Court to determine how to handle the citation received. If your Appearance date falls on a weekend or holiday you will be allowed to appear the following Monday (check City website for observed holidays).
Note: If you are 16 years of age or younger you are required to appear, with your parent or legal guardian, before the Judge and make a plea in open court. You will be notified by US Mail when your scheduled Court date is.
Note: If you are 20 years of age or younger AND committed an Alcohol, Drug, or Tobacco offense, you are required to appear before the Judge and make a plea in open court. You will be notified by US Mail when your scheduled Court date is.
You will have one of the following options:
1) Plea of Guilty or No Contest
(a) Pay the Fine and Court Costs - Refer to TAB "Common Offenses"; OR
(b) Request Deferred Disposition* - Refer to TAB "Deferral Information"; OR
(c) Request Driving Safety Course* - Refer to TAB "Deferral Information"; OR
(d) Request Payment Plan (must be made in person) - Refer to TAB "Payment Options"; OR
(e) Show Compliance. Click here to find out if you qualify for a compliance dismissal.
2) Plea of Not Guilty (must be made in person)
(a) Request a Jury or Bench Trial. Refer to TAB "Request a Trial".
*If you hold a COMMERCIAL DRIVER'S LICENSE you are not eligible to take a Driver Safety Course or request a Deferred Disposition if your citation involved a moving violation.
Click here for a PLEA FORM.
If you need more information try TAB "Common Questions".
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