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By requesting a civil traffic hearing you are entering a plea of "Not Responsible" and giving up your ability to attend a defensive driving program.

Note: If you are unable to attend in person the court may offer hearings over the phone or documentary hearings.  You must contact the court BEFORE the date on your ticket to find out their policies and procedures.

If you are "Not Responsible":

  1. Request a hearing by either 1 - mailing in a hearing request form (found on a fee schedule or bond card) postmarked on or before your appearance date or 2 - appear at the courthouse on or before the date on your citations
    • The Clerk of the Court will then schedule a hearing date
  2. Notify the court as soon as you can if
    • There are any witnesses that you need to have subpoenaed to the hearing (requests must be received at least 14 days in advance)
    • You need an interpreter on site or other, non-legal, assistance
    • You will need to use any equipment to present evidence.  Most courts have projectors and computer capabilities.
      • Some courts allow you to come in prior to your court date to familiarize yourself with how the equipment works - so ask
  3. Gather all evidence that supports the facts in your case (not your feelings)
  4. Make copies - you will need at least 2 copies (plus the original) of each piece of evidence you wish to enter 1 - for the court 1 - for the other side and 1 - for yourself
  5. Attend the court hearing
    • Be on time
    • Dress neatly
    • Find out if children are allowed in courtroom
    • Be prepared to tell the judge why you were not responsible for what is on your ticket

*If you do not show up, you will be found responsible and a judgment will be entered in favor of the state and you will be responsible for the full cost of the traffic fine.  Points may also be added to your driving record and your insurance company notified, depending on the citation.*