To resolve a citation
By Mail - The Municipal Court must receive your payment on or before your court appearance date, or
At the Municipal Court - Based on your driving record, and / or type of offense, under certain circumstances the clerk may be able to:
- Accept a not guilty plea and provide necessary forms or set a trial date.
- See if you qualify for court appointed counsel.
Appear in court - Court arraignments are held the first and second Wednesday of every month at 9:00 am and 1:00 pm (look at your citation to determine the correct time to appear). You should arrive 15 minutes prior to the scheduled time of court.
At the first scheduled court date, also known as the arraignment, the defendant will be required to enter a plea to the charge:
There are certain offenses where a plea of nolo contendere will be accepted by the Judge. A plea of nolo contendere neither admits nor denies guilt. Such a plea, where allowed, may avoid points being added to a defendant's driver's license and/or a driver's license suspension.
If a not guilty plea is offered, the defendant will be asked to choose either a bench trial or a jury trial.
If a bench trial is requested, the trial will be held in the Municipal Court on another day, and the case will be heard by the Municipal Court Judge.
If a jury trial is requested, the case will be transferred to Superior Court / DA Office, and the trial will be scheduled for a later date.
If a defendant fails to appear on the scheduled court date, an arrest warrant for failure to appear will be issued, and the Department of Driver Services will be notified, resulting in driver's license suspension.