Frequently Asked Questions
Start by reading the entire informational section of your notice of infraction. If you received a green paper ticket, this information will be located on the back side of your copy of the ticket. If you received a white "electronic" ticket this information will be located on the lower section of the front side of the ticket. Follow the instructions contained in this NOTICE OF INFRACTION section, making sure that you respond to the court within fifteen (15) days of the date that the ticket was issued. Note that while the infraction is not a crime, failure to respond can result in the suspension of your driving privilege. You can respond by either mailing the green ticket to the Court or bringing it in person to the District Court office. You must select one of the boxes on the back of the ticket and verify your address. If you decide to pay the ticket without coming to court, you should mark box one (1) and send the penalty amount listed in the "penalty/bail" box located on the front in the lower right-hand part of the ticket. Please note that if you do not respond within 15 days additional penalties may be added. Please contact the court if you are paying the infraction to verify the correct amount.
If you admit or committed the violation, but wish to explain the circumstances of what happened, you may check box two (2). This is called a mitigation hearing and a court date will be sent to you. You then will attend a short Court proceeding. The Judge, depending on the explanation and your record, may adjust the penalty. However, the Judge will not dismiss the ticket and it will appear on your driving record.
MITIGATION BY MAIL
At the time of your request for a mitigation hearing or up until the scheduled hearing date, you have the option of a mitigation hearing by mail. If you decide to proceed with a hearing by mail, you will not be required to appear in court. You must, however, complete the Defendant's Statement Form (form link below) and mail, fax or deliver it to the court prior to your scheduled hearing. The court will review your statement and the police officer's sworn statement and render a decision. That decision will be mailed to you. In the case of a mitigation hearing, the infraction is found committed and a monetary penalty will be determined. The finding will be reported to the Department of Licensing. Any penalty will be based on the facts of the case and your driving record. You must agree to pay the court-ordered penalty within the specified time ordered by the judge. You will be notified by mail of the judge's decision. There is NO right to appeal the judge's decision.
Mitigation by Mail Form
If you believe you did not commit the violation, then you should select box three (3) to request a contested hearing. Here, the Judge will read a sworn statement submitted by the officer unless you request the presence and live testimony of the officer. Then you may testify or present any evidence or witnesses that you wish. If you want to have the officer or any technician present, you must advise the clerk at the time you present your ticket or as soon as possible thereafter so the hearing can be appropriately scheduled. As a result of a contested hearing, a ticket may be dismissed, the original penalty imposed in full, or some lesser amount may be imposed. If you have subpoenaed witnesses and the court finds you did commit the infraction, you may be required to pay court costs. A contested infraction hearing is a civil case in which the Judge must find a preponderance of the evidence is against you before the infraction can be deemed committed.
Declaration for Infractions
To request that the court release the FTA and/or waive the FTA fee payment requirement.
RESPONSE TO NOTICE OF INFRACTION - English
To respond to infraction citation. this information can also be found on the reverse side of your citation.
Aviso De Infraccion - Espanol
Para responder al citatorio por infracciòn. Esta Informaciòn se encuentra tambien al reverso de su citatorio.
Mitigation by Mail form
Mitigation Statement to be considered in lieu of your appearance for a mitigation hearing.