New Law Regarding Traffic Citations (December 3rd, 2010)

Beginning on January 1, 2011, if a person receives a payable traffic citation, he or she can on longer simply wait to receive a trial date from the court. Since about one-half of the people that received trial dates either did not appear or paid the fine before trial, the legislature has changed the law to prevent police officers from needlessly appearing in court.

Beginning January 1, 2011, the new law requires that all citations contain a notice that a person must, within 30 days after receipt of the citation, either (1) pay the full amount of the preset fine; (2) request a hearing for sentencing and disposition in lieu of trial; or (3) request a trial date. If the person takes no action within 30 days, the Motor Vehicle Administration will be notified which may result in the suspension of the person’s driver’s license. Continuing to drive on a suspended license is an incarcerable offense. So, if you receive a ticket make sure you either pay it or request a hearing or trial within 30 days.

Please contact any of our attorneys if you need representation in court.