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about Traffic Court

The Traffic Court section of this website tells you how to deal with violations of traffic laws that are “infractions.”  Examples of infractions are:

  • speeding
  • automobile equipment needing repair, and
  • expired licenses

A law enforcement officer can give you a ticket (citation) for a traffic infraction. You may have to pay a fine, but you won’t go to jail or prison because of a traffic infraction.

IMPORTANT: You cannot pay your fine or take care of your citation until it is in the Court's computer! Look up your case on the Case Info website  to see whether your case has been processed - if not, please check back later.

There are other, more serious automobile related violations, like reckless driving, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI), and vehicular manslaughter. These can be misdemeanors or felonies and are heard in the Criminal Courts. You may have to go to jail or prison if you are convicted.

For more information, see the Criminal Self-Help section of this website. The Criminal section of this website also explains how to get copies of traffic accident police reports.

The flowchart below shows how a traffic case is processed. It starts with the original citation and goes through dismissal or sentencing:

Traffic flow chart

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