How to Answer a Vehicle and Traffic Ticket:
There are a few options available when answering a traffic ticket. You may plea by mail to all offenses except misdemeanors (example: DWI's, aggravated unlicensed operation, suspended registration, etc.). If you have a question about whether you were charged with a misdemeanor or not, please contact the court for clarification. Court clerks can answer questions concerning court procedures, but they are not permitted to give legal advice.
If you received a computer generated ticket, you may use it to submit your plea to the court. Fill in the guilty or not guilty section on the right hand side, sign where indicated and submit the ENTIRE TICKET to the court at the address shown on the bottom left hand side of the ticket.
If you received a hand written ticket, you may sign the appropriate section on the back and send the ticket in to the court.
If you wish to plead guilty, you may sign and date part A, (plea of guilty), and mail it to the court at the address shown on the front of your ticket. The court will mail you back a fine notice.
If you wish to plead not guilty, you may sign and date part B, (plea of not guilty), and mail it to the court at the address shown on the front of your ticket. The Court will schedule you for a pre-trial conference and you will be notified by mail of the new date to appear. Note: If pleading not guilty and you want a supporting deposition, you may request one upon timely application. A supporting deposition is a written factual account of the traffic stop and is supplied to you and the court by the arresting officer.
If you do not wish to plea by mail, you must appear on the date listed on the bottom of the front of your ticket.