Request a Court Date
The law requires you, or your attorney, to appear in Court for your case. Noted on your citation is the appearance date (i.e. the ticket due date). If released on bond, the appearance date is typically on the bond. However, if it is not on the bond the Court will send you a notice to the address on your citation.
There are different rules for juveniles (ages 16 or under).
Request a Continuance
You, or your attorney, may request a continuance. Requests must be made in writing, and the Court must receive it at least 30 days prior to your scheduled court date. The Judge has authority to grant or deny your request.
If the Judge grants your request for a continuance, the Court will notify you of your new court date. However, if the Judge denies your request you will be expected to appear on the scheduled court date.
First Court Date Appearance
Your first appearance at Court is to determine/enter your plea.
If you waive your right to a jury trial and plead guilty or nolo contendere (no contest), you may talk to the Judge about any extenuating circumstances that you wish to have considered when the Judge sets your fine. The Judge is not required to reduce your fine.
If you plead not guilty, the Court will schedule a date for a jury trial unless you choose to waive that right. When you waive your right to a jury trial, your trial will instead be presented before the Judge.
Failure to take care of your citation may result in additional charges being filed as well as a warrant for your arrest being issued.