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How to Handle Traffic Citations

How to Handle Your Traffic Citation (Infraction):

Citations can be handled in the following ways:

  1. By mail, following the instructions on the reverse side of the citation, by your court date printed on the front.
  2. At the Court Administrator’s office located at the front desk of the Municipal Court building; also known as the Council Building, prior to your court date.
  3. By appearing in Court at the time written on the face of your citation.

Arraignment:

At arraignment, the Judge will tell you the charges, maximum fines, penalties, and your rights under the law. The Judge will then ask how you wish to plea or give you the opportunity to request a continuance so that you can consult an attorney.

Plea Options:

You may plead NOT GUILTY if you wish to contest the charge against you and have a hearing for traffic offenses. You can plead GUILTY. If you choose this option, you can offer an explanation of circumstances. Your fine or other penalty will then be assessed by the Judge. A plea of NO CONTEST under Oregon Law results in a finding of guilty by the Court. The benefit to a no contest plea is that you do not have to admit guilt in open court.

If You Fail to Appear on a Traffic Citation:

You will be found Guilty by Default with the full fine amount on your citation due immediately, and your driving privileges may be suspended.