Citation means “a complaint or notice upon which a police officer shall record an occurrence involving one or more motor vehicle law violations by the person cited.” The cited driver is the defendant.
A citation can be a civil infraction or a misdemeanor depending on the seriousness of the traffic violation.
All defendants who receive a citation must respond to the allegations in the citation.
Please note: the following policies apply only to the 56B District Court. If your citation is from a court other than the 56B District, you must contact the court listed on your citation for processing instructions.
The defendant has these options when a civil infraction is issued
- * Admit responsibility without explanation for the civil infraction and pay the ticket, by representation, or by mail within 14 days.
- * Admit responsibility with explanation for the civil infraction and make an appearance by mail or in person.
- * Deny responsibility for the civil infraction and request an informal or formal hearing in person, by mail, or by phone.
- If a defendant fails to respond to a traffic civil infraction citation, or fails to appear for a scheduled hearing, the court may enter a default judgment of responsibility and impose appropriate sanctions.
* Does not apply to misdemeanor citations. Contact the court for procedures.
Page Last Modified: January 4, 2008 at 9:55 am