Payment plans are available in some instances, but they may require an additional $25 fee per citation.
Partial payments can be made to the Municipal Court; however, you must still stay within the guidelines established by all Payment Plan Agreements. Fines must be paid in full by the due date. If you do not plead on all charges shown on the citation by the appearance date, you may expect an arrest warrant to be issued and warrant fees will be added to the amount due.
If a judge tries the case, the judge’s decision is called a judgment. If a jury tries the case, the jury’s decision is called a verdict. In determining a defendant’s guilt or innocence, the judge or jury can consider only the testimony of witnesses and any evidence properly admitted during the trial. If you are found guilty by either judge or jury, the penalty will be announced at that time. Unless you plan to appeal your case, you should be prepared to pay the fine and court costs at this time.
If you are found guilty, and are not satisfied with the judgment of the court, you have the right to appeal your case. You must file your appeal and bond within ten days after the trial date when you were convicted.
If you need a continuance for your trial, you must make the request or “Motion” in writing, state your reasons for the continuance, and submit your motion to the court prior to your court date. The judge will make a decision whether or not to grant the motion. You may request a continuance for the following reasons:
The Municipal Court has jurisdiction over juveniles (16 year old or younger) charged with most Class C misdemeanor offenses. All juveniles are required to appear in open court for all proceedings in their cases and the parent of the juvenile defendant is required to be present in court with his or her child. Failure of a parent or legal guardian to appear with a juvenile constitutes a separate misdemeanor offense by the parent, and juveniles who fail to appear in court may have an additional charge of failure to appear filed against them. Juveniles who fail to appear or who fail to pay their fine(s) will be reported to the Department of Public Safety, who will suspend their drivers’ license. If they do not have a driver’s license, they will not be able to obtain one until they appear in court.