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bulletCan I pay a ticket without going to court?
bulletYes, most misdemeanor citations, where an arrest did not occur, can be paid in advance of the court date.
bulletPayment must be made before the assigned court date on the bottom of the ticket.
bulletInquiries on the cost of a citation can be made by telephone or email.
bulletPayment can be made in person at the offices of the court clerk or by mail. The court does not accept out of state checks and will not accept a check for some other person's ticket.
bulletCan I attend driving school?
bulletYes, if you meet the criteria set forth in Mississippi Code 63-9-11 as follows:
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(i) The defendant has a valid Mississippi driver's license or permit.

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(ii) The defendant has not had a conviction of a violation under Chapter 3, 5 or 7 of this title within three (3) years before the current offense; any conviction entered before October 1, 2002, does not constitute a prior offense for the purposes of this subsection (3).

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(iii) The defendant's public and nonpublic driving record as maintained by the Department of Public Safety does not indicate successful completion of a traffic safety violator course under this section in the three-year period before the offense. 

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(iv) The defendant files an affidavit with the court stating that this is the defendant's first conviction in more than three (3) years or since October 1, 2002, whichever is the lesser period of time; the defendant is not in the process of taking a course under this section; and the defendant has not completed a course under this section that is not yet reflected on the defendant's public or nonpublic driving record. 

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(v) The offense charged is for a misdemeanor offense under Chapter 3, 5 or 7 of this title.

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(vi) The defendant pays the applicable fine, costs and any assessments required by law to be paid upon conviction of such an offense.  

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(vii) The defendant pays to the court an additional fee of Ten Dollars ($10.00) to elect to proceed under the provisions of this subsection (3). 

bulletWhat happens if I contest my citation?
bulletThe first court appearance is an arraignment day in which you notify the court if you desire to plead guilty or not guilty. If you plead not guilty your case will be set for trial at some future date.