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|Can I pay a ticket
without going to court?|
misdemeanor citations, where an arrest did not occur, can be paid in advance
of the court date.
|Payment must be
made before the assigned court date on the bottom of the ticket.
|Inquiries on the
cost of a citation can be made by telephone or email. |
|Payment 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. |
|Can I attend driving
|Yes, if you meet the
criteria set forth in Mississippi Code 63-9-11 as follows:|
defendant has a valid Mississippi driver's license or permit.
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).
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.
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.
offense charged is for a misdemeanor offense under Chapter 3, 5 or 7 of
defendant pays the applicable fine, costs and any assessments required by
law to be paid upon conviction of such an offense.
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).
|What happens if I
contest my citation?|
|The 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.|