Who handles traffic tickets | Law Office of James Medows

09 Jan Who handles traffic tickets

Who handles traffic tickets

In general, traffic tickets are handled by one of two courts—the criminal court and/or the civil court. The only difference between these courts is whether you can be arrested or not. In most cases, however, you will have already been given an appearance date before you’re booked at either of these courts. Once your case has been transferred from wherever it was initially filed to one of these two courts, there will be an arraignment scheduled and/or a pretrial conference date. From thereon out, your matter will be decided within one of those two courts depending on how complex your situation is. Note that if you got more than one ticket during an incident, then each ticket would likely be tried separately before being merged together for sentencing purposes.

In general, traffic tickets are handled by one of two courts—the criminal court and/or the civil court. The only difference between these courts is whether you can be arrested or not. In most cases, however, you will have already been given an appearance date before you’re booked at either of these courts. Once your case has been transferred from wherever it was initially filed to one of these two courts, there will be an arraignment scheduled and/or a pretrial conference date. From thereon out, your matter will be decided within one of those two courts depending on how complex your situation is. Note that if you got more than one ticket during an incident, then each ticket would likely be tried separately before being merged together for sentencing purposes.

If you are pulled over, you will be issued a summons. This summons is simply an order for you to appear at a specific court for your arraignment on your ticket. If you fail to show up at court, it’s very likely that your driver’s license could be suspended. Your summons will have three major pieces of information: The date and time of your hearing, where and when you’re supposed to appear, as well as who was issuing it (in our case, Richmond County Civil Court). Write down these details on your summons right away so that if you lose or misplace it later on, there won’t be any questions about when and where your court date is.