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Deny Responsibility

You have the right to deny responsibility and contest the original charge on your citation. Contact the court within 14 days of receiving the citation to schedule a hearing. If you fail to pay or request a court appearance within 14 days, you will be subject to late fees and possible suspension of your license. Look here for additional penalties and deadlines Failure to Respond or Pay

Please note:

  • Points are assessed by the Secretary of State, not the Court. The 31st District Court does not have the ability to waive, raise or lower points on a violation.
  • Fines and Costs are due at the time of assessment.

Deny Responsibility

At a pre-hearing conference you will meet with the City  Attorney for the purpose of trying to reach a plea agreement. You will not go in front of the Judge or magistrate, and the police officer who issued the citation will not be present. If successful, both you and the City Attorney will sign the plea agreement form, and fines and costs will be assessed in accordance with the agreed-upon plea. Fines and costs are due on the date they are assessed. If required, the Court will report the plea to the Secretary of State, and points may be added to your driving record.
If you are unable to reach a plea agreement with the City Attorney, you may request an informal hearing. The informal hearing is held before a Judge or magistrate. The police officer who issued the citation will be present. No attorneys will be present. Both you and the police officer will have the opportunity to offer testimony, after which the Judge or magistrate will render a judgment of “responsible” or “not responsible”. If you are found responsible, you will be assessed fines and costs. Fines and costs are due on the date they are assessed. If required, the Court will report the finding to the Secretary of State, and points may be added to your driving record.
If you wish to appeal a finding of “responsible” at the informal hearing, you may request a formal hearing. In order to be scheduled for a formal hearing, you must post a cash bond in the amount of the fine for the offense on which you were found responsible at the informal hearing. The formal hearing is held before a judge. All parties may be represented by an attorney. The judge will listen to testimony by both parties and find you either "not responsible" or "responsible." If the judge finds you responsible, your cash bond will be applied to pay fines, costs, and assessments. If you are found not responsible, your bond may be returned to you.  If required, the Court will report the finding to the Secretary of State, and points may be added to your driving record.