The facts and circumstances of each case determine the amount of fine the court assesses. Mitigating circumstances may lower the fine, even if you are guilty. On the other hand, aggravating circumstances may increase the fine. The range of punishment or fine for most municipal court violations is as follows:
Traffic Code Violations $1 - $200
Class C Penal Code Violations $1 - $500
Certain City Ordinance Violations $1 - $2,000
Other City Ordinance Violations $1 - $200
Please be aware that personal checks are not accepted in payment of active warrants. Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express, cash or money orders are the only methods of payment accepted to clear the warrant.
Court staff is prohibited by law to provide legal advice.
In addition to a fine, state law mandates that the Court assess court costs. Court costs are assessed if you are found guilty at trial, if you plead no contest, if your case is deferred for a driving safety course, or if disposition of your case is deferred and you are placed on probation. If you are found not guilty, no court costs will be assessed against you.
The court costs vary depending on the type of offense ($134 for most moving violations or $81 for most non-moving violations.)
You will be expected to pay your fine and court costs at the time your case is heard. State law requires an additional $15 be added to each case for any fine not paid within 30 days of disposition. Further, an additional $25 court cost is added to any offense occurring in a school zone.
You should check with the Court Clerk's Office to find out the amount that will be assessed in your case. If you request a trial and are found guilty, you may also be assessed the costs of overtime for a police officer spent testifying in the trial. If you request a jury trial, an additional $3 jury fee may be assessed and if a warrant was processed and/or served by a peace officer, an additional $50 may also be assessed.