How much is my citation?
See the "Bond & Waiver
" section of this site. If you still have questions, call the court at 419-499-4689.
Do I have to appear in court?
If the court appearance box is checked on your ticket indicating a non-waiverable offense or if this is your third moving violation in the past twelve (12) months, then you must appear in court. If you have a waiverable offense, you can admit guilt and pay fines and court costs by mail or in person without having to appear before the Judge.
Do I need an attorney?
If jail is a possible sentence, it may be wise to consult with an attorney, but you are not required to have attorney representation. If you are unable to afford an attorney and qualify for a court appointed attorney, one may be appointed for you.
I need a different court date.
The court may grant one extension of your original arraignment date for up to seven days. Contact the court at (419) 499-4689 prior to the appearance date on your ticket to request a continuance.
A second continuance of your court appearance must be granted by the Judge. You must request this continuance in writing explaining the reason for the request. The court will notify you of the Judge's decision.
Can I call to request more time to pay my fine?
Yes. The court clerks are authorized to grant you up to a thirty (30) day extension PROVIDED the request is made in writing before your payment due date. If you need more than a thirty (30) day extension, then you must appear at court to request such additional time to pay. This is referred to as a payment agreement.
I did not show my insurance card to the officer. If I bring it in now, can I just pay my fine?
Yes. If you have a waiverable citation, you can mail or bring in a copy of your insurance card or policy showing coverage. The proof of your insurance must show your name, the vehicle you were driving at the time the citation was issued and that the policy was in effect at the time the citation was issued.
I did not have insurance on the day I received my citation. Will my license be suspended? For how long?
Yes. Your license will be suspended for 90 days by the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles on a first offense.
Can I get driving privileges while my license is suspended?
Contact the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles at (614) 752-7600.
Will my fine be different if I appear in court? How do I know how much money to bring?
The Judge determines the fine amount depending on the nature of the offense and any prior record. The Judge reviews the records, listens to your comments, and bases his decision on all the information given.
If you do not have money on the day of your appearance and your fines and costs exceed $100.00, the court will sometimes allow you additional time to pay your fine. This is referred to as a payment agreement.
If you plead not guilty, go to trial, and are found guilty, there may be additional costs incurred for subpoenas, witness fees, etc. These fees are in addition to the minimum $90.00 court costs. No costs or fees are incurred if you are found not guilty or the case is dismissed.
I forgot to show up to court when scheduled. What will happen?
Failure to appear in court will result in a warrant for your arrest. You will be required to post a bond if you are subsequently arrested.
The court will notify the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles of your failure to appear. The BMV will withhold the issuance or renewal of your driver's license and registration and immediately suspend your driving privileges.