425 COLLINS RD, JEFFERSON, WI (for payments)
COURT LOCATION: (court appearances)
317 SOUTH MAIN STREET, JEFFERSON, WI
Phone: (920) 674-0444
Fax #: (920) 674-6470
Office Hours: Monday – Thursday 8:00am – 4:30pm
1st & 3rd Thursday 10:00am – 6:30pm
NOTE: OFFICE IS CLOSED WHEN COURT IS IN SESSION
IF YOU NEED ANY ASSISTANCE, PLEASE NOTIFY THE COURT AT LEAST 48 HOURS PRIOR TO YOUR COURT DATE
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MUST I APPEAR IN COURT ON THE DATE SET FORTH ON MY CITATION?
You may avoid appearing in court by sending the deposit amount prior to your court date. PLEASE NOTE: DEPOSIT AMOUNT DOES NOT INCLUDE ANY RESTITUTION THAT MAY BE ORDERED BY THE JUDGE. If the deposit is posted and you do not appear in court, you will be found guilty and the deposited money will be forfeited. If you wish to plead not guilty, you may do so by mail, fax or e-mail without appearing in court on the date set forth on your citation. Include the charge, the date you were scheduled to appear, the citation number, your current mailing address and phone number. This must be received by the date on the citation. A date for a Pre-Trial conference will be mailed to you. You will have to appear at the Pre-Trial conference OR call the City Attorney prior to Pre-Trial date given. Failure to do so will result in a default judgment. If you do not post the deposit amount on your citation and you also fail to appear in court, a judgment will be entered against you for the amount on the citation. You will be allowed 60 days to pay. If you do not pay within 60 days, either a warrant will be issued for your arrest, your driver’s license will be suspended for 1 year and/or your debt will be certified thru the Department of Revenue, until the debt is paid in full.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF I APPEAR IN COURT ON THE DATE GIVEN WITH THE CITATION?
The date on your citation is the date of your initial appearance. An initial appearance is your opportunity to enter a plea to the charge. You may plead guilty, no contest or not guilty. The initial appearance is not the trial date. If you plead guilty or no contest, the court will find you guilty and assess the full fine and points. If you wish to have a reduction in points and/or fine, you MUST plead not guilty. If you plead not guilty, your case will be scheduled for a Pre-Trial conference with the City Attorney for a later date.
IF I DON’T WANT TO FIGHT THE CITATION, CAN I SIMPLY GET TIME TO PAY?
Yes. If you do not appear in court, the court will enter a judgment against you for the amount on the citation. You will then be given 60 days to pay. If you do not pay within 60 days, either a warrant will be issued for your arrest, your driver’s license will be suspended for up to 1 year and/or your debt will be certified with the Department of Revenue until it is paid in full. If you are unable to pay the citation within the 60 days, please contact the court for further information regarding a payment plan.
I WISH TO PLEAD NOT GUILTY, HOW DO I DO THAT AND WHAT WILL HAPPEN?
You may plead not guilty by entering a not guilty plea, in writing, prior to the court date given on your citation. You must mail, fax or e-mail to the Court prior to the court date given on your citation. Please include your citation number, current mailing address and phone number. After you plead not guilty, the case will be scheduled for a Pre-Trial conference with the City Attorney. You must attend the Pre-Trial conference OR call the City Attorney prior to your pre-trial date, or you will be found in default. If you do not come to an agreement with the City Attorney, the case will be set for a Trial before the Municipal Judge. If you have been charged with Operating While Intoxicated, you have the right to a jury trial. If you want to reserve this right, you must make a written demand for a jury trial and post the necessary fees within ten (10) days, following your initial appearance.
I’M WORRIED ABOUT THE POINTS THAT WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST MY DRIVING RECORD. HOW DO I KNOW IF I’M IN POINT TROUBLE?
If you are found guilty of a traffic violation, your driving record may be charged with demerit points. The Court will not determine the number of points assessed against your record. The Court will merely report the conviction to the Department of Transportation and they will assess the number of points against your record. If you accumulate 12 points within a 1 year period, by date of violation, your license will be suspended or revoked by the Department of Transportation. You may contact the Department of Transportation to find out the status of your driver record and check your points.