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Traffic Violations are offenses that are punishable by a fine, but that are not punishable by a term of imprisonment. Violations include Traffic, Boating, Fish & Wildlife, State Parks, Animal Control, City and County Ordinances and are handled through the Violations Bureau.
The 22nd Judicial District has established a Violations Bureau under ORS 153.800. Any person who receives a traffic violation may appear before the Violations Bureau. The Violations Bureau authorizes a violations clerk to accept a plea of no contest or not guilty on violations that do not require a mandatory court appearance.
When you appear at the courthouse for your trial, you will need to be prepared to present your case at the time listed on your trial notice.
View the Schedule of Fines on Violations.
The 22nd Judicial District allows a one time extension for the appearance date on the summons, which request must be made before the appearance date listed on the summons. If you don’t request an extension, you must appear on or before the appearance date listed on the summons.
It is important to read your traffic summons, front and back as it contains important information such as:
NOTE: A "drop box" is available to accept public walk-in payments and filings from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday excluding court holidays. Documents and payments will be stamped as received that same day. Please include the citation number with payments.
IMPORTANT: If you choose this option, you will make a written appearance and waive your right to trial. The court may consider your written statement when establishing the amount of the fine. The court cannot impose a fine that is less than the minimum fine amount. If the court finds you guilty, the court may keep all or part of the money you pay. The court will not fine you more without giving you notice to come to the court for a hearing.
IMPORTANT: You have a right to a trial. The court will give you notice of the time and place when you MUST appear in person and may impose penalties if you do not appear. The court may require you to deposit money to assure your appearance if you failed to appear on any offense charges in the past. If the court finds at trial that you are guilty, the court cannot impose a fine that is less than the minimum fine amount. The court will not impose a fine if it finds you not guilty.
If you receive a letter from the Department of Motor Vehicles notifying you that your license is going to be suspended, you will need to contact the DMV for details regarding the suspension or restrictions.
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All monies imposed in traffic judgments are due at the time of sentencing unless deferred payment arrangements are made with the Court. An additional fee will be imposed whenever any part of a judgment is left unpaid 30 days from the date the judgment is entered into the trial court record, or when you and the Court establish a payment schedule that runs beyond the 30-day period, whichever is earlier. ($50.00 fee if the amount still owing is less than $150.00; $125.00 if the amount still owing is between $150.00 and $399.99; and $200.00 if the amount still owing is $400.00 or more.) The fee is imposed on the 30th day regardless of weekends, holidays or court closures. It is your responsibility to ensure payment is received PRIOR to the 30th day to avoid the additional fee. Payment may be made in cash, check or money order payable to State of Oregon, or by Visa or Mastercard (including debit). Credit or debit payments can be made on-line or over the phone. Please view the OJD Courts ePay page to find out more information about paying on-line. Please include the case/citation number with the payment to ensure your account is properly credited, and a current address and phone number so a refund (if any) can be mailed to the correct location. All monies imposed in traffic judgments are due at the time of sentencing or when you and the Court establish a payment schedule that runs beyond the 30-day period, whichever is earlier.
An appeal from a judgment of this court must be filed with the Oregon Court of Appeals in Salem. An appeal must be filed within 30 days of the date the judgment was entered into the trial court record.
Attn: Records Section Appellate Court Administrator Supreme Court Building1163 State Street Salem, Oregon 97310 503.986.5555
To download traffic violation appeal forms go to the Court of Appeals forms.
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