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Traffic Violations

General information

Traffic Court is held Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. You must check in with at the information/cashier windows on the first floor of the Courthouse before court and lines can be long. Please allow plenty of time, as those who are late will not be able to see a judge. If you do not appear you must contact the Court within seven (7) days. If you do not contact the court within seven (7) days, there will be a default judgment entered against you for the entire amount of your fine. You may contact the Court in person at the information/cashiers windows, by writing a letter or by phone.

Pleading not guilty

If you choose to plead not guilty, your case will be set for trial and you will receive notice by mail of the trial date. When pleading Not Guilty you have the option to waive your personal appearance by requesting a trial by declaration. If you want to have a trial by declaration please contact the court in person or by mail and the trial by declaration forms will be mailed to you.

Fine Reduction

Reductions to traffic fines are based upon your driver's history. Oregon driving history is available to court staff. Defendants with out-of-state drivers licenses must submit a paper copy of their driver history before their appearance date if they are asking the Court to consider a reduction in a traffic fine.

Defensive and Distracted Driver Courses

The option of completing a defensive or distracted driver course to reduce or avoid a fine is not offered at the Deschutes County Circuit Court.

Frequently Asked Questions



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