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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 1st 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.
It is important to read your traffic summons, front and back as it contains important information such as:
IMPORTANT: If you choose this option, you are entering a plea of No Contest by 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. 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.
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.
Jackson County Circuit Court allows a one time extension for the appearance date on the summons. If you are in need of an extension you may call the court at 541-776-7171 ext. 587 to request a two week extension. If you don’t request an extension, you must appear on or before the appearance date listed on the summons.
You can find the amount of the fine for each charge listed on your citation. The fine amount is due at the time a judgment is entered and your case is closed. Payment arrangements may be requested.
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All monies imposed in traffic judgments are due at the time of sentencing unless payment arrangements are made with the Court. An additional fee will be imposed whenever any part of a judgment is left unpaid and has collection actions taken. Payment may be made in the following ways:
1. In person at the Jackson County Justice Building. Payments are accepted Monday - Friday 8am-12pm and 1pm-4pm, excluding holidays. We accept cash, check or money order payable to State of Oregon, or by Visa, Mastercard, or Discover (including debit).
2. Payment by phone. Credit or debit payments can be made by phone at our call center. Please call 1-888-564-2828 and have the case number and name available.
3. Payment on-line. Select the Make a Payment Now button or view the OJD Courts ePay page 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.
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.
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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