The following information does not apply to cases requiring a MANDATORY COURT APPEARANCE.
No. It is not necessary to change your court date. If you are unable to attend the scheduled court date, you would enter your plea in writing by mail or fax. This must be received BEFORE your court date.
The dollar amount written on your ticket is actually a combination of a forfeiture and numerous surcharges and fees. The forfeiture for an offense is a relatively small part of the total penalty that you must pay. For example, if you received a speeding citation, the minimum forfeiture for this offense is $30. The base forfeiture ($30) and the fees and surcharges ($145.30) total $175.30. This is the amount that the officer is required to write on your ticket if traveling 1-15 mph above a 55 mph or less legal limit (65 mph limit has a higher minimum). It is the minimum amount that you must pay for a speeding conviction in the above range.
You may plead not guilty by either appearing in court on the date on your citation or by entering a not guilty plea in writing by mail or FAX prior to the court date. Mail the written plea of not guilty to Green County Clerk of Court, Green County Justice Center, 2841 6th Street, Monroe, WI 53566 or FAX your plea by calling (608) 328-9405. Include the charge and violation date, the date you were scheduled to appear, the name of the police agency that issued you your ticket, the ticket number, your current mailing address and phone number. This must be received before the court date on your citation.
After you plead not guilty, the case will be scheduled for a pretrial conference. You must attend the pretrial conference. After the pretrial conference, the case will be scheduled for final conference or trial. You have the right to a jury trial. If you want to preserve this right to a jury trial, you must make a written demand for a jury trial and post jury fees within ten (10) days following the date of your initial appearance. Jury fees are not refundable.
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 Division of Motor Vehicles and the Division will assess the number of points against your record, depending upon the charge. If you accumulate 12 points against your driving record within a one-year period by date of violations, your license will be suspended or revoked.
If you have questions about the status of your license you should call the Division of Motor Vehicles directly at (608) 266-2261.
* Exceeding 55 mph speed limit by 25 or more mph will result in a 15-day license suspension.
If you have a probationary license, the points are doubled for each conviction after your first.
You may avoid appearing in court by sending the deposit amount on the citation prior to your court date. If money is posted and you do not appear in court, you will be found guilty, and the money posted will be forfeited.You may also avoid appearing in court if you enter your plea in writing. Mail your plea to Green County Clerk of Court, Green County Justice Center, 2841 6th Street, Monroe, WI 53566 or by FAXING your plea to (608) 328-9405. Include the charge and violation date, the date you were scheduled to appear, the name of the police agency that issued your ticket, the ticket number, your current mailing address and phone number. This plea must be received before the court date on the citation. If your plea is not guilty, a court date for a pretrial conference will be mailed to you. You will have to appear at the pretrial conference. If you do not post money and you also fail to enter a plea in person or by writing, a judgment will be entered against you for the amount of the ticket. From the date of judgment, you will be allowed no more than 60 days to pay. Failure to pay will result in either a warrant for your arrest or suspension of your license.
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 the matter will be resolved at the initial appearance. Be prepared to pay the ticket at that time. There is no guarantee that your ticket will be reduced. Your ticket may already be written for the minimum forfeiture and points. If you plead not guilty, your case will be scheduled for a pretrial conference at a later date.
State statutes require that the officer and the court include these fees and surcharges on your ticket.