Lost Traffic Ticket in Oregon
If you have a lost traffic ticket, you'll need to contact the Oregon district court handling your case. After you provide some personal information, the court will be able to help you find traffic ticket information.
Oregon doesn't provide an online search to find traffic tickets. Also, finding information about your lost ticket isn't as simple as picking up the phone and calling the DOT and saying, "I need to find ticket information."
To find ticket information, you will need to contact the appropriate Oregon court handling your case. Your traffic ticket might be with a municipal court, a justice court, or even a circuit traffic court.
Your traffic citation includes this information, but because you've lost your OR traffic ticket, you can't look. This means you'll need to begin a process of elimination.
Start by trying to remember:
- Where you were when you received the traffic ticket for your moving violation. Think of landmarks, local businesses, or any other scenery that might help you or someone else narrow down the location.
- The law enforcement agency that issued the ticket for the traffic violation.
- Whether the traffic ticket was a city- or county-level citation.
Generally, municipal courts handle city-level tickets and justice courts handle county-level traffic tickets; however, circuit courts can pop in and handle some county traffic tickets.
Once you know or have an idea of which court is handling your OR traffic citation, you can contact them and ask for information regarding your lost ticket.
Remember to ask:
- The date by which you must appear in court or pay your ticket fine.
- Whether a court appearance is required.
- How much your OR traffic ticket fine, court costs, and another other surcharges cost.
- Whether you must plead "not guilty" to your traffic violation in person or if you can do so by mail.
- If your Oregon district court offers an online ticket payment option.
Once you obtain details about your lost traffic ticket in OR, you'll need to determine how you will plead. Oregon allows three plea options:
- No contest.
- Not guilty.
You can plead "guilty" or "no contest" to your traffic violation and deal with your offense-related ticket fines and penalties, or you can plead "not guilty" and fight your traffic citation for your moving violation in court. If you choose to fight the charge, you may want to consider hiring a traffic ticket attorney.
Remember, if you have a lost ticket, you'll still need to enter a plea by the due date.
(Plead Guilty or No Contest)
- Pay the fine; online if applicable.
- Suffer violation-related penalties (sometimes license suspension or revocation.
- Experience auto insurance rates increase.
- Possibly enroll in the Driver Improvement Program for ticket dismissal.
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(Plead Not Guilty)
- Enter a not guilty plea.
- Prepare for your hearing, possibly with help from a traffic ticket attorney.
- Suffer no penalties if found not guilty (except applicable court/attorney fees).
- Appeal the guilty verdict (if applicable).
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