Lost Traffic Ticket in OregonPage Overview
Several courts handle traffic tickets in Oregon. Your ticket might be with a Municipal Court, a Justice Court, or even a Circuit Court.
Your citation includes this information, but because you’ve lost your citation, 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 ticket. 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.
- Whether the ticket was a city- or county-level citation.
Generally, Municipal Courts handle city-level tickets and Justice Courts handle county-level tickets; however, Circuit Courts can pop in and handle some county citations.
Once you know or have an idea of which court has your ticket, you can contact the court and ask for information regarding your citation.
Remember to ask:
- The date by which you must appear in court or pay your fine.
- Whether a court appearance is required.
- How much your traffic ticket fine, court costs, and another other surcharges cost.
- Whether you must plead not guilty in person or if you can do so by mail.
- If your court offers an online payment option.
Oregon allows three plea options:
- No contest.
- Not guilty.
You can plead guilty or no contest and deal with your offense-related ticket fines and penalties, or you can plead not guilty and fight your ticket in court.
(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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