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  • Deny Responsibility and Request a Civil Traffic Hearing

    You may deny the alleged violation(s) and request a civil traffic hearing. The hearing is generally scheduled 30 days from your arraignment date.  You may be represented by an attorney or you may present your own case at your hearing.

    What happens at a hearing?

    • Hearings are similar to trials, but no Prosecutor is present to represent the state. Instead a Judge will question you, the law enforcement officer and other witnesses to determine what happened.
    • In a civil traffic hearing, the burden of proof required for a Judge to make a finding of responsible is by the "preponderance of the evidence" which is less than proof beyond reasonable doubt that is required at a criminal trial. To find you responsible, the Judge must listen to the facts presented at your hearing and decide whether it is more likely than not that you committed the traffic violation(s) alleged on your complaint.
    • The Judge's ruling will be based upon the testimony and facts presented at the hearing.
    • The ruling is appealable and you will be provided instructions by the courtroom clerk with regard to how to appeal the decision should you be found responsible.

     
    Tips for Preparing for your Civil Traffic Hearing

    Sentencing

    If you are found "Responsible" the Judge will impose a fine/sanction. The sanction may be different from the amount listed on the Fine Schedule/Bond Card given to you by the law enforcement officer.