Traffic Cases Options
TRAFFIC CASE OPTIONS: The information provided below applies to anyone who was issued a Yellow ticket for a traffic case. It does not apply to photo radar or photo red light tickets.
Pay and Close Tickets: People whose traffic tickets are marked “Pay and Close” have the option to resolve their case without seeing a judge. This option allows people to reduce the points associated with their traffic charge. The number of points associated with your charge is indicated on your ticket under the column “PTS.” As an example, Speeding may be a 4-point ticket (10-19 mph over the speed limit) or a 6-point ticket (20 or more mph over the speed limit). If you get too many points, your driver’s license will be suspended, and your insurance rates could increase.
All “Pay and Close” tickets have instructions on the back for how to pay and close your case. If you pay and close your ticket, the number of points associated with your charge will be reduced as follows:
4 point charges are reduced to 2 points
3 point charges are reduced to 1 point
2 and 1 point charges are reduced to 0 points
Extra point reductions: While the court is closed due to COVID-19, the city prosecutors have authorized an alternative way to pay and close your ticket. It will reduce your points further if you agree to attend this online traffic school: https://www.isaeonline.com/online-classes/?13945/info/level-1-1st-resp-defensive-driving-class-online. You must contact the court by phone or email if you want to pay and close your case with a traffic class. Court staff will arrange to take your payment, and assign you a court date by which you must provide us proof that the class was completed. If you have not provided us proof of class completion or paid your fine by that date, you will need to come to court.
If you pay and close your ticket with a traffic class, the number of points associated with your charge will be reduced as follows:
4 point charges are reduced to 1 point
3, 2 and 1 point charges are reduced to 0 points
Mandatory Appearance Tickets: Judges are reviewing Mandatory Appearance tickets and in many cases are setting fine amounts that will allow offenders to pay and close their tickets, with a 2 or 3 point reduction in points, as described above. If you have a mandatory appearance ticket, please email or call the court to see if you have this option. If you are not eligible for a pay and close option, you may still be able to have court by phone with a judge.
No Proof of Insurance (NPOI) Tickets: If you were issued a ticket for NPOI, you may contact the court to discuss your options. While there are no guarantees for your specific case, the following typically apply:
If you had insurance on the violation date but didn’t have proof, provide us proof and ask to have your charge dismissed.
If you have insurance now, provide us proof and you will be offered the chance to plead guilty for a reduced fine amount.
Other situations require you to speak with a judge. Court by phone is an option.