GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT VIOLATIONS
Jackson County Circuit Court traffic arraignments are scheduled every Wednesday afternoon at 4:00 PM. However, you may appear on your citation to enter a plea or request a trial at any time during the week between working hours. Our Violations Bureau Clerk can assist you in resolving the charges on your citation. The clerk’s office is located on the first floor of the Jackson County Justice Building in Medford, Oregon.
Violations are offenses in which the only penalty that can be imposed is a fine. They not only include traffic, boating, fish & wildlife and State Park violations but also Minor in Possession and Possession of Less than 1 ounce of Marijuana.
Effective Date: Oregon Laws 2011, chapter 597 (HB 2712), eliminated the complex structure of calculated “base fines” on violations in favor of explicit “presumptive fines” for classified violations and many unclassified “specific fine violations.” The law also set new minimum and maximum fines on violations. The new presumptive fines and minimum and maximum fine amounts apply to offenses committed on or after January 1, 2012.
Chief Justice’s Uniform Fine Schedule for Violations and Court Violations Bureaus; Applies to Violations Committed on or after January 1, 2012
The Chief Justice has signed an order approving a statewide uniform fine schedule for all violation cases filed in circuit courts and handled by a staff violations bureau. The uniform fine schedule was developed in response to Oregon Laws 2011, chapter 597, section 149 (HB 2712), which amended ORS 153.800 to require the Chief Justice to establish a uniform fine schedule by January 1, 2012. The schedule applies to violations committed on or after January 1, 2012.
PLEA OPTIONS PAGE
Enter a No Contest Plea – You may appear on or before your scheduled appearance date at the traffic counter or through the mail.
On your copy of the Summons:
1. Sign and date the back or bottom of your summons AND
2. Send or take to the court the citation and the full amount of the presumptive fine; AND
3. Attach a written statement explaining the circumstances of the violation(s) charged.
Option 1 - Enter a plea of no contest and pay the court the amount of the presumptive fine written on the front of this citation. When you enter a “no contest plea”, you will waive your right to a court trial and indicate that you agree to the penalties for your offense. If the court accepts your plea, the court may not impose a fine that is more than the amount of the presumptive fine.
Option 2 - Enter a plea of no contest and send a letter of explanation. You must do all of the following before the day and time the citation requires you to appear in court. If you respond by mail, the mail must arrive at the court before you are required to appear.
IMPORTANT: If you choose this option, you will make a written appearance and waive your right to a trial. The court may consider your written statement when establishing the amount of the fine. The court cannot impose a fine that is less than the minimum fine amount. If the court finds you guilty, the court may keep all or part of the money you pay. The court will not fine you more without giving you notice to come to the court for a hearing.
Enter a Plea of Not Guilty and request a trial by doing one of the following:
Option 1 – Request a Trial Date You may request a trial by mail or in person at the court traffic window on or before the day and time written on the front of the citation to plead not guilty and request a trial. To request a trial by mail, sign and date the back of your summons AND submit a written request for a trial before the day and time the citation requires you to appear in court. Please include your telephone number. If you respond by mail, the mail must arrive at the court before you are required to appear.
Option 2 – Trial by Affidavit You may request a trial by affidavit by completing the Summons and entering a not guilty plea. Submit a request in writing for a trial by affidavit and the court will return the Trial by Affidavit paperwork to you for completion. The request must be received on or before your scheduled appearance date. Trial will be based upon sworn, written statements.
IMPORTANT: Trial Continuance – If you must request a continuance of your trial date once it has been scheduled, the court must receive your request five (5) working days prior to the trial date, or the motion will be denied. The request for continuance must be received in writing.
FAILURE TO APPEAR
If you fail to appear or fail to follow the instructions found on the back of the summons, the court may suspend your license if you fail to appear on a citation for a traffic offense. The record of conviction will be sent to the licensing authority of the state where you are licensed to drive to decide if a license suspension is appropriate.
If you do not pay the full presumptive fine amount in advance and do not appear, the court may enter a conviction and a judgment against you for more than the presumptive fine and up to the maximum penalty allowed by law for the charged offense(s) including the maximum fines, restitution, and other costs.
If you receive a letter from DMV notifying you that your license is going to be suspended, you will need to contact DMV for details regarding the suspension or restrictions