Important: Choosing this option makes a written appearance and waives your right to trial. If you plead GUILTY, you agree to the penalties for your offense. If you plead NO CONTEST, you consent to any court judgment based on your plea and statement and the officer's report. If it finds you guilty, the court may keep all or part of the money you pay, but will return any left after taking out the sanction amount. If you choose this option, the court will not fine you more without giving you notice to come to a hearing.
Option 3 - Enter a plea of not guilty by written appearance. To choose this option do all of the following before the time the summons requires you to appear.
1. Sign and date the back of your summons AND
2. Deliver or mail to the court the summons by itself or with a written request for trial.
Important: Choosing this option makes a written request for hearing. The court will give you notice of the time and place when you MUST appear. The court may impose penalties if you do not appear at the time given on your summons. The court may require you to deposit money to assure your appearance if you have failed to appear on any offense charges in the past.
Option 4 - Contact the Court Clerk, before the time this summons requires you to appear, and determine if you qualify for a trial by affidavit under ORS 153.080.
If so, the trial will be based upon sworn, written statements and future court appearances may not be necessary. It is possible that you may not qualify for trial affidavit. In that case you must comply with one of the other options.
Click HERE for trial by affidavit forms.
PAYING A TRAFFIC TICKET:
If you plead guilty, no contest or are convicted of a traffic violation, payment of your fine is immediately due. In cases where a person needs extra time to pay, please contact the court clerks for information on payment plans. You may pay your fine in person in case, by sending a check or money order, or with a Visa or Mastercard online.
Click HERE to make a payment online.
Please note that Oregon has mandatory minimum base fines. Those base fines are set by the legislature. The court can lower the fine amount that appears on your summons in some cases, by a limited amount.