What should I know about adult traffic misdemeanors?
If you have received a traffic ticket, it is important to read both sides of the ticket. The ticket will indicate whether you are accused of committing a civil infraction or a misdemeanor. Also located on the ticket is information about how you can respond to the ticket, where you may need to appear, and what your rights are. Most traffic violations are heard by district judges or magistrates in the district court located closest to where the incident occurred.

If you have received a misdemeanor traffic ticket and are 17 years of age or older, you must appear in the district court where the violation occurred. If a hearing is requested, you may be represented by an attorney and you have the right to a trial by a judge or jury. The prosecutor or city attorney must prove that you are guilty. You may want to talk to an attorney prior to your hearing.

An arraignment is the initial step where you are formally charged with the offense, informed of your rights, and are asked to plead guilty or not guilty. If you fail to appear for the arraignment, a warrant for your arrest may be issued and your driver's license may be suspended. If you are convicted of a traffic misdemeanor, you may be required to pay a fine and costs, points will be added to your driving record by the Secretary of State, and some convictions may result in jail sentences.

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