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Amending a Ticket

Amendments not requiring a court appearance 

Court clerks can process requests for traffic ticket amendments or reduced fines on certain moving violations. These must be handled in-person. Violations not eligible to be amended by the court clerks, you must appear on your court date and speak with a prosecutor.  

Full payment is due at the time the amendment or reduction is requested. If you cannot pay, you must appear on your court date.  

Amendments  

Eligible charges 

  • § 38A2 – Speeding  

  • § 12 – Traffic Control Device  

  • § 13 – Disobey Traffic Light  

  • § 32 – Basic Speed Rule  

  • § 48- Divided Highways 

  • § 49 – Illegal Turn  

  • § 50 – Illegal Turn  

  • § 51 – U-Turns  

  • § 54 – Failure to Signal  

  • § 59 – Disobey Stop Sign 

Requirements to be eligible for an amendment 

  • The ticket did not involve an accident 

  • The ticket was not given in a construction or school zone 

  • You have had no amendments in the past 12 months 

  • There are not any objections by the officer or other city staff 

  • For speeding violations, you must not have been traveling more than 20 mph over the posted speed limit, or have a maximum speed of 90 mph 

  • You must not have any unresolved charges remaining on the ticket after the amendment  

  • You do not have any bench warrants issued for failure to appear or you appeared within 30 days of the warrant being issued

  • You must be 18 or older or accompanied by an attorney or parent

Fine amount 

Double the fine on the ticket, plus court costs 

Reduced fines 

Eligible charges 

  • Expired vehicle tags less than 6 months 

  • No vehicle tag displayed  

Requirements 

  • You must provide proof that the vehicle was registered within 30 days of the ticket date

  • There are not any objections by the officer or other city staff 

Fine amount 

The fine amount is reduced to $35, plus court costs.  


Amendments requiring a court appearance
 

For violations not eligible to be amended by the court clerks, you must appear on your court date and speak with a prosecutor about the violation not being recorded on your driving record. The prosecutor will consider your driving record and the circumstances surrounding your traffic offense. If the prosecutor agrees to amend your moving violation, fine amounts are generally doubled and all fines and fees are to be paid immediately. Violations written in construction or school zones are not eligible for an amendment.  


No proof of insurance amendment

If you did not have insurance coverage at the time of your ticket, you may be eligible to have this charge amended to a lesser offense if you are approved by a city prosecutor and complete the requirements within 60 days from the date of the offense.  


Driving while suspended amendment
 

If you did not have a valid driver’s license at the time of your ticket, you may be eligible to have this charge amended to a lesser offense if you are approved by a city prosecutor and complete the requirements within 90 days of the date of the offense.