So you've received a traffic ticket within the Oklahoma City limits. Ah, it's happened to just about all of us at one point or another. But what do you do now? Here is a quick how-to with information on handling a traffic ticket in Oklahoma City, whether you've decided to pay it or fight it.
Keep in mind that requirements differ for individual communities around and even within city. So for places such as The Village, Nichols Hills, Bethany or Warr Acres, contact those individual municipalities for instructions.
With Your OKC Traffic Ticket, You Should...
- Clarify the Offense - This might sound like common sense, but it's not unheard of for someone to be a bit confused and flustered after being pulled over. Make sure you know exactly what you were ticketed for. The ticket itself will tell you, and you can look up your case on the Oklahoma City website.
- Decide on a Plea - Once you're sure what offense you've been ticketed for, it's time to make a decision. Remember that you are required to choose a course of action when given a traffic ticket in Oklahoma City. You can plead guilty (admission of guilt to the charged offense), no contest (has the same immediate effect as a guilty plea) or not guilty (challenging the traffic citation).
- If Paying the Ticket... - If you plead guilty or no contest, you must pay the citation amount on the ticket. You can do so online, by credit card over the phone (405) 297-2361, in person at 700 Couch Drive (open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day), or by mailing ticket with payment information (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, checks and money orders are accepted) to:
Oklahoma City Municipal Court
P.O. Box 26487
Oklahoma City, OK 73126-0487
- If Contesting the Charge... - Pleading not guilty means you are contesting the traffic citation in court. You must post a bond before the arraignment date listed on the ticket. This bond is the amount of the fine plus a $35 bond posting fee. For more on how the trial works, see this information packet.
- Arraignment - The arraignment date listed on the ticket is the deadline by which you must take action. If you choose to appear before a judge, check in 30 minutes prior at the Municipal Court public counter.
Other Tips to Keep In Mind:
- According to the city, if your ticket is not past due and you have not attended driver school in the last three years, you could be eligible to do so and lower insurance costs/points. Call (405) 297-2361 for more information.
- If you're not prepared to appear before a judge or otherwise have a scheduling conflict, request a continuance at the Municipal Courthouse public counter for a $15 fee per case.
- It's important to take action. Failing to appear or pay an Oklahoma City traffic ticket by the arraignment date will result in bench warrant being issued for your arrest. Nobody wants that. It will also increase your fine. See current fines online.
- Interpreters are available at no charge for the hearing impaired. Call (405) 297-3898 at least 72 hours before trial date.