Municipal Court

Jefferson Municipal Court

425 Collins Road

920-674-0444 - Phone

920-674-6470 - Fax

Judge:  Joann Miller

 

Court Clerk:  Dawn White - dwhite@jeffersonwis.com

*** If You Need Any Assistance Please Notify The Court At Least 48 Hours Prior To Your Court Date. ***

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Must I Appear In Court On The Date Set Forth On My Citation?
You may avoid appearing in court by sending the deposit amount prior to the court date.  If the deposit is posted and you do not appear in court, you will be found guilty and the deposited money will be forfeited.  If you wish to plead not guilty, you may do this by mail, or by e-mail without appearing in court on the date set forth on your citation.  Mail the plea to the address on the front of this brochure or e-mail your plea.  Include the charge, the date you were scheduled to appear, the ticket number, your current mailing address and phone number.  This must be received by the date on the citation.  A court date for a pretrial conference will be mailed to you.  You will have to appear at the pre-trial conference or a default judgment will be taken.  If you do not post the deposit amount on your citation and you also fail to appear in court, a judgment will be entered against you for the amount on the citation.  You will be allowed 60 days to pay.  If you do not pay within 60 days, either a warrant will be issued for your arrest, your driver's license will be suspended for as much as two years or your debt will be certified through the Department of Revenue until the debt is paid in full.

What Will Happen If I Appear In Court On The Day On The Citation?
The date on your citation is the date of your initial appearance.  An initial appearance is your opportunity to enter a plea to the charge.  You may plead guilty, not contest or not guilty.  The initial appearance is not the trial date.  If you plead guilty or not contest, the court will find you guilty and the matter will be resolved at the initial appearance.  There is no guarantee that your ticket will be reduced.  Your ticket may already be written for the minimum forfeiture and points.  If you plead not guilty, your case will be scheduled for a pretrial conference at a later date.

If I Don't Want To Fight The Ticket, Can I Simply Get Time To Pay?
Yes.  If you do not appear in court, the court will enter a judgment against you for the amount of the ticket.  You will then be allowed 60 days to pay.  If you do not pay within 60 days, either a warrant will be issued for your arrest, your driver's license will be suspended for up to two years or your debt will be certified with the Department of Revenue until it has been paid in full.

I Wish To Plead Not Guilty, How Do I Do That and What Will Happen In Court?
You may plead not guilty either by appearing in court on the date of your citation, or by entering a not guilty plea in writing by mail or e-mail, prior to the court date.  Please include the charge, the date you were scheduled to appear, the ticket number, your current mailing address and phone number.  This must be received by the date on your citation.

After you plea not guilty, the case will be scheduled for a pretrial conference.  You must attend the pretrial conference.  After the pretrial conference, if you do not come to an agreement with the City Attorney, the case will be set for trial.

If you have been charged with Operating While Intoxicated, you have the right to a jury trial.  If you want to reserve this right to a jury trial, you must make a written demand for a jury trial and post the necessary fees.

I'm Worried About The Points That Will Be Assessed Against My Driving Record.  How Do I Know If I'm In Point Trouble?
If you are found guilty of a traffic violation, your driving record may be charged with demerit points.  The court will not determine the number of points assessed against your record.  The court will merely report the conviction to the Department of Transportation and they will assess the number of points against your record, depending upon the charge.  If you accumulate 12 points against your driving record within a one-year period, by date of violation, your license will be suspended or revoked by the Department of Transportation.

 

Pay Fines By Credit Card

Government Payment Service
1-888-604-7888 or http://www.GovPayNOW.com

Fines & Forfeitures = 5228
Parking Tickets = 5229

A 4.75% fee for service will be added to the amount of fees due if paid by phone.  (Minimum Fee is $5.00)

A 3.5% fee for service will be added to the amount of fees due if paid online.  (Minimum Fee is $3.50)