August 19, 2018
Financial Hardship and Your Ability to Pay for Your Traffic Citation

Financial Hardship and Your Ability to Pay for Your Traffic Citation.

If you received a Traffic Citation, and can show that you cannot afford to pay the full fine amount, you may schedule a court hearing and request the court to consider your ability to pay when setting the fine amount.

If the court has already ordered you to pay a fine (at a court hearing, Trial by Written Declaration or by Trial in Absentia), and you can show that you cannot afford to pay the fine, due to financial hardship and/or a change in circumstances, you may ask the court for a lower fine, a payment plan, more time to pay, and/or community service, based on your ability to pay. You may make that request by completing Form TR-320This form can be used only after you have appeared in court or if your case has been referred to collections. and submitting it to the Traffic Clerk's Office in person or by mail. You may also schedule a court appearance to make the request in person before a judicial officer.

If you would like to ask the court to cancel or lower any late fees (such as a civil assessment) for failing to appear in court or pay your fine on time, you may complete Form TR-320This form can be used only after you have appeared in court or if your case has been referred to collections. and submit it to the Traffic Clerk's Office in person or by mail. You may also schedule a court appearance to make the request in person before a judicial officer.

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