When is a court appearance required?

A court appearance is always required for criminal matters (assault, shoplifting, harassment, drug charges). In traffic or other matters, if "court appearance required" is checked on the ticket, you must appear in court on the date and time indicated even if you wish to plead guilty. If "court appearance required" is not checked on the traffic ticket, you must still appear in court if:

  • You wish to plead not guilty and have a trial
  • The charge is not listed on the Statewide Violations Bureau Schedule (it cannot be paid by mail or in the court office)
  • Personal injury is involved

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1. What do I need to do if I want to plead not guilty?
2. Does my violation carry motor vehicle points on my license?
3. When is a court appearance required?
4. When is my payment due?
5. How can I pay my ticket?
6. Am I eligible for the municipal public defender?
7. Do I need an attorney?
8. What happens if I plead guilty in court?
9. What if I plead not guilty in court?
10. If I am found guilty, what happens after court?
11. How can I appeal a decision of the court?
12. What is a plea Agreement?
13. What happens when the court's orders are not obeyed?
14. What do I do if I have an outstanding warrant?
15. How do I obtain a copy of a disposition?