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How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Oregon

Citations or traffic tickets are issued in the State of Oregon for various violations of traffic law. You must respond to a citation, usually by paying a fine or appearing in court, or else a warrant may be issued for your arrest and your driving license may be suspended.

If you wish to dispute the citation, you must appear in court personally on the scheduled date, and enter a "not guilty" plea. Appearing in court gives you an opportunity to fight the traffic ticket in front of a judge or jury, and most people prefer to hire a traffic ticket lawyer to defend them in court. For more information on how to dispute a traffic ticket in Oregon, see our general section on Traffic Tickets and Violations.

PAYING A TRAFFIC TICKET - WHAT IT MEANS

When you pay a ticket, you are essentially pleading guilty to a traffic offense. Motorists should be aware that receiving and paying a traffic citation could result in higher car insurance rates and points on your driving record. Your license may be suspended if you accumulate too many points on your driving record.

HOW TO PAY THE FINE

If you decide to plead guilty to a traffic violation, there are several ways to pay the ticket (different counties have different payment options). Generally, the back of the citation will clearly indicate the deadlines and options for answering the ticket. Usually, you must act within fifteen days of receiving a traffic ticket to avoid additional fines and possible suspension of your license.

  1. Pay by mail. Read the instructions on the back of the ticket carefully, then check the "Guilty" box and sign the ticket. Enclose a check or money order for the amount indicated on the ticket, made payable to the State of Oregon. Mail to the court where your ticket is answerable (mailing address is usually listed on the ticket).

    Be sure to retain a copy of the citation for your personal records.

  2. Pay in person. You can pay your traffic tickets at the court (location of the court is usually listed on the ticket) where your ticket is answerable. Bring the citation with you, along with the payment (cash, check, money order, or credit cards are usually accepted). Payment options are available at most Oregon courts.
  3. Pay by phone. Some counties give you the option of paying by phone using a credit or debit card. If the facility is available it will be indicated on the ticket.

Parking tickets are usually settled at the Municipal court of the city where the ticket is issued.

PLEADING NOT GUILTY

If you decide to plead not guilty and dispute the ticket, read the instructions on the back of the ticket carefully. The instructions will generally indicate when and how to plead not guilty, and information about appearing in court to dispute your ticket. See our general section on Traffic Tickets and Violations for more information about how to dispute a traffic ticket in Oregon State.

DISMISSAL OF CHARGES

Remember that you cannot be found guilty of committing a traffic offense unless there is clear, accurate and convincing evidence that you committed the violation. Charges may be dismissed in court if the citation includes vague or incorrect information. For instance, vehicle information, time, location and circumstances must all be indicated correctly on the ticket. Many motorists choose to consult with a traffic ticket attorney to help them evaluate the validity of the ticket, and whether or not it is likely to be dismissed in court.

LOST TICKETS

If you lost a traffic ticket after receiving it, you must contact the court where the ticket is answerable.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Reviews of How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Oregon

Duh we can by phone or in person or by mail its the 21st centry I think we have a grasp on availale options where are the links the phone numbers the address fax something thanks for pargraphs of useless info

and exactly how to find out which court where the ticket is answerable? c'mon work with us here, I'm trying to get sorted and have been on this site and it's links for over a half hour. I'm out of state. the ticket is ancient. c'mon, please have better way of finding out where and how much ticket is. thank you.

this sight has no information relevant to questions that need to be answered by someone that has received a ticket and needs information. I have a ticket and need to know if i can make payments, where is that information.... Everything posted here on this site is on the back of the ticket, or known to middle-schoolers.. Pick up your game DMV, please !!

The number for the court house to ask "can I make payments" (which has to be approved by the judge) is also on your ticket. Reading is taught before middle school. Read thoroughly.