Whether it’s your first appearance or you’re making a return visit, the process at the Franklin County traffic court is the same. And whether you’re there to admit to what you did or fight your traffic charges, knowing how things work prepares you to put your best foot forward.
Franklin County Traffic Court Process
From the moment you receive your summons to when a verdict is handed down, you can expect a streamlined and efficient process for traffic court.
Receiving the Ticket and Summons
When you’re accused of a traffic violation, the police officer will issue you a ticket that lists your violation, the associated fines, and the mandatory court date for your arraignment.
Arraignment and Entering a Plea
During your arraignment, you’ll have a chance to face the judge, hear your charges, and enter one of three pleas:
You’re not admitting guilt, but you’re not disputing the facts mentioned in the citation. The judge might allow you to explain your side of the story before administering any punishments.
You’re admitting that you carried out the traffic violation and accepting whatever punishments that the court levies.
You’re saying that you didn’t commit the infraction(s) and want to prove it. If you enter this plea, the judge might pick a date for pretrial hearings or just set your next court date.
This is a meeting with you, your lawyer, and the prosecutor. Everyone reviews the evidence and tries to see if they can strike a plea deal and avoid a trial.
If a plea deal that’s acceptable to all parties isn’t reached, the judge schedules a trial date, if they didn’t already do so.
Trial and Sentencing
For minor offenses, you and your attorney will present your case in front of the judge only. You can ask for a jury trial for crimes involving jail time.
If the court finds you guilty, the judge will hand down your punishment. If the court finds you not guilty, your charges are dropped.
When Do You Need a Lawyer for Traffic Court?
You need a lawyer from the moment you choose to fight your charges. Traffic laws can be complex, and an experienced attorney can interpret them correctly and deliver the best possible defense for your situation.
Let LHA Help You in Franklin County Traffic Court
Don’t fight your traffic citation(s) alone; contact Luftman, Heck & Associates. They’ve been in Franklin County traffic court countless times, so people like you get the defense they deserve.