July 12, 2020
Financial Hardship and Your Ability to Pay Your Traffic Citation

If you cannot afford to pay your traffic citation, you have several options:

  1. 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 that the court consider your ability to pay when it sets the amount of the fine.
  2. If the court has already ordered you to pay a fine (at a court hearing, or after a trial by written declaration or trial in absentia) AND you can show that you cannot afford to pay the fine due to financial hardship or a change in circumstances, you may ask the court for:
    • a lower fine,
    • a payment plan,
    • more time to pay, or
    • community service.
    To make this request, fill out Form TR-320This form can be used only after you have appeared in court or if your case has been referred to collections. and turn it in to the Traffic Clerk's Office in person or by mail. You may also schedule a court hearing to make this request in person before a judicial officer.

  3. If you would like to ask the court to cancel or lower any late fees (like a civil assessment) for failing to appear in court or pay your fine on time, you may: You may also schedule a court hearing to make this request in person before a judicial officer.
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