FAQs: Municipal Court
FAQs: Municipal Court



Ticket Payment
Where can I find my citation number?
Continuance
Court Date
Attorney
Not Guilty
Ticket Amended
Arraignment
Jury Trial
Witnesses



Can I pay my ticket with a check or credit card?
    You may pay with cash, check, cashiers check, money order or major credit card.

    Check Policy: Per the Municipal Judge's Order, checks will not be accepted for the following reasons:
    • Your ticket has been amended,
    • Your drivers license has been suspended by Shawnee Municipal Court.

    An exception is made for attorney's writing checks from a trust account (but not a business account).

    Your ticket may be paid by credit card via telephone only if a plea has been previously entered on the ticket. You can call 1-877-685-4493 to make the payment. Do not call Court to pay by phone.



Where can I find my citation number?
    Your citation number can be found on your ticket. It will be 7 numbers and 1 letter (i.e. E1234567).



Can I get a continuance?

    Court clerks are authorized to give a two week continuance from original court date on the bottom of your citation or Notice to Appear. In order to receive this continuance, you must phone in prior to your court date and request the continuance.



I have not paid my ticket and my court date is today?

    If you haven't paid your ticket before your court date, you must come to Court.



Can I have an attorney represent me?

    In all cases in Municipal Court, you have a right to representation by an attorney. If you have been charged with an offense that may result in jail time as part of the sentence, and you want an attorney but cannot afford one, an attorney will be appointed for you. The Court will only appoint an attorney if you are indigent and there is a possibility you may go to jail. You will be asked to fill out a financial statement regarding your income and expenses and the judge will either approve or decline the appointment of counsel.



Do I need an attorney to plead not guilty?

    No. The decision to be represented by an attorney is entirely up to you. You have the right to represent yourself in any court proceedings this is called Pro Se representation.



Can I get my ticket amended?

    The Shawnee Municipal Court has put into place a policy for getting traffic tickets that are moving violations amended to non-moving violations. Amendment Policy



What is an Arraignment?

    Arraignment is the term used for the time scheduled for a defendant to appear in court and enter a plea. You may enter one of three pleas:
    • Guilty
    • No Contest
    • Not Guilty

    Pleading "guilty" means you admit to committing the act charged, that the act is prohibited by law, and that you have no defense for the act. Before entering a plea of guilty you should know that the City has the burden of proving its case against you.

    Pleading "no contest" means you do not wish to contest the City's charge. Upon a plea of no contest, the judge will enter a finding of guilty and order a fine, jail time or another appropriate sentence. A plea of no contest is not an admission of fault and cannot be used against you in a civil suit for damages.

    Pleading
    "not guilty" means you deny guilt and that the City must prove its charges. On a plea of not guilty, a trial is scheduled at a later date and the City will be required to prove "beyond a reasonable doubt" all of the allegations against you in the complaint.




Can I have a Jury Trial?

    No. You can not have your case tried before a jury in Municipal Court.



Can I call my own witnesses?

    You have the right to have the court issue subpoenas for witnesses to ensure their appearance at trial. However, you must furnish names, addresses, and telephone numbers of these witnesses to the court as quickly as possible so they can be located and subpoenas served no later than 10 days before the scheduled date of your trial.

    At the trial, the prosecutor will call witnesses to testify against you. After each prosecution witness testifies, you have a right to cross-examine each witness. After the prosecution has presented its case, you have the right to call any witness on your behalf.

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