Information Regarding Traffic Court
may visit the Traffic Division during the office hours
of 8:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Monday through Friday. The Traffic
Division is located in the Fostoria Municipal Building.
Please review carefully all information on both the front
and back of the citation that was issued to you. The waiver
schedule can be accessed through this site under Waiver
I call to request time to pay my fine?
|| No, you
must appear in court on the court date and ask the Judge for
time to pay.
forgot to pay my citation on time. Can I mail it on the court
have a waiverable citation, and you pay after your court date
(you must do so within 5 days of your Court date).
forgot to show my insurance card to the officer and was told
if I bring it in, I can just pay my fine. Is this correct?
you have a waiverable citation you can mail or bring in a copy
of your insurance card or policy showing coverage for the date
of your violation.
my fine be different if I come to court? How do I know how
much money to bring?
determines the fine amount in court and there is no way of
knowing what you will pay prior to your court appearance. The
Judge reviews the records, listens to your comments, and bases
his decision on all the information given. If you do not have
money on the day of your appearance and your fines and costs
exceed $100.00, the Court will sometimes allow you additional
time to pay your fine. This is referred to as a payment agreement.
There is a $5.00 fee for being placed on a payment agreement.
did not have insurance on the day I received my citation.
Will my license be suspended? For how long?
license will be suspended for 90 days by the Bureau of Motor
I get driving privileges while my license is suspended?
the Bureau of Motor Vehicles or the Court about filing a petition.
The Court accepts
payment by cash, check, money order, and credit card. Checks and money orders should
be made payable to the Fostoria Municipal Court, and can be mailed.
Please include a copy of the citation or the citation number on
the check. Court costs are a minimum $75.00 for moving violations
and $45.00 for non-moving violations (including charges that can
be waived). These costs CANNOT be waived if a person is found guilty,
unless the Court makes a determination that the person is indigent.
If you go to trial, there may be additional costs incurred for
subpoenas, witness fees, etc. These fees are in addition to the
minimum court costs.
To Plead Not
If you wish to
plead not guilty you must either: 1) Appear in court on the date
and time specified on the citation and enter a verbal not guilty
plea, or 2) Enter your not guilty plea in writing by the date and
time on the citation. You must have the case number, your complete
name and address and a phone number at which you can be reached.
Based on the not guilty plea the court will set a trial date and
will notify you by mail of your date.
The Judge may
grant an extension of your original arraignment date at a cost
of $5.00 . You must request this continuance in writing explaining
the reason for the request. The Court will notify you of its decision.
(Please see continuance form)
If your citation
requires a mandatory appearance, report to the Court on your stated
court date and time which is listed on the lower right hand corner
of the citation copy given to you by the officer. All proceedings
are called in check-in order.
What to Bring
with You to Court
of insurance for the vehicle and driver for the date shown
on the citation.
funds to pay for fines and costs.
Failure to appear
in Court as required will result in the following actions:
for arrest for failure to appear and contempt of court, which
is a misdemeanor and is punishable by a fine, jail or both.
You will be required to post a bond, if arrested.
Court will notify the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles of your
failure to appear. The BMV will withhold the issuance or
renewal of your driver's license and registration, and suspend
your driving privileges until the case is formally closed.
- Traffic Offenses
Traffic Rule 13(B)
- Indictable Offenses
- Operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or
any drug of abuse
- Leaving the scene of an accident
- Driving while under suspension or revocation of a driver's or commercial
- Driving without being licensed and expired operators license second offense and greater within a three year period.
- A third moving traffic offense within a twelve month period
- Failure to stop and remain standing upon meeting or overtaking a
school bus stopped on the highway for the purpose of receiving or discharging
a school child.
- Willfully eluding or fleeing a police officer
- Drag racing
Additional Non-Waiverable Offenses
- Reckless operation
- Passing school bus
- Third moving violation within 12 months
- Possession of marijuana
Posting a Bail Bond
A $25.00 Surcharge needs to be added to any bond being posted - Cash, 10% Cash or Surety Bond. The only exception is an OR (Own Recognizance) Bond.
Under HB 1 - Surety Bondsmen are required to post the $25.00 Surcharge along with their Surety Bond.
$25.00 Surcharge needs to be added to any bond on a Bench Warrant.
$25.00 Surcharge needs to be added to any bond posted on an arrest warrant, per the new bond schedule.
No Surcharge is required when a person signs an OR (Own Recognizance) Bond.