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WHAT TO DO IF YOU RECIEVED A TRAFFIC CITATION

cruiser.jpgTraffic citations are issued by the Sterling Police Department in the State of Massachusetts for various violations of traffic laws. You must respond to a traffic citation, usually by paying a fine or by appearing in court.  Failing to do so may result in a warrant being issued for your arrest and/or your driver's license status being suspended.

You may either pay the fine or request a court hearing.

HOW TO PAY THE FINE

If you decide to pay the fine, there are several ways to do so. The back of the citation will clearly indicate the deadlines and options traffic.jpgfor answering the citation. Generally, you must act within 20 days of receiving a traffic citation to avoid additional fines and/or license suspension.  In order to pay the fine, you may:
1. Pay online. Most traffic citations issued can be answered and paid online using a credit or debit card. Visit the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) Express Lane to pay online.

2. Pay by mail. Read the instructions on the back of the ticket carefully.  Check the box indicating that you would like to pay the citation and sign the ticket. Enclose a check or money order for the amount indicated on the citation and mail to:

        Citation Processing Center
        P.O. Box 55890
        Boston, MA 02205-5890  
 
3. Pay in person. You can pay your traffic tickets at any Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) office. Bring the citation with you, along with cash, check, or credit card.

4. Pay by phone. You can call the RMV Telephone Center at (800) 858 - 3926 to pay by phone.

HOW TO REQUEST A HEARING

judge.jpgIf you decide dispute the ticket, you must check off the box indicating your request for a hearing. Then, sign the citation and mail it to:

        Citation Processing Center
        P.O. Box 55890
        Boston, MA 02205-5890  

The Clinton District Court has jurisdiction over all traffic hearings.  You will receive documentation in the mail regarding the date and time of your hearing.

CRIMINAL APPLICATIONS

If criminal application is checked on your citation, there will not be a fine amount.  If you wish to be granted a hearing as to whether a criminal complaint should be issued against you, sign the citation and return it within four days to the Clerk-Magistrate of the court named on the front of the ticket.  

 LOST CITATIONS

If you lost a traffic citation after receiving it, you must contact a Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) office.


WHAT TO DO IF YOU RECIEVED A PARKING TICKET

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Parking tickets may be paid by mail or in person.

Mail: Place check or money order payable to the Town of Sterling in the envelope and mail with 21 days.

Person: An authorized person may bring the ticket and payment to the Town Collector, 1 Park St, Sterling Ma 01564. between the hours of 8:30am - 4:30pm.

Late Payments: Payments made after 21 days will incur a $5.00 late payment charge, and will result in the registered owner's license status becoming non-renewable.

Appeals - A hearing may be obtained upon written request of the registered owner.


WHAT TO DO IF YOU RECIEVED A MARIJUANA CITATION

The new law (Establishing A Sensible State Marijuana Policy, St. 2008, Chapter 387) went into effect on January 2, 2009.  This law, along with Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 94C, Sections 31, 32L-32N, and 34, creates the following new approach to responding to persons in possession of one ounce or less of marijuana:

Possession of marijuana is still illegal. However, this law now allows anyone found with an ounce or less of marijuana to be fined $100.00 rather than being penalized by arrest. Any person, under the age of 18, found to be in possession of less than an ounce of marijuana will also be required to attend drug-awareness classes.

Any person found with more than an ounce of marijuana may be arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and/or possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute. A conviction for either offense carries a sentence of up to two years in jail.

After receiving a marijuana citation, violators must either pay the fine within 21 days to their city or town clerk or request a civil hearing in front of a magistrate judge.

The marijuana will be confiscated.




 

 
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