What Do I Do If I Receive a Traffic Citation?
Traffic 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 for 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:
HOW TO REQUEST A HEARING
If 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
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.
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.
If you lost a traffic citation after receiving it, you must contact a Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) office.