A traffic citation has been issued for you to appear before the Lawrence County District Court. If you fail to pay or otherwise dispose of your case prior to the court date and fail to appear on your court date, a warrant may be issued for your arrest, your driver’s license may be suspended by the Department of Public Safety, the fine may be increased, and any bond posted may be forfeited. The Court date on your copy of the ticket is NOT A TRIAL DATE; if you desire to plead NOT GUILTY and want a TRIAL, you must appear in court on your court date to request a TRIAL.
Tickets listed in the chart below may be paid by entering a guilty plea without a required court appearance, provided you have not been convicted of two or more traffic offenses in the preceding 12 months. If you wish to avoid a court appearance and enter a plea of guilty, sign the Defendant’s plea of guilty on the back of your copy of the ticket and attach your money order or cashier’s check for the amount of fine and costs indicated and mail it to:
14451 Market Street, Suite 300
Moulton, AL 35650
NO PERSONAL CHECKS. Personal checks will be returned causing a delay and late charges being assessed. Your signed plea of guilty and money order must reach the Clerk’s office before your court date. If it does not, a warrant may be issued for your arrest and your driver’s license may be suspended by the Department of Public Safety, all without further notice to you.
For questions or payment please contact the Alabama Traffic Service Center at traffic.alacourt.gov or by calling toll free (866) 954-9399. Cases may be paid with a credit or debit card by calling (877) 252-7294.
Schedule of Fines and Costs for Lawrence County
NOTE: FINE AND COURT COSTS MAY BE GREATER IF NOT PAID BEFORE THE COURT DATE.
Defensive Driving School Options
If you have been charged with an offense indicated with an asterisk (*) in the chart above, you may be eligible to have your case dismissed upon completion of a Defensive Driving course and payment of court costs. This will prevent the accrual of points assessed against your Alabama Driver’s License as a result of this offense. To qualify for Driving School , you must
- Be charged with an offense eligible for Driving School
- Have no previous citation for a moving violation and have never been arrested for DUI, and
- Be approved for Driving School by the District Judge. Court appearance required on the date listed on ticket.
If you are approved for Defensive Driving your case may be dismissed upon payment of court costs after your completion of driving school. If you are NOT eligible for driving school, you may still avoid a court appearance by following the instructions at the top of this page.
Processing of No-Insurance Tickets
THE DEFENDANT IS NOT REQUIRED TO APPEAR IN COURT IF THE DEFENDANT DID HAVE LIABILITY INSURANCE COVERING THE VEHICLE DRIVEN AT THE TIME THE TICKET WAS WRITTEN AND IF THE DEFENDANT CONCLUDES THE MATTER BEFORE THE COURT DATE IN THE MANNER DESCRIBED BELOW:
For an out-of court settlement, Defendant may show proof of insurance, or mail proof of insurance, valid before date of citation, to the District Attorney's Office, P. O. Box 625, Moulton, AL 35650 and request for dismissal prior to the assigned court date. No costs will be assessed if Defendant had insurance prior to the date of the citation; however if insurance is purchased after the issuance of the citation; court cost in the amount of $204.00 is due and payable to the District Court Clerk along with proof of insurance. Be sure to include your name, phone number and address with your proof and citation.
IF THE CASE IS NOT CONCLUDED BY THE COURT DATE , THE DEFENDANT MUST APPEAR IN COURT.
Court appearance is required on the assigned court date if Defendant desires a trial.