TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

1.               What can I do when I get a traffic ticket?

2.               How long do I have to respond to my ticket?

3.               How do I pay for my traffic ticket?

4.               Do I qualify for the Article 894 Program?

5.               Will I have to go to Court?

6.               How do I plead Not Guilty?

7.               What happens when I plead Not Guilty?

8.               What if I live out of state or parish?

9.               What happens when I get to court?

10.           I lost my ticket, what should I do?

11.           How will this ticket affect my driving record?

12.           What about my insurance?

13.           How are fine amounts determined?

14.           What is the cost of my ticket if paid by the pay date listed on my ticket?

DEFINITIONS:

·        Infraction – An infraction is breaking a state law, regulation or local ordinance that usually does not require going to court. You can resolve your infraction (motor vehicle or traffic ticket) by paying the amount due by mail or in person.  An infraction is not a crime.  The minimum fine for an infraction is $25.00 and the maximum fine is $210.00, plus any fees and costs required by the statue.

·        Violation – A violation is breaking a state law, regulation or local ordinance where the only ordinance where the only penalty is payment of a fine.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:   Please contact the Ticket Office (985) 873-6532, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Q & A’s:

1.   What can I do when I get a traffic ticket? 

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·        Pay in Person – Traffic Department, 2nd Floor Courthouse Annex, 7856 Main Street, Suite 210, Houma, LA. 70360.  Payment can be made by money order or cashier’s check.  CASH PAYMENTS CAN ONLY BE MADE IN PERSON.  NO PERSONAL OR BUSINESS CHECKS ACCEPTED.  Partial payments are not accepted.

·        Pay by Mail – Send a money order or cashier’s check for payment in full – PLEASE DO NOT SEND CASH -  partial payments are not accepted.  Mail to:  T.P.C.C.F. (Terrebonne Parish Criminal Court Fund), P.O. Box 3600, Houma, LA  70361-3600.  Send a self-addressed stamped envelope with payment.

·        Article 894 Program – If you have a CLEAN driving record and have not been placed on this program in the past, you can call (985) 873-6500 and ask for the Article 894 Program.

2.   How long do I have to respond to my ticket?

·        You must respond by the Pay Date on your ticket.  This date is  located at the bottom left corner written above the court date on your ticket.

·        If you do not pay in full or plead Not Guilty by the Pay Date your case will be transferred to court.

·        If your ticket is for a criminal infraction, your case will be transferred to court, an arrest warrant will be issued. The court  may set a bond for your release.  This will add the charge of “Failure to Pay or Plead” to your original charge.

3.   How do I pay for my traffic ticket?

         * Click for Fine Schedule

·        Mail a cashier’s check or money order for the full amount due.  PLEASE DO NOT SEND CASH.  NO PERSONAL OR BUSINESS CHECKS ARE ACCEPTED.

·        Make payment payable to T.P.C.C.F.

·        Payment plans are NOT available.  Payment in full is required on or before the Pay Date shown on your ticket located at the bottom left corner written above the court date.

·        No credit card payments are accepted.

·        You must pay the total amount due on the ticket or plead not guilty.  You cannot pay the fine for one charge and plead not guilty to other charges.

·        Late payments – If your case is transferred to court because you failed to pay or plead not guilty by the pay date, you will be required to pay the amount due and an additional warrant fee of $100.00.

·        Payment of a motor vehicle infraction fine or mail-in violation fine is considered a finding of “guilty.”

4.   Do I qualify for the Article 894 Program?

·        If you have a CLEAN driving record and have not been placed on the Article 894 Traffic Program before, you can call (985) 873-6500 and ask for the Program.  You record will be checked for all violations.

5.   Will I have to go to Court?

·        Unless you pay the full amount due, you will have to go to court.

·        If you plead not guilty, you will have to go to court (#6 - How do I plead Not Guilty?)

6.   How do I plead Not Guilty?

·        You must appear in court on the date stated on your citation.

7.   What happens when I plead not guilty?

·        You will be given a trial date.  You must return back on that date of dispute the citation.

·        A bond is required to plead not guilty.

8.   What if I live out of state or parish?

·        You can pay the citation by mail (follow the instructions on #3 - How To Pay)

·        To dispute the citation, you must appear in court on your court date that is on your citation.  If you do not appear on your court date, a warrant for your arrest will be issued.  This will add the charge of “Failure to Pay or Plead” to your original charge.

9.   What happens when I get to court?

·        Find out what courtroom your case is in.  The courtroom Division is listed at the bottom of your citation.

·        All Traffic Court starts at 1:30 p.m.

·        When your case is called, stand and go to the front the courtroom.

·        You must plead guilty or not guilty.

·        You will be required to post a bond.

·        If you go to court and you are found guilty, the total amount due will be more than the fine amount set by the judge or magistrate.  For example, if you go to court on a charge of failing to obey a stop sign, and the judge finds you guilty, the total amount due will be the fine, plus court costs.

10.   I lost my ticket. What should I do?

·        Call the Traffic Ticket Office (985-873-6500) Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. withyour name, date of birth and ticket number.

·        It normally takes 10 to 15 days for our office to receive a ticket from the date it was issued.

11.   How will this ticket affect my driving record?

·        For driving record information, you will need to contact the Louisiana Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).  Call 1-877-368-5463 or 1-225-925-6146.

12.   What about my insurance?

·        Decisions about insurance rates and premiums are up to your    insurance company.

13.   How are fine amounts determined?

·        The judges and District Attorney set a schedule of fines for all violations each year

·        The fine amount only increases if you fail to plead Not Guilty or to pay the fine by the Pay Date on your ticket

14.   What is the cost of my ticket if paid by the pay date listed on my ticket?

·        Click on Traffic Citation Violations Schedule

The District Attorney reserves the right to prosecute and require court appearance on any charge in lieu of payment of fine and costs as set forth on this schedule.
A Bench Warrant Fee shall be assessed when any fine and costs is paid after court appearance date.

*BENCH WARRANT $100.00 UNLESS NOTED OTHERWISE*

TRAFFIC CITATION VIOLATIONS SCHEDULE

APPEARANCE BOND TITLE OFFENSE

COSTS + FINES

 

RS:

 

 

$500.00 14:96 Aggravated Obstruction of Highway of Commerce

MUST APPEAR IN COURT

$500.00 14:97 Simple Obstruction of Highway

$220.00

$500.00 14:98 DWI

MUST APPEAR IN COURT

$500.00 14:99 Reckless Operation 
(No Accident)

$210.00

$500.00 14:99 Reckless Operation
(With Accident)

MUST APPEAR IN COURT

$500.00 14:100 Hit & Run MUST APPEAR IN COURT
$500.00 32:51

(47:508)

Vehicle License Required- No License Plate

$235.00

BW $63.00 = $298.00

$500.00 32:52 Unlicensed drivers

$185.00

$500.00 32:53 Vehicle Proper Equipment (Lights, Tires, etc.)

$200.00

$500.00 32:53D No MVI

$160.00

$500.00 32:55 Unauthorized Driving Highways (Posted or Under Construction)

$220.00

BW $78.00 = $298.00

$500.00 32:56 Obedience to Police and Traffic Controls

$200.00

$500.00 32:58 Careless Operation

$180.00

$500.00 32:61

SPEEDING:

1-10 mph

11-15 mph

16-24 mph

25 & OVER

 

 

$175.00


$185.00


$205.00


MUST APPEAR IN COURT

$500.00 32:64 Speeding Prima Faca (Impeding the Flow of Traffic)

$175.00

$500.00 32:65 Drag Racing (Excessive Acceleration)

$230.00

BW $68.00 = $298.00

$500.00 32:71 Driving on Right

$220.00

BW $78.00 = $298.00

$500.00

32:72

32:73

32:74

32:75

Passing Vehicles

On the Right

On the Left

$220.00

BW $78.00 = $298.00

$500.00 32:76 Limitation on Passing on Left

$220.00

BW $78.00 = $298.00

$500.00 32:77 No Passing Zone  
(No Accident)

$220.00

BW $78.00 = $298.00

$500.00 32:77 No Passing Zone
(With Accident)

MUST APPEAR IN COURT

$500.00 32:78 One Way Traffic

$220.00

BW $78.00 = $298.00

$500.00 32:79 Driving on Roadway Lanes for Traffic

$170.00

$500.00 32:80 Overtaking and Passing School Bus

MUST APPEAR IN COURT

$500.00 32:81 Following Too Close

$170.00

$500.00 32:82 Improper Driving on Divided Highway

$170.00

$500.00 32:101
32:102
Improper Turns

$170.00

$500.00 32:103 Improper Moving of Parked Vehicle(s)

$170.00

$500.00 32:104 Improper Turning and Required Signals

$170.00

$500.00 32:105
32:106
Signals by Hand & Arm or Signal Lamps

$170.00

$500.00 32:121 Failure to Yield
Right of Way (No Signs)

$170.00

$500.00 32:122 Failure to yield when turning left at intersection

$170.00

$500.00 32:123 Stop Sign Violation

$170.00

$500.00 32:124 Failure to yield when entering highway from private drive, etc.

$170.00

$500.00 32:125 Failure to yield to emergency vehicle

$220.00

BW $78.00 = $298.00

$500.00 32:141 Improper stopping, standing, or parking outside business
or residential dist. or on highway

$170.00

$500.00 32:143 Improper stopping or parking in specified places

$170.00

$500.00 32:144 Improper parking (General)

$170.00

$500.00 32:145 Unattended vehicle

$180.00

$500.00 32:171 Obedience to signal indicating approach of trains

$180.00

$500.00 32:172 Failure to stop at R/R Crossing

$180.00

$500.00 32:173 Certain vehicles must stop at R/R Crossing

$180.00

$500.00 32:174 Moving heavy equipment R/R Crossing

$180.00

$500.00 32:190 Operation of motorcycles and bicycles with No Helmet

$50.00

$500.00 32:190.1 Operation of motorcycles without Eye Protection

$50.00

$500.00 32:191
THRU
32:197
All motorcycles and violations

$180.00

$500.00 32:211 Pedestrians right and duties

$145.00

$500.00 32:214 Driver to Exercise Due Care

$165.00

$500.00 32:231
32:232
32:234
Failure to observe and obey traffic control signs

$180.00

$500.00 32:233 Pedestrian control signals

$180.00

$500.00 32:236 Unauthorized signs prohibited

$180.00

$500.00 32:237 Violating instructions of barricades

$180.00

$500.00 32:252 Vehicles Transporting Explosives MUST APPEAR IN COURT
$500.00 32:281 Improper Backing

$170.00

$500.00 32:282 Obstruction of drivers view or driving mechanism

$170.00

$500.00 32:283 Improper Opening Doors

$170.00

$500.00 32:284 Riding in H/Trailer on Fenders, etc. 

$170.00

$500.00 32:286 Following Emergency Vehicles too Close

$220.00

BW $78.00 = $298.00

$500.00 32:287 Crossing over fire hose(s)

$220.00

BW $78.00 = $298.00

$500.00 32:288 Drive through a Safety Zone

$220.00

BW $78.00 = $298.00

$500.00

30:2531

Littering 

$170.00

$500.00 32:295

Child Restraint:
1ST OFFENSE
2ND OFFENSE
3RD OFFENSE

 

$100.00

$250.00

$500.00

$500.00 32:295.1 Adult Seat Belt

$25.00

$500.00 32:295.2 Wearing Headphones

$150.00

$500.00 32:296 Parked on Hwy Shoulder

$170.00

$500.00 32:297 Low Rider

$170.00

$500.00 32:300 Possession of Open Alcohol Container

$170.00

$500.00 32:300.4 Smoking in Vehicle

$170.00

$500.00 32:300.5

Texting While Driving 1st Offense
(With Accident or 2nd Offense)

$200.00

MUST APPEAR IN COURT

$500.00 32:300.6 Use of Wireless Device Prohibited

$150.00

$500.00 32:301 Driving without lights

$220.00

BW $78.00 = $298.00

$500.00 32:301.3 No lights on While Operating Wipers

$25.00
MAXIMUM FINE

$500.00

32:302 

THRU

32:331

Lights & Reflectors Violations

$170.00

$500.00

32:341

THRU

32:346

Brake Violations

$170.00

$500.00

32:351 

THRU

32:359

Improper Equipment, Mufflers, Horns, etc.

$170.00

$500.00 32:361.1 View Tinted Windows Painted Dark Color

$180.00

BW $93.00 = $273.00

$500.00

32:362

THRU

32:364

Other Improper Equipment

$170.00

$500.00 32:365 T.V. Front Dashboard

$170.00

$500.00

32:366

THRU

32:378

Required Equipment on Certain Vehicles  (Flares, Flags, etc.)

$180.00

BW $118.00 = $298.00

$500.00

32:379

THRU

32:389

Size, Weight, Height of Vehicle

$245.00

BW $48.00 = $293.00

$500.00 32:383 Unsecure Load $245.00
$500.00 32:391 Written Promise To Appear

$180.00

BW $118.00 = $298.00

$500.00 32:398 Failure to Report Accident with Injury MUST APPEAR IN COURT
$500.00 32:398 Failure to Report Accident without Injury

$220.00

BW $78.00 = $298.00

$500.00 32:402
THRU
32:413
Driver License Violations
(No D/L on Person),
(Expired D/L)

$170.00

$500.00 32.414.1

Unlawful Use of D/L Hardship License Violation

MUST APPEAR IN COURT

$500.00 32:415 Driving Under Suspension MUST APPEAR IN COURT
$500.00 32:417 Allowed Unlicensed Driver to Drive

MUST APPEAR IN COURT

$500.00 32:423 Drivers License Restrictions

$170.00

$500.00 32:478 Failure to Have Name and Address on Truck

$160.00

$500.00 32:861 No Insurance

$190.00

BW $109.00 = $299.00

$500.00 32:1301
THRU
32:53 D
Expired Inspection Certificate

No MVI

$150.00

 

$160.00

$500.00 40:1390 Interfering w/Duties of Police Officer

$210.00
BW $9.00 = $219.00

$500.00 47:501 Failure to Secure Registration

$160.00

$500.00 47:505 Misuse of License Plate

$160.00

$500.00 47:506 No Registration in Possession

$160.00

$500.00 47:507 Failure to Display License

$210.00

BW $68.00 = $278.00

$500.00 47:508 Expired License Plate

$160.00

$500.00 47:519 Misuse of a Temporary Tag

$160.00

$500.00 47:536 Switched License Plate MUST APPEAR IN COURT
$500.00 47:536.2 Cancelled Plate

$210.00

BW $68.00 = $278.00

 

APPEARANCE BOND TITLE OFFENSE

COSTS + FINES

 

RS:

 

 

  4-3 Alcoholic Bev. Closing Hours

$150.00

  4-4 Location Restrictions

$150.00

  4-33 Open Containers

$150.00

  4-51 Alcohol Permit

$150.00

   
Animals
  5-25 Tag and Collar

$128.00

  5-26 Restraint

$128.00

  5-31 Rabies Control

MUST APPEAR IN COURT

  5-36 Interference

MUST APPEAR IN COURT

  5-39 Dog & Domestic Animal Noise Control

$128.00

  5-76 Running At Large Prohibited

$128.00

   

Fire Protection & Prevention

 

  8-1 Setting Fires

MUST APPEAR IN COURT

  8-2 Fireworks Sale and Use Prohibited

MUST APPEAR IN COURT

  8-3 Bayou Cane Fire District Codes

MUST APPEAR IN COURT

 

 

Garbage, Trash, Hazardous Waste And Weeds

 

  11-1 Dumping In Waterways

$216.00

  11-2 Storage Of Unsightly Material

$150.00

  11-30 Littering, Setting Fires, Etc.

MUST APPEAR IN COURT

  11-102 Prohibition, Tall Grass, Trash

$150.00

   
Junk And Abandoned Vehicles

  14-27 Prohibition

$216.00

  14-72 Improper Driving on Divided Highway

$216.00

   
Licenses And Miscellaneous Business Regulations

  16-53 Unlawful Solicitation

MUST APPEAR IN COURT

  16-253 Convenience Store Regulations

MUST APPEAR IN COURT

   
Motor Vehicles and Traffic

  18 Other Parking

$165.00

  18-7 Tampering With Street Signs

$175.00

  18-197 Handicapped Parking Zones

$145.00

  18-198 Fire Protection Areas

$175.00

   
Offenses, Miscellaneous Law Enforcement Provisions

  19-2 Discharging Of Weapons

$175.00

  19-3 Curfew For Minors

$150.00

  19-5

Excessive, Unnecessary Noise, Noisemaking
and Amplifying Devices:
1ST OFFENSE
2ND OFFENSE
3RD OFFENSE

$218.00

MUST APPEAR IN COURT

MUST APPEAR IN COURT

  19-8 Unlawful Use of 911

MUST APPEAR IN COURT

  19-11 Laser Pointers

MUST APPEAR IN COURT

  19-12 Silly String Sales

MUST APPEAR IN COURT

  19-26 Barricades And Other Crowd Restraining

MUST APPEAR IN COURT

  19-99 Throwing Objects At Float Riders

MUST APPEAR IN COURT

  19-100 Following Band Floats

MUST APPEAR IN COURT

  19-101 Glass Containers

MUST APPEAR IN COURT

  19-102 Silly String Use

MUST APPEAR IN COURT

  19-122 Police Dogs

MUST APPEAR IN COURT

  19-219 Wearing Hood Or Mask

MUST APPEAR IN COURT

  19-244 Open Glass

MUST APPEAR IN COURT

  19-251 Loitering

$145.00

   
Recreation And Parks
 
  21-1 Curfew Hours Parks Playgrounds

$145.00

  21-28 Closing Hours Parish Court Square

$145.00

  21-32 Bridge Loitering

$145.00

  21-298 Abandonment Of Sunken Vehicles

MUST APPEAR IN COURT