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While Municipal Courts operate as the judicial branch of city government, they are also part of the state judicial system.  Municipal courts hear Class C Misdemeanor criminal cases, including traffic violations and drug offenses, for which the maximum fine generally does not exceed $500 and for which no jail sentence may be assessed.  They also adjudicate cases involving violation of city ordinances, some of which may have fines of up to $2,000.

When you receive a citation, your options to resolve your case can vary depending on different factors including the type of violation, the severity of the violation, the age of the defendant, and previous violations.  The first thing you need to do is enter a plea on or before your appearance date.  Once you enter a plea, you may have the option of disposing of the case without appearing in open court.  If your situation allows you to resolve the matter without appearing in open court, you may pay the fine, provide proof for expired violations or insurance matters, or you may be eligible for an alternative sentencing option such as deferred disposition, or a driving safety course.