Court

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Effective Immediately

 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our building will be open by appointment only.

If you choose to enter the building please be advised you must wear a face covering.  We ask if any of the following apply to you that you let us know immediately and that you not enter the building.

  1. Persons who have been diagnosed with, or have contact with, anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
  2. Persons with fever, cough or shortness of breath.
  3. Persons who have been asked to self-quarantine by any doctor, hospital or health agency.

For Court please read the following information in its entirety. 

Piedmont Court Procedures and Information

1. When you receive a traffic citation or a complaint, you have a few options. This document is written to help you understand the procedures needed to exercise the option(s) that you choose. This document does not provide legal advice and it does not replace the advice that your attorney could offer.

2. Your first appearance on your citation or complaint is likely to be at the court clerk’s office. At this time, you may pay the citation and be finished, but the charge may appear on your driving record.

3. Certain citations may be subject to correction or reduction in accord with the local court rules.  These dismissals/reductions may be found on the court website www.piedmont-ok.gov.

4. You may wish to speak to a prosecutor and ask that you receive a deferred/suspended sentence to reduce the impact of the citation on your driving record. If so, you may post a cash bond with the court clerk and receive a new court date where you will be able to see the prosecutor/judge. If you are unable to post the bond immediately, you may request additional time for that purpose.

5. You may also wish to set your case for trial. To do that, post your bond and ask to see the prosecutor and judge to schedule the trial date. You will not need your witnesses at that meeting, but you will need them for the trial date. When setting a trial date, please be ready to advise the court of important appointments that you will have in the coming weeks so that we may attempt to avoid creating a schedule conflict.

6. If you are charged with speeding of 10 mph or less over the speed limit, and if you do not have a commercial driver’s license, this citation will not become part of your driving record. (This may only apply to Oklahoma driver’s licenses as some other states put these citations on your record)

7. Generally, the holder of a commercial driver’s license (CDL) cannot keep citations off the driving record unless the Judge finds the driver not guilty at the time of trial or if the prosecutor dismisses the case and returns all the defendant’s money. There are occasional exceptions to this rule, but they are rare.

Arraignment Dockets

The date on your citation assigned by the Officer is for arraignment only. You may pay for your ticket anytime on or before your Arraignment. If the citation is paid before arraignment, you do not need to appear.  Arraignment Dockets are always on a Thursday morning in the Court Clerk’s Office from 9a-10a.  The Arraignment is before the Court Clerk. The Judge or Prosecutor will not be present at that time. No testimony will be taken and no hearings will be held. It is an administrative court date. Payment plans and certain reductions can be handled at that time.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this court will also be available via tele/video conference for arraignments. Please call 405-373-5216 for more information.

Disposition Dockets

Disposition Dockets will always be on a Tuesday night, starting at 4 p.m. In order to be put on a Disposition Docket you must be assigned to that Docket by the Court Clerk’s Office.   Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this court will be held via tele/video conference only.    

Payments may be done in the following manner…

In Person

You may place your payment in the drop box to the left of the front door on the outside of the building.  Be sure to include your contact information.  If you prefer to get a receipt please call 405-373-5216 for further assistance.

Online or by Phone

You may pay on www.trafficpayment.com. To pay by phone you must call 800-444-1187. You will need your citation number and the amount you are going to pay. Your citation number can be found right above what you were charged with. It’s a bold black number beginning with Number 0. The amount owed is at the end of line showing what you were charged with. If there is more than one offense on the citation you will have individual numbers and amounts for each offense. There will be a fee for online and phone payments charged by the 3rd party credit card company operating those services. They are not part of the court system and cannot answer questions concerning court. 

Payment Plans

To be put on a payment plan please call 405-373-5216.

Posting of a Bond to be set for a future court date

If you wish to talk with the Prosecutor concerning a plea agreement or deferred sentence or if you are pleading not guilty and wish to set a trial date you must post a bond before being set on a disposition docket. If you are arrested you must post bond to get out of jail.  Bond is set at the amount of the fine plus $35 on each offense. We accept cash or surety bonds. 

If you have any other questions or need clarification for Court please call 405-373-5216.   If I don’t answer please leave a message and I will call you back as soon as possible.

 



Code of Ordinances Chapter 6, Section 6-103

The Court shall exercise original jurisdiction to hear and determine all prosecutions wherein a violation of any ordinance of this City is charged, including any such prosecutions transferred to the court in accordance with applicable law.