Forms & Documents
WHAT IS AN INFRACTION?

Prior to 1981, minor traffic or motor vehicle offenses were crimes. The Legislature has decriminalized many traffic, parks, wildlife and fisheries offenses. These offenses are now called infractions, and are civil cases

WHAT MUST I DO IF I RECEIVE AN INFRACTION?

Start by reading the entire back side of your notice of infraction (ticket). If you follow the instructions, you can’t go wrong!

A person has three options when he/she receives an infraction: (1) He/she can contest the ticket by requesting a court hearing; or (2) admit the violation and request that the penalty be reduced; or (3) pay a non-refundable administrative fee and request Deferred Findings.

In Douglas County there's also the option to use the Infraction Hearing Online form in lieu of appearing in person, for Contested and Mitigation Hearings.

WHAT IS A MITIGATION HEARING?

A mitigation hearing is where you admit you committed the violation but wish to explain the circumstances of the infraction. To request a mitigation hearing, you should check box two (2). The Judge, depending on the explanation and your record, may adjust the penalty. However, the Judge will not dismiss your ticket. As the Court is required to forward all committed traffic tickets to the Department of Licensing, it will appear on your driving record.

WHAT IS A CONTESTED HEARING?

If you believe you did not commit the violation, then you should select box three (3) and have a contested hearing. As a result of a contested hearing, the penalty may stay the same, be reduced or the ticket dismissed. In the event you have subpoenaed witnesses you may be required to pay court costs. A contested infraction hearing is a civil case and the Judge will decide upon a preponderance of the evidence.