What to Expect in Kent Traffic Court
The court is conveniently located a few miles from I-84 and has ample parking to accommodate their large calendars.
Who will prosecute my ticket? Your ticket may be prosecuted by a number of law enforcement agencies. In general, local tickets are prosecuted by the issuing officer or their representative. Meanwhile, tickets issued by the State Police are prosecuted by a special prosecutor. Most tickets issued on I-84 are issued by the State Police and will be prosecuted by the special prosecutor.
If I resolve my Kent ticket in court, will I have to pay a fine? Most resolutions involving a traffic ticket will involve the payment of some kind of a fine. The fine is set by statute and imposed by the judge. You may be given additional time to pay your fine but it is at the discretion of the court. It is the preference of the court that all fines be paid the same day that the case is resolved. As such, it is important that your bring some extra money to court just in case a fine is imposed.
What can I expect when I go inside the Court? On the court date, you must “check in” with the officers/court clerk inside the court. You will be instructed to walk through a metal detector and to turn off all electronic devices. After passing security, you will be instructed to have a seat inside the court and wait for either the Town Prosecutor or Police Officer to call your name for a conference.
The courtroom is a large auditorium style room. There is a large echo and it is important that you keep quiet while waiting for your case. Most traffic proceedings are tape recorded and sometimes the slightest sounds can be picked up on the recordings.
The court moves quickly and efficiently. However, there may be significant delays. You should be patient and be prepared to spend up a few hours in court.
Is there anything I should do before going to court? In brief, if you have been issued a ticket, you must enter a plea of not guilty within 48 hours of receipt. You should do so by some by some form of return-receipt mailing.
Your failure to respond in a timely manner will result in your license being suspended. If your privilege to drive is suspended and you are caught driving, you could be arrested and placed in jail. Further, you may be convicted of a misdemeanor and be subject to a permanent criminal record.
The court will send you a court date in the mail. You should be proactive in tracking your court date. If you have not received a court notice, you should contact the court an inquire about your ticket's status.
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What are some things I should bring to court? It is helpful to bring your court notice and a copy of your ticket. This will help the court easily track down your case and help expedite the process. It is also helpful to bring a copy of your driving record. Your driving record can be obtained at your local Department of Motor Vehicles. If you resolve your matter, should know exactly how it will affect your privilege to drive. If the court assesses a fine, you should be prepared to pay the fine on the day you go to court.
What happens at trial? If you go to court expecting to proceed to trial on your traffic matter, your case may take longer. Trials are usually handled at the end of the calendar to avoid a long delay for those who simply wish to take a plea.
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