A: Fines can be looked up on the Houston State Court website, but recognize that many cases require a court appearance, and all fine quotes are advisory only. Fines can be increased or decreased in the discretion of the court depending on aggravating or mitigating circumstances. Fines are doubled when an accident involving another vehicle is involved or when speeding in a construction or school zone.
A: Pursuant to O.C.G.A. 40-6-189: In addition to the fines or penalties imposed by this local jurisdiction, the Georgia Department of Driver Services shall administer and collect an additional fee of $200.00 from any driver who is convicted of speeding at 85 mph or more on any road or at 75 mph or more on a two-lane road. DDS must send written notice to the customer within thirty (30) days of its receipt of a super-speeder citation, and if the customer does not pay the citation within ninety (90) days, he or she is subject to a license suspension of indefinite duration until he or she pays the fee plus a reinstatement fee of $50.00. NOTE: The State Court of Houston County has no jurisdiction over this penalty and cannot collect it or assist you with any information concerning it other than as provided above. You must contact DDS for information regarding the fee, forms of payment and/or penalties. Contact DDS at 678-413- 8400, 678-413-8500, 678-413-8600 or TOLL FREE at 866-754- 3687.
A: You should have received a court date when you were issued your ticket. Otherwise, we can look it up for you.
A: Payment plans for all cases are available and are based on ability to pay. Conversion to community service on all fines is based on financial circumstances and is in the discretion of the probation department
A: 8am-5pm, Monday through Friday.
A: We take payments at the cash windows during regular business hours. Checks are not accepted, but an ATM is available, and debit cards are accepted.
A: No shorts, no tank tops, and no obscene or offensive clothing
A: Only an attorney hired or appointed to represent you can answer that question. Ultimately, only you can decide how to handle your case
A: You can qualify in court; qualification is based on income and assets owned.
A: Depending on the circumstances, the court can make limited exceptions but generally, you will need to hire an attorney or represent yourself. Attorneys often will offer attractive payment plans should you wish to hire one.
A: Only you can decide that question. The court’s only interest is in making sure you understand the downsides to such a decision, but the right to represent yourself is guaranteed.
A: Only the solicitor can make speed reductions with the approval of the court. Decisions are based on a defendant’s record and the particular circumstances of the case.
A: The solicitor alone makes the decision whether to dismiss a case, and while victim wishes are taken into account, cases are often prosecuted without the victim’s consent.
A: The tickets first go through a review at the Sheriff’s department, and then go to the Solicitor’s Office for review, who then pass them to the State Court Clerk’s Office who input the tickets. Please go to LIVE case access at the top of the home page and look up your case to insure it’s in the system prior to attempting to pay it.