How to Check a Summons Ticket

In the hustle and bustle of today's busy society, it is understandable how one could forget to take care of minor issues. Unfortunately, there are some minor issues that, if ignored, can become major problems down the road. Traffic summons are just such an issue. It is easy to lose track of the due date of a summons and, with the advent of photo-enforced speed zones and traffic light cameras, it is now possible to have received a summons without even knowing it. Fortunately, there are ways to check your summons or to determine if you have one at all.

Check the original ticket you received. It should show the date it was issued, and the date you must answer it. If the summons requires a court date, it should specify when and where you should appear. If it does not show a due date, it may state a time period within which the summons must be answered.

Contact the issuing agency. The department of the police officer who issued the summons will likely have a copy of the ticket on file if you have misplaced yours. Some agencies are now issuing electronic citations, meaning that they will be able to find the ticket with just a simple name search.

Visit the website of the clerk of the court of the county in which the summons was issued. In most jurisdictions, the clerk of court office will have section on its website where you can check on a citation or summons. They are usually searchable by the name of the person the summons was issued to or by ticket number.

Call the clerk of court. In some instances, the clerk of court may not have a website, or there may not be a means to search a citation. If this is the case, try calling the clerk's office in the county the ticket was issued. Even if there is no way to search a citation online, the clerk will have a database with information regarding citations. They should be able to search for a citation by name of violator, name of officer or ticket number.

About the Author

Joel Garrison is a professional writer with a Bachelor of Science in political science from Florida State University. He has served as an editor for the Florida House of Representatives and worked in crash reconstruction. Garrison teaches report writing, communications, physical fitness and health and nutrition to police recruits. He is also a firearms, defensive tactics, first-responder and CPR instructor.

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