Your court date is written on your ticket. You can also look up your case here to confirm your court date.
No, you must appear at your designated court date.
If you are an out-of-state driver you may be eligible to enter a Plea in Absentia. To apply you must complete an application, and the Solicitor’s Office will notify you if you’re accepted.
Your citation has been received but your courtroom and time is not assigned. Please check the court website regularly for updates. You will also receive a notice via mail at the address listed on your citation.
If you wish to update your address with the Court, please submit a Change of Address Form and include your state-issued ID with the updated address. If your case has been bound over to a higher court, you will need to contact that court to change your address.
Yes. Entry into an alternative sentencing program is at the Judges’ discretion. Restore Atlanta oversees the following alternative sentencing programs: Teens Learning Control, Restorative Justice, Clinical and the Homeless Court Program.
Tax Refund Intercept Program (TRIP) allows Georgia courts to collect unpaid fines and fees through your tax refund.
It is no longer required to visit Atlanta Police Property to receive a vehicle release for impounded vehicles. Vehicles are now released directly from the impound company. If your car was impounded based on your failure to pay parking citations, please note that all parking tickets must be paid before the vehicle is released from the impound company.
If you enter a guilty plea or a nolo contendere plea you will be required to satisfy the ruling of the court. This may include paying a fine, payable by cash, debit, or credit card. Some offenses can also result in mandatory jail time. Additionally, you can be ordered to complete community service or educational programs at the discretion of the judge. If you wish to contest the charges you could receive a bench trial or if you request a jury trial, your case will be bound over to the appropriate court of jurisdiction.
FTA Court is a specialty court that will hear a case in FTA and/or warrant status. If you’ve missed your court date, you are in FTA and/or warrant status.
You are in jeopardy of having your bond forfeited and are at risk of re-arrest. You need to make contact in person with the Court immediately to register for FTA Court FAQ. If you have a bail bondsman, you should make contact with that company and the Court immediately.
You need to appear in court to clear your FTA. After the disposition of your case, you need to reinstate your license at the Department of Driver Services (DDS) via a 912 Form which will be issued by the Court at the final disposition of your case. For more information, visit the DDS website at www.dds.ga.gov.
If the court issued a warrant for your arrest based on your failure to appear, you are at risk of arrest until the warrant has been cleared by the Judge who issued the warrant. See FAQ “HOW DO I RESOLVE MY FAILURE TO APPEAR (FTA)?”
If you are the surety or the surety authorizes its use, any fines, fees, and court costs can be deducted from your cash bond amount. The remainder will be refunded to you or the surety that posted the bond. The Finance Department can assist you with processing your cash bond. Power of Attorney filed with the Court specifically allowing the fines to be paid without the surety’s appearance along with a copy of the surety’s photo identification.
If your case has been bound over to a higher court, the bond will be transferred with the case to the appropriate court of jurisdiction.
No. If any cash bail posted is not later claimed after two (2) years from the earlier of either the date of release or the date of the final disposition of the case, then the bond will be transferred and paid into the city or county having trial venue of the case. However, the refund is deemed forfeited if the surety has not claimed the refund within ninety (90) days after mailed notice of the refund’s availability to the surety’s last known address.