Traffic Violations

The date on your traffic citation is not a Court date to see a judge.  Rather it is the date you must enter a plea by.  You may address your traffic citation earlier than this date with the Court. 

You may want to investigate the following when considering your options:

Dismissible Traffic Violations

The Medford Municipal Court will dismiss the following violations upon proof of correction on or before the scheduled appearance date:

  • Defective Vehicle Equipment:  Brakes, Brake Lights, Fenders, Headlights, Horn, Mudguards, Muffler, Reflector, Taillights, Turn Signals.
  • Tinted Windows
  • Cracked Windshields
  • Fail to Notify DMV of address or name change
  • Fail to Change Address on Vehicle Registration
  • Fail to Renew Registration
  • Fail to Carry Registration Card
  • Improper Display of Registration Stickers
  • Fail to Pay Appropriate Registration Fee
  • Fail to Transfer Title/Registration
  • Fail to Carry Proof of Insurance (must provide proof of insurance for the date of violation)
  • Prohibited Vehicle Lighting (only first violation is dismissible)
  • Studded Tires
  • Operating Without Proper Exhaust System
  • Visible Emission Limits (must provide certificate from I&M)
  • Fail to Display License Plate (only first violation is dismissible)

Safety Belt Program

This program is available for all first time offenders of the following violations:

  • Not wearing a safety belt
  • Improperly wearing a safety belt
  • Failing to maintain safety belts in working order
  • Allowing a passenger under 16 to not wear a safety belt in a vehicle you are operating

To sign up for the Safety Belt Program call 541-774-2040 or come to the Court located at 411 W. 8th Street, Medford, OR 97501.  If you qualify and attend the Safety Belt Program, you will not be required to pay a fine to the court and the citation will not go on your driving record as a conviction. 

Traffic School Program

This program is designed to allow drivers the opportunity to recognize and review their driving habits, attitudes, and behaviors.  The purpose is to motivate drivers to heighten their driving awareness and establish safer driving techniques for the enhanced safety of the entire community.  If you qualify for this program, you may voluntarily enter into the program.  The requirements for the program are as follows:

  • You were cited for a single moving violation that does not involve an accident.  Sorry, Cell Phone/Mobile Device violations under ORS 811.507 do not qualify for this program.
  • You have no previous moving violation convictions or traffic crimes within the last three years.
  • You have not participated in a traffic school program within the last three years.
  • You have a valid non-commercial drivers license or permit.

If you qualify for the program and decide to participate you will be required to pay a program fee to the Court, which is equivalent to the presumptive fine listed on your citation.  You will be required to attend a Court approved traffic school.  These traffic schools charge tuition fees ranging from $40 to $50 which is an additional cost to you.  You are only required to attend one class and there are several options available to choose from including an online course.

If you are interested in this program please advise the Court Specialist when you appear on your citation or mail or click here to complete this form. 

What are my options?

You may appear:

  • In-person;
  • By mail; or
  • Pay online.

A no contest plea does result in a conviction and will appear on your driving record.

The clerk of the the Court is not able to take your letter of explanation into consideration when imposing a fine.  You must submit your plea and letter of explanation to the Judge. You can do this by:

  • Scheduling an arraignment to see the Judge in-person.  Call 541-774-2040 to schedule a date and time.
  • Mailing your no contest plea, written explanation, and payment of the fine.
  • E-mailing your no contest plea and written explanation.  Be sure to include your citation number, name, current mailing address, and phone number.

A no contest plea does result in a conviction and will appear on your driving record.

You have the right to enter a plea of not guilty.  You can either mail, email, or submit the plea in-person.  Upon entry of a not guilty plea the Court will schedule a trial date.  You should be aware that if you are found guilty at trial, you will not be offered the option of traffic school and the conviction will be entered on your driving record.