REGIONAL CENTER MUNICIPAL COURT INFORMATION
|Judge: Judge Richard Tyler|
|Clerk of Court: Robin Laubscher|
|Court Officer for the Ontario Police Dept: Chief of Police Philip Welch|
|IF YOU HAVE JUST RECEIVED A CITATION|
|We understand that you may be upset. Before you vent your frustration on the officers, remember that they are just doing the job for which they have been trained. We also understand that you probably have some questions about your rights and responsibilities in regards to your citation. The following information on this webpage is designed to answer some of the most commonly asked questions.|
|MUNICIPAL CITATION VS. STATE TRAFFIC CITATION|
|There are two different types of citations that can be issued by the police officer; a “Wisconsin Municipal Citation” and a “Wisconsin Uniform Traffic Citation.”
If you received a Wisconsin Municipal Ciation, what this means is that there are municipal ordinances that adopt non-criminal Wisconsin State Statutes; traffic being non-criminal. A municipal citation does not get sent into the state, so therefore you will not have points taken off of your driver’s license, nor will the citation be added to your driver’s record unless it is drug or alcohol related.
If you received a Wisconsin Uniform Traffic Citation, then this citation will be sent into the Department of Motor Vehicles, and it will go on your driver’s record. The court does not determine the number of points assessed against your record, the court merely reports the conviction to the Department of Motor Vehicles. If you have any questions about your status of points against your driver’s license, you will have to contact the Wisconsin Departmnet of Motor Vehicles to find out.
NOTE: CRIMINAL TRAFFIC AND CRIMINAL CASES WILL BE HANDLED AND PROCESSED THROUGH THE VERNON COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT. YOUR TICKET WILL STATE WHICH COURT WILL BE HANDLING YOUR CASE.
|DO I HAVE TO APPEAR IN COURT?|
|Look at the upper left portion of your citation. If “YES” is checked under “Mandatory Court Appearance” you must appear in court on the date and time indicated on your citation. Failure to appear can result in a warrant being issued for your arrest.
If “NO” is checked, you have several options you may wish to consider. If you do not wish to dispute the citation, you may mail in the amount which appears in the upper right hand corner of this citation, in form of a check or money order to Regional Municipal Center Court. On your court date, you will be found guilty and the deposit will be forfeited.
If you wish to plead not guilty, you may do so by mail without appearing for court. Mail plea to address listed above on this page. YOU MUST INCLUDE: The charge, ticket number, your current address and phone number, your signature, plea and date.
If you do not pay the fine/bond amount or fail to appear in court on your court date you will be found in default by the judge. With a default, your fine could be increased. If you fail to pay the forfeiture, a warrant could be filed against you and/or your driver’s license may be suspended.
|In lieu of an appearance in court you may pay the fine amount by mail, in person at the Union Center Village Hall, or put the payment in the after hours drop box at the village hall in Union Center.
When making a payment, you may pay the fines/bond amount by using a check or money order. The payment should be made payable to the Regional Municipal Center Court. Indicate your name and citation number on the check or money order.
|WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF I APPEAR IN COURT ON THE DAY OF MY CITATION?|
|The date on your citation is the date of your initial appearance. An initial appearance is your opportunity to enter a plea to the charge. You may plead guilty, no contest, or not guilty. The initial appearance is NOT the trial date.
If you plead guilty or no contest, the court will find you guilty and the matter will be resolved by the judge at the initial appearance. If you plead not guilty in court, your case will be scheduled for a pre-trial. A notice will be mailed or given to you with the date and time for your pre-trial, which is done via phone conference with the court attorney.
|I WISH TO PLEAD “NOT GUILTY”, HOW DO I DO THAT AND WHAT WILL HAPPEN IN COURT?|
|You may plead not guilty either by appearing in court on the date on your citation, or by entering a not guilty plea in writing by mail prior to the court date. Mail the written plea of not guilty to the courts address, and include the charge, ticket number, your current address and phone number, your signature plea and date. This must be received by the court prior to the court date listed on your citation. After your court date, the case will be scheduled for a pre-trial, and a pre-trial notice will be mailed to you.|
|IF YOU NEED AN INTERPRETER OR HAVE A DISABILITY|
|If an interpreter is needed or you have a disability or you have further questions, the Clerk of Courts can be contacted at 608-464-7667. Be sure to leave a message if no one is available and the clerk will call you back.
For interpreter needs, please contact the court 10 days before your scheduled hearing. Please have your citation number available.