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The judge will review the proof of insurance on your court date. You do not have to appear in court; however, if the proof is not accepted by the judge, you will be notified of a new court date.
If the vehicle you were driving was not insured, you must appear in court on your court date.
If the vehicle you were driving is covered by a "fleet policy", you must appear in court and present the insurance card to the judge and to testify that the vehicle is covered by the policy referenced on the card.
See O.C.G.A. 40-5-57 for complete code.
Once you satisfy the sanctions imposed by the Court, you will be given the “Defendant’s Receipt” (pink receipt) of the suspension notice. If you are licensed by the State of Georgia, you must present this copy to the Georgia Department of Motor Vehicle Safety. You can do this by taking this receipt to your local Driver's License Office. If you are licensed by another state, contact the licensing authority of that state. As a result of this suspension, the Georgia Department of Motor Vehicle Safety requires that you pay a reinstatement fee before your driving privileges will be reinstated. The Court will notify the Georgia Department of Motor Vehicle Safety that you have satisfied all sanctions imposed. However, the reinstatement process will move faster if take your “Defendant’s Receipt” to the Department of Motor Vehicle Safety or local Driver's License Office. If you are licensed by another state, contact the licensing authority of that state. If you have any questions regarding your driving privileges you should contact:Savannah Office1117 Eisenhower Dr.Savannah, GA 31405(912) 691-7400 Main Office2206 East View ParkwayConyers, GA 30013-5755(404) 624-7576
Depending on the agency issuing the citation, the following information may appear on the back of the citation issued to you.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CALLTHE RECORDER’S COURT OF CHATHAM COUNTY(912) 652-7424
IMPORTANTIf you intend to enter a plea of “not guilty” to the charge(s) against you, contact the Clerk’s Office at the number listed above. You will be assigned a bench trial date different from the date indicated on the front of this citation.
If you wish to waive your right to a hearing and enter a plea of “guilty”, you may pay your fine, in full, by appearing at or mailing your payment to the address below. Be sure to include your citation with your payment. Call the Clerk’s Office or visit the court’s website (www.chathamcourts.org) to determine the amount of the fine.The Recorder's Court of Chatham CountyAttention: Cashier133 Montgomery StreetSavannah, GA 31401
You may pay your fine between the hours of 8:30 A.M. and 4:00 P.M., Monday-Friday.
If you wish to appear in court to enter a plea of “guilty” or “no contest” to the charge(s) against you, appear in court on the date and time shown on the front of the citation. If you enter a plea of “not guilty” at this hearing, your case will be assigned to a trial calendar and you will be asked to return to court on the trial date.
If you were involved in an accident, you must pay your fine one week prior to the hearing date shown on the front of this citation.
PURSUANT TO GEORGIA CODE 17-6-11, IF YOU HAVE BEEN ISSUED A COURT SUMMONS AND FAIL TO APPEAR TO ANSWER TO THE CHARGE, A WARRANT WILL BE ISSUED FOR YOUR ARREST AND/OR YOUR DRIVER’S LICENSE SHALL BE SUSPENDED BY THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY.THE FOLLOWING OFFENSES REQUIRE A MANDATORY COURT APPEARANCE
1. No Insurance (if unable to provide proof prior to court date).2. Driving under the influence of alcohol/ drugs.3. Driving on a suspended or revoked license.4. Failure to report an accident.5. Hit and run or leaving the scene of an accident.6. Using vehicle in fleeing or attempting to elude an officer.7. Racing.8. Reckless driving, aggressive driving or laying drag.9. Fraudulent or fictitious use of driver’s license or fraudulently obtaining a driver’s license.10. Homicide or feticide by vehicle.11. Homicide or serious injury by interfering with a traffic control device or railroad sign/signal.12. Serious injury by vehicle.13. Any felony in which a vehicle is used.
I, THE UNDERSIGNED, DO HEREBY ENTER MY WRITTEN, RATHER THAN PERSONAL APPEARANCE IN THE COURT CASE RESULTING FROM THE VIOLATION CHARGED ON THE REVERSE SIDE OF THE CITATION. I UNDERSTAND THAT BY PAYING MY FINE AND NOT PERSONALLY APPEARING BEFORE THE COURT I WAIVE ANY RIGHT THAT I MIGHT HAVE HAD TO A TRIAL BY JUDGE OR JURY AND TO BE REPRESENTED BY COUNSEL. I FURTHER UNDERSTAND THAT BY PAYING THE FINE, I HAVE PLEADED GUILTY TO THE OFFENSE AS CHARGED.
SIGNATURE OF ACCUSED ________________________________________________
CITATION NUMBER DATE OF VIOLATION TRIAL DATE DRIVER'S LICENSE NUMBER COURT CODE NUMBER OR NAME
TO OBTAIN THIS INFORMATION, YOU SHOULD CALL THE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY. (678) 413-8400