The following information applies to traffic, and other "License related Offenses" (Title 40), and to Criminal, Alcohol, and Drug related offenses (OCGA Titles 3 & 16). Please understand that these are policies of our Chief Judge, and Court Clerks do not have the authority to waive, or modify them.
Roswell Municipal Court has a policy that those Drivers under the age of 25 who are driving on a family insurance policy MUST appear in Court in order to dispose of a citation.
This policy is in place because pleading guilty to a criminal, or traffic, violation can have a very detrimental impact on the family insurance coverage.
If you are under 25 you must comply with one of the following:
Provide a valid insurance card in the driver's name only, which card must also identify the vehicle being driven at the time the citation was issued; or
- Provide a NOTARIZED statement from your parent, or legal guardian stating that they are aware of the citation, and that they understand that the outcome may adversely affect their insurance coverage. A verifiable telephone number and mailing address must be included; or
- Bring your parent, or legal guardian, with you.
If the charge against you is a minor traffic violation you may be able to pay any fine without appearing in Court by meeting one of the above requirements.
Payment by mail, or by internet, is not available to drivers under 25. A personal appearance is mandatory.
Information for drivers under 21
Underage possession, or consumption, of alcohol and/or marijuana may be a license offense, and a conviction, or guilty plea, can result in a suspension of your driving privileges as well as branding you with a criminal record which will stay with you for the rest of your life. It does not matter that you were not driving.
Information for drivers under 18
The graduated system of licensing imposes significant sanctions against those persons under 18 up to, and including, suspension/revocation of your license. If you are under 18 you should consult with your attorney or the Department of Driver Services before doing anything with your case.
Information for drivers under 17
Roswell Municipal Court cannot handle your case. If you are under 17 your case has been sent to Juvenile Court, and you should contact the Juvenile Court of your County of residence as shown on your ticket.
Court employees are not allowed to provide you with advice on how to handle your case. They cannot tell you what a Judge, or Solicitor, will do with your case. They cannot fill out forms, waivers, or applications for you. They can tell you how Court operates, and what will take place when you come to Court. and can answer questions about procedures.
YOU SHOULD CONSULT WITH YOUR OWN ATTORNEY
because what happens in Court can affect your pocketbook, your driving privileges, and your freedom.