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Some citations now payable online

Clerk’s office embraces option

POSTED: August 24, 2013 12:33 a.m.
 

The Forsyth County Clerk of Courts office has recently added a new feature on its Web site for online payment of certain traffic citations.

Clerk of Court Greg Allen said the measure, which is designed to save time and enhance efficiency, debuted in February.

“Paying online allows people to save time and gas, since it keeps them from having to visit us in person,” he said. 

Not all citations can be paid online, but those that can include: parking violations;  seatbelt tickets; expired tag; defective equipment; most minor traffic violations; most speeding infractions up to 23 mph above the posted speed limit; most fishing and boating offenses; and minor accident tickets once approved by the solicitor-general’s office.

According to Allen, online payment is not suitable for all scenarios.

“By paying the ticket, the citation holder is admitting their guilt to the offense and waiving their right to come to court,” Allen said. “If there is any question regarding their guilt or innocence or the effect of the ticket payment to their driving record, they need to speak with the solicitor-general’s office prior to payment, and seek the advice of an attorney concerning their rights.”

The payment feature has proven a popular option.  

“Phone payments and payments in person at our office have decreased, which was anticipated,” said Allen, adding that officials expect that trend to grow.

Tickets can be paid online after they’ve been received from the solicitor-general’s office, which generally occurs 10 to 12 days before the court date listed on the citation.  

 

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