The Shawnee Municipal Court has recently put into place a policy for getting traffic tickets that are moving violations amended to a parking violation. Previously if you wanted your ticket amended, you had to see the prosecutor personally on your court date. We believe our new policy will provide better service to the residents of our community.
A Defendant who has been issued a citation for a moving violation MAY be eligible for an amendment to a parking violation for either double or triple the fine if they fall within the following parameters:
If you fall within these parameters, you may call the court for approval to amend the ticket. Whether to grant the amendment or not is entirely discretionary with the prosecutor. AN AMENDMENT IS A PRIVILEGE, NOT A RIGHT. Please keep this in mind as you deal with Court Staff. You must have the money to pay the fine in full at the time the amendment is granted. NO TIME TO PAY WILL BE GRANTED.
- There was no accident.
- The occurrence was not in a school zone.
- The occurrence was not in a construction zone.
- The Defendant has not had a prior amendment in the City of Shawnee within the past 12 months (not calendar year).
- The Defendant was not going over 85 miles per hour.
- The Defendant was going less than 23 miles per hour over the speed limit. (20 over and less, the fine is doubled, 21-22 over, the fine is tripled)
- The offense is a standard-fine offense. Speeding, failure to stop at a stop sign, failure to yield, and failure to signal are examples of standard fine offenses. If the ticket lists a fine amount on the front of the ticket, it is probably a standard fine offense. Any other offenses require a personal court appearance.
- The Defendant does not have too many tickets in his/her past. This is totally at the discretion of the Prosecutor.
- The violation was not Overtaking and Passing School Bus, Ordinance 2692, Section 81.
- The Defendant does not have a commercial driver's license.
If you are interested in having your ticket amended, you MUST contact the Shawnee Municipal Court prior to your court date. The court clerks will be able to determine if your ticket falls within the above guidelines to be amended. If you are able to have your ticket amended the court clerks will be able to assist you with the payment amount and procedure.