Mailing and Physical Address
Bannock County Courthouse, Bonds and Fines
624 E. Center, Room 215
Pocatello, ID 83201
(208)236-7273 Fax (208)236-7293
Make checks payable to Bannock County
PAY ALL TICKETS AND PAYMENTS 24/7 through: http://courtpay.idaho.gov
INFRACTIONS – you may mail in your citation with the fine amount at the above address, pay on line at http://courtpay.idaho.gov, or come to Bonds and Fines, Room 215. To enter a not guilty plea and be set for a pretrial conference where you will have to appear and meet with the prosecuting attorney, come to Bonds & Fines or send in citation with denial box checked on the back of the citation. YOU DO NOT ATTEND TRAFFIC COURT.
NO INSURANCE TICKET – If you had insurance coverage at the time that you received the ticket, but did not have your ‘Certificate of Liability” in your car, you may bring the UoriginalU ‘Certificate of Liability’ to Bonds and Fines on or before your scheduled appearance date. We will NOT ACCEPT COPIES of ANY insurance information, but will accept a fax from your insurance company to (208)236-7293. Once you plead guilty or are found guilty, you may be subject to the Automatic License Suspension Law administered by the Department of Driver’s Services.
OTHER PAYMENT METHODS
- PAY ONLINE AT ANYTIME, INFRACTIONS AND PAYABLE MISDEMEANORS AT http://courtpay.idaho.gov or go to the Bannock County Website at www.bannockcounty.us and click on the link for online payments. There will be a convenience fee applied to your charge by the company handling your online payment.
- For 24 hour and seven days a week service, please call 1-888-462-1148 from any phone. You will need your credit/debit card and your ticket number. There will be an additional convenience fee applied to your charge by the company handling your payment.
- You may call (208)236-7271 or appear in person at Bonds and Fines and pay your fine with a Visa or MasterCard credit/debit card. There will be a technology fee applied to your charge.
PAYMENT BOX IN FRONT OF COURTHOUSE – There is a payment drop box located in front of the courthouse, 624 E. Center, Pocatello, Idaho. Sign the back of your ticket, attach your payment and place it in the box. We empty the drop box every business day.
Misdemeanor, Under the Age of 18
If you have a ‘misdemeanor’ charge and are under the age of 18, then you will be required to appear before the judge as scheduled on your citation.
Misdemeanor Charge, Adult
If you are charged with one of these ‘misdemeanor’ charges: I.C. 18-7905 – Stalking; I.C. 18- 918 – Domestic Assault or Battery; IC 18-4506–Custodial Interference; IC 18-1501- Injury to a Child & IC 18-6710 & 18-6711- Telephone Harassment; you must come to Traffic Court, Room 119, on or before your scheduled court date at 1:15 p.m. You may plead not guilty to misdemeanors unless listed above, at Bonds and Fines, Room 215, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. You can plead guilty and pay some misdemeanor charges without appearing before the judge. To see if your misdemeanor charge is payable, please call Bonds and Fines at 236-7273.
APPLICATION FOR PUBLIC DEFENDER – If you want to apply for a public defender, you must apply in person, to the Judicial Enforcement Office, Room 103. In order to apply, you must bring your most current pay stub, proof of social security income, proof of unemployment benefits, other documentation verifying your current income and other household income including spouse’s income.
COURTHOUSE SECURITY – Because of courthouse security, it is easiest to enter the courthouse with your pen, paperwork and money. Leave your purses, backpacks, bags, cell phones, pagers, Palm Pilots, etc. in the car.
Remember, all your actions must be completed on or before your scheduled court date. Failure to do so may cause a warrant for your arrest to be issued or your license suspended or turned over to a collection agency! It is your responsibility to provide the courts and the Department of Driver Services with your most current address. Any written information that may be sent to you will be sent to latest address on file. If you have any further questions, please call 236-7273 or 236-7356. Thank you.
Traffic Infraction Court Trials
You have been cited with an infraction and your case has been scheduled for a court trial. An infraction is a civil offense and is not a criminal matter. Because no jail penalty can be imposed, you are not entitled to a trial by jury.
Although you have the right to employ an attorney if you so choose, this information is designed to inform you of the procedures you will be expected to follow if you choose to represent yourself.
Parties Involved in Court Trials
All court trials are prosecuted by an attorney from the County or City Prosecutor’s office. Most court trials will involve yourself, the Prosecutor, the officer who wrote the citation, the judge, and the judge’s clerk. You must bring to court any witnesses you think have information relevant to your case.
All penalties (fines and costs) for infractions are set by the Idaho Supreme Court. The magistrate judge who will hear your case does not have the authority to increase, decrease, or suspend that penalty. Remember, a judge cannot change the amount of the penalty.
Alternatives and Consequences
If the court finds that you committed the offense you have been charged with, or if you enter an admission, or if you fail to appear in court at the time, date, and place set forth in your citation or any subsequent notice from the court, judgment will be entered against you for the amount of the penalty for that particular offense.
If you change your plea and intend to pay your citation, please notify the court, in writing, at least one (1) week prior to your court trial date. Thank you.
If you admit to the offense charged or the court enters judgment against you after the trial, you must pay the full penalty immediately. If you need time to pay, you must contact the Clerk of Court located in the courthouse and he or she can discuss a payment agreement with you.
If you fail to pay the judgment or fail to pay as required in your payment agreement with the Clerk of Court, a default judgment will be entered against you and the Idaho Department of Transportation will suspend your driver’s license for ninety (90) days, but your license will not be reinstated until the penalty and a reinstatement fee has been paid in full.
If you request and are scheduled for a court trial, you still have the right to change your mind and pay the penalty. You may have your case closed simply by mailing in the required amount or paying it at the courthouse before your scheduled trial date.
You have the right to contest the charges filed against you by asserting any defense which you believe is a legal defense.
The following are examples, however, of what is NOT considered to be a legal defense and thus does not constitute an excuse:
- The citing officer was rude or disrespectful.
- Others were driving faster than you were.
- You admit speeding, but not as fast as the officer alleged.
- Clerical or grammatical errors on the citation.
- You cannot pay the fine right now and need some time.
Again, these are NOT considered to be defenses against infraction citations.
As your case is called you should step forward and sit at the table labeled “Defendant” or some other place as instructed by the presiding judge. If you are not present in the courtroom at the time your case is called, default judgment will be entered against you.
All parties are encouraged to keep their testimony brief and to the point. Parties should not argue or interrupt. The judge cannot give legal advice to either party and will not tell you what questions you should ask or what testimony you should present.
The officer who wrote the citation will present the State’s evidence first. After he is finished, the judge will allow you to question the officer. Your questions must be limited to the facts of the case. You will not be allowed to argue with the officer. You will then present your evidence. At this point you may testify, if you so desire, or call witnesses in your own behalf. When you have completed your evidence, the judge may allow the officer to “rebut” your evidence by offering further testimony.
After hearing all the evidence the judge will generally make a decision immediately. The judge does have the right, however, to take the matter under advisement and later issue a written decision.
If the judge finds beyond a reasonable doubt that you committed the offense, you will be required to pay the fixed penalties. If the judge finds in your favor, the citation will be dismissed and your case will be closed.
If judgment is entered against you, you have the right to appeal that decision to the District Court. You have forty-two (42) days to file this appeal and you must comply with all requirements set forth by the Idaho Supreme Court rules in filing and completing your appeal.
Infraction court trials were designed to give people the opportunity to present to an impartial judge their defenses to infraction charges.
You should remember the following points:
- If you have a complaint about the way the citing officer treated you, the courtroom is not the place to lodge that complaint. You should contact that officer’s superiors for this purpose.
- The judges are not responsible for assessing “points” against your driving records, nor do they control the costs of insurance for any individual.
- If you have any questions, the court clerks may give out information about how the court system works but neither they, nor the judges, are authorized to offer legal advice. If you are uncertain about your rights, you should seek the advice of an attorney.
Your driver’s license and/or driving privileges are being suspended for up to three (3) years following a conviction for failure to have or show proof of insurance, in accordance with Idaho Code sections 49-1229, 49-1232, or 49-1428.
You may be reinstated at any time by providing proof of financial responsibility and paying a reinstatement fee.
Proof of Financial Responsibility
Section 49-1208 of the Idaho Code requires that before a driving privilege which has been suspended or revoked can be restored to you, you must furnish to the Idaho Transportation Department proof that you carry insurance or some other form of financial responsibility for a period of three (3) years from the beginning date of your suspension.
You may comply with the financial responsibility laws in any of the following ways:
- The most common method of compliance is to furnish an SR-22 Insurance Certificate. An SR-22 is a form that usually comes from your insurance company and is NOT the same form you are currently required to carry in your vehicle. If you do not own (or have) a specific vehicle to insure, you must comply by filing a non-owner SR-22. (If you wish this form of compliance, you should contact your insurance agent as soon as possible to make arrangements for the filing.)
- Furnish a Surety or Property Bond endorsed by two (2) real property owners.
- Deposit cash or securities in the amount of fifty thousand dollars ($50,000.00).
Section 49-328 of the Idaho Code requires that before a suspended or revoked license may be reinstated, you must pay a reinstatement fee. The Idaho Transportation Department charges a separate reinstatement fee on each suspension. If you have multiple suspensions or are not sure of the total amount you owe, please contact Driver Services.
Note: Failure to maintain continuous coverage could result in re-suspension if Driver Services receives notification from your insurance company that your policy has been cancelled. Coverage must be maintained for three (3) years.
Questions concerning reinstatement requirements, fees, and information on how to obtain a reinstatement application should be directed to the Driver Services Section, Idaho Transportation Department, 3311 West State Street, Boise, Idaho 83703; (208) 334-8736.
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