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La Junta Municipal Court

When an officer issues a summons, or "ticket," he or she will write a court date on the form. This is the day you are to appear in court unless you make arrangements with the court clerk in advance. 

Should you fail to appear, the following may apply to you:

Bench Warrant

If you fail to appear in court,  a bench warrant may be issued for your arrest. If you are arrested on this warrant you will have to post a bond and face further court proceedings.If you cannot post a bond, you may have to spend some time in jail.

Outstanding Judicial Warrant

In traffic cases, if you fail to appear, the court will enter a default conviction against you with the Department of Motor Vehicles. This means that you will be convicted of the traffic violation and the points will be added to your license.

In addition, the judge will add up to $45.00 in court costs and fees to the original cost of your summons and will suspend your license with the Department of Motor Vehicles. You will not be able to clear your license until you pay your bill in full with the court. You may also be responsible to pay other fees and costs at the Department of Motor Vehicles before your license is reinstated.Contact the Department of Motor Vehicles for more information on reinstatement.