1. Do I have to go to court? No, you do not. The court date is automatically scheduled so you can appear before an Administrative Law Judge and tell your side of the story if you choose to do so. You can also pay the fine prior to the court date if you do not intend to go to court. See Question 13 – How do I pay the ticket?
2. Do I need an attorney to represent me in court? No, an attorney is not required. You can represent yourself, but if you aren’t a licensed attorney, the court proceeding may be limited.
3. What happens if I don't go to court? The Administrative Law Judge will find the motor carrier guilty and assess a fine. Typically the fine will be the same amount as the bond amount shown on the citation. If the bond amount has already been paid, the bond will convert to the fine and no further action on your behalf is necessary. If the bond hasn’t been paid, you must pay the fine amount immediately to prevent future delinquent notices, additional penalties, and/or detainment of company vehicles.
4. If I decide to go to court, do I have to contact somebody first? No, you do not. The court date is automatically scheduled so you can appear before an Administrative Law Judge and tell your side of the story if you choose to do so.
5. If I go to court and I lose, do I have to pay court costs? No, you will not. The Corporation Commission does not assess additional fees or costs in addition to the amount of any fine assessed by the Administrative Law Judge.
6. If I’m planning on contesting the ticket, but I can’t go to court on the date as shown on the ticket, can my hearing date be changed? Yes, it can, if you contact us prior to the hearing (preferably at least 7 working days in advance). Citation court dates are scheduled for the morning of the 3rd Wednesday of each month. You may request a continuance to the next citation court date. It is highly recommended that the request be made in writing (so you can have a record of the request), but you can also make the request by telephone. Be sure to keep a record of which staff member you spoke with and when the conversation occurred. Please contact the Enforcement Section. Contact information is located at the top of the citation.
7. Can I contest the citation some other way other than going to court? If you have additional information for consideration, you may submit that information in writing along with copies of any relevant documentation. The information should be submitted to the Transportation Division at least 10 working days prior to the scheduled court date. Please contact the Enforcement Section. Contact information is located at the top of the citation.
8. Can somebody other than the driver appear in court? Definitely. While a driver’s information is listed on the citation, as a general rule, the citation is actually issued to the operating motor carrier, not the driver. A representative from the motor carrier or an attorney may appear to represent the company.
9. Where is the court located? Citation court is held in Courtroom “B” of the 1st floor in the Jim Thorpe Office Building located at 2101 N. Lincoln Boulevard in Oklahoma City. View maps of Oklahoma City and of the Capitol Complex.
10. I just found this citation and the court date has already passed. Is it too late to contest the citation? Possibly. Every citation issued has a Commission order that addresses it. Commission orders become final (cannot be changed) thirty days after they’re signed. If the order is not yet final, you can file a “Motion to Reopen Cause” in accordance with Commission rules OAC 165:30-5 and seek a rehearing on the citation.
11. How can I tell if the ticket is already paid? On your copy of the citation, in the upper right hand corner, is your receipt.
12. How do I pay the ticket? If bond has not already been posted (see Question 11 - How do I tell if the ticket is already paid), mail a check or money order for the amount of the bond/fine to the Commission’s Cashier. Please reference the MCC number with your correspondence or enclose a copy of the citation. If you wish to pay with a third-party company check (such as Comchek, T-Chek, EFS, TCH, etc.), or with a credit card, please contact the Enforcement Section. For information about checking to see if a ticket has been paid, see Question 11. Please be aware that credit cards processed through VitalChek have an upcharge added.
13. Why did I receive this ticket? A violation that cites “47 O.S.” lists the state statute the officer believes was violated. You can find Oklahoma statutes online. A violation that cites OAC lists the rule the officer believes was violated. You can find Oklahoma rules online.
14. I fixed the problem that caused me to get this ticket. Can I get the ticket dismissed or get my money back? All citations issued by the Corporation Commission are automatically set for hearing before an Administrative Law Judge. Only the Administrative Law Judge can dismiss a citation or fine a motor carrier after notice and hearing.
15. Will this citation go on my driving record? No. Citations issued by the Corporation Commission’s enforcement officers are civil violations and are typically issued to the motor carrier, not the driver. These citations are not made a part of the driver’s MVR (motor vehicle record).
16. Will this citation show up on my company’s safety history? No. Citations issued by the Corporation Commission’s enforcement officers are civil violations and are not routinely submitted to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for safety analysis.