Frequently asked Questions
Q. I wish to just plead guilty and pay my fine. Will the court allow me to do this?
A. In certain cases (i.e. minor traffic offenses, etc.), the court will allow you to enter a plea before a Magistrate and pay your fines/costs. These cases are listed in the Schedule of Fines & Costs and should be paid prior to your court date (which is listed at the bottom of your citation). If your citation is not listed on the Schedule of Fines & Costs, then a court appearance is required. You may contact our office at (256) 341-4676 for further information regarding your citation.
Q. What forms of payment are accepted?
A. We accept cash, cashier/certified check, money order, or pay online at www.decaturalpayments.com. NO PERSONAL CHECKS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
Q. What address do I mail my payment to?
A. If using standard first class mail, you will simply address your ticket to:
Decatur Municipal Court
P.O. Box 488
Decatur, AL 35602
Q. If I wish to plead not guilty to the offense, what should I do?
A. If you wish to plead not guilty to the offense in which you have been charged, then you will be required to make a court appearance on the court date that is listed at the bottom of your citation and enter in your plea of not guilty before a Municipal Court Judge.
Q. If I wish to attend Defensive Driving School, what should I do?
A. A defendant will need to seek approval of Defensive Driving School from either a Magistrate or Municipal Court Judge. The defendant can come to the Magistrate’s Office prior to the court date to speak to a Magistrate regarding this matter or request Defensive Driving School from the Municipal Judge on the day of court. Please be advised that a defendant will only be allowed to attend driving school every two (2) years and that approval will be determined by the type of offense that is charged. In accordance with Federal Law, any defendant possessing a commercial drivers license will be prohibited from attending driving school.
Q. What should I do if I think there may be a warrant for my arrest?
A. All warrant inquires should be made to the Decatur Police Department at (256) 341-4604. Every warrant has a specific bond amount and bond type attached to it. The police department will be able to give you the specifics of the warrant.
Q. How do I get a court appointed attorney?
A. You can apply for a court appointed attorney prior to your court date by coming to the Magistrate’s Office and requesting the proper form. Once the form has been submitted to the court, it will be the responsibility of the defendant to contact the court in order to check the status of the application.
Q. If I live out of state and will not be able to come to court, what should I do?
A. If you are not a resident of the State of Alabama but have received a citation in the City of Decatur and wish to plead guilty, please check the Schedule of fines & costs to see if the offense charged is listed. If not, you may contact the Magistrate’s Office at (256) 341-4676 in order to speak to a Magistrate regarding a Plea of Guilty by mail.
Q. What happens if the payment amount sent to the court is incorrect?
A. If the payment amount sent to the court is incorrect then the payment will be returned to the defendant at the address provided on the defendant’s citation and the case will not be credited. Partial payments will not be accepted unless previously approved by the court.
Q. If I have an emergency and will not be able to attend my court date, what should I do?
A. If a defendant has had some type of emergency (car accident, medical emergency, etc.) the defendant or a family member of the defendant will need to contact the Magistrate’s Office at (256) 341-4676. Please be advised that a defendant may be requested to submit documentation before a case is continued.