Traffic Court

If you have received a traffic citation for Lee County District Court, the following information will be helpful:

If you fail to pay or otherwise dispose of your case prior to the court date and fail to appear on your court date, a warrant may be issued for your arrest, your driver’s license may be suspended by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, the fine may be increased, and any bond posted may be forfeited. The Court date on your copy of the ticket is a trial date.

OPTIONS FOR CERTAIN TRAFFIC OFFENSES

The following information pertains to certain traffic offenses and options that, if applicable, may allow you to resolve your cases without the need to appear in court:

  1. Tickets listed in the chart on the next page may be paid by entering a guilty plea without a required court appearance. To do this, please sign the Defendant’s plea of guilty on the back of your copy of the ticket and attach your more request, sign the Defendant’s plea of guilty on the back of your copy of the ticket and attach your money order or cashier’s check for the amount of fine and costs indicated and mail it to:

Lee County District Court
2311 Gateway Dr. RM #104
Opelika, AL 36801

NO PERSONAL CHECKS. Personal checks will be returned, which will delay the processing of your case/payment.

  1. Questions about costs or payment for these applicable tickets may also be made by contacting the Alabama Traffic Service Center at alacourt.gov or by calling toll free (866) 954-9399. Cases may be paid with a credit or debit card by calling (877) 252-7294.
  1. For the offenses listed in the chart on the next page, you may also do the following through our Online Traffic Resolution program:
    1. Request Defensive Driving School
    2. Plead guilty and request more time to pay the court costs
    3. Upload and submit proper documentation for proof of insurance/driver’s license/equipment violation tickets

To apply for Defensive Driving School or submit documents and required proof for certain violations, please apply at https://traffic.alacourt.gov as soon as possible.  This application is only a request to the Court and must be approved by the court.  Unless you receive an order granting your request for Defensive Driving School or approving the submitted documentation required for other offenses, you must appear in court on the date listed on your ticket.  

Please Note:  If you have been issued multiple traffic citations and any of them require a court appearance, you cannot request resolution through Online Traffic Resolution and must appear in court to resolve all of the tickets at one time.

PROCESSING OF NO-INSURANCE TICKETS

THE DEFENDANT IS NOT REQUIRED TO APPEAR IN COURT IF THE DEFENDANT DID HAVE LIABILITY INSURANCE COVERING THE VEHICLE DRIVEN AT THE TIME THE TICKET WAS WRITTEN AND IF THE DEFENDANT CONCLUDES THE MATTER BEFORE THE COURT DATE IN THE MANNER DESCRIBED BELOW:

For an out-of court disposition of these tickets, the Defendant may show proof of insurance in person or mail proof of insurance to the Clerk’s Office, or upload proper documentation via Online Traffic Resolution (https://traffic.alacourt.gov) that shows that insurance was valid on date of citation.  If the documentation is proper, the ticket may be dismissed prior to the assigned court date.  To mail documentation if you cannot provide proof in person or through Online Traffic Resolution, the Defendant may mail proof of insurance to: Mary B Roberson, Circuit Clerk, 2311 Gateway Dr. Room 104, Opelika, AL 36801. Payment should be made by cashier's check or money order. NO PERSONAL CHECKS ACCEPTED.

IF THE DEFENDANT DID NOT HAVE INSURANCE AND PURCHASED INSURANCE AFTER THE CITATION WAS ISSUED AND BEFORE THE COURT DATE, PROOF MAY BE SUBMITTED BY THE OPTIONS LISTED ABOVE, AND THE CASE MAY BE DISMISSED WITH CONDITIONS UPON PAYMENT OF COURT COSTS IN THE AMOUNT OF $263.00.  IF THE CASE IS NOT RESOLVED OR DOCUMENTATION IS NOT PROVIDED BY THE COURT DATE, THE DEFENDANT MUST APPEAR IN COURT.

Approved Defensive Driving Schools in Lee County 

You must have a non-CDL, current driver’s license to apply for Defensive Driving School.  You must not have attended Defensive Driving School for any other traffic offense in the past two years in order to be approved. If the judge grants your request to attend Defensive Driving School, the following schools have been approved to attend:

ONLINE: IN-PERSON

ETA ONLINE DRIVING COURSE

Call 1.334.749.3656 for support

E-mail eddie.ambrose@etadatadirect.com

Date: Classes offered the 1st Saturday of each month

Time: 8am-12pm 

Location: Opelika Municipal Court 300 MLK BLVD Opelika, AL 36801

Teacher: Brad Bass

Fee: $60 per session

For more information, call 334-319-6418. 

*** You must attend an approved school and print out your Certificate of Completion to send to the Clerk’s Office by mail, Online Traffic Resolution, or in person.

 

HELPFUL INFORMATION:

To avoid further court appearances, Defendant should bring to court all relevant documents at the first court appearance. For example, if the Defendant did not have insurance at the time the ticket was written, but has obtained insurance, proof of the new insurance may result in a lower fine. Also, if the Defendant had insurance coverage on another vehicle and the vehicle driven at the time of citation was newly purchased, the Defendant may bring proof of insurance on the other vehicle, proof of purchase of the newly purchased vehicle described in the ticket and a statement from the insurance provider that the newly purchased vehicle was covered at the time of citation, although the Defendant had not received the insurance card.

Tickets which may be paid without a court appearance.

Court Cost: $263

Charge Price Late Fee
Speeding $283 $365
Speeding (25 miles or over) $303 $385
Crossing the Median $293 $375
Driver's License Restriction $323 $405
Driving on the Wrong Side $293 $365
Expired Tag $283 $365
Fail to Dim/Railroad Crossing $273 $355
Failure to Yield $283 $365
Following to Close $283 $365
Improper Brakes/Signal $283 $365
Improper Lane Usage $293 $375
Improper Rearview Mirror $283 $365
Improper Tag $288 $370
Lights/Muffler/Signal $283 $365
Littering on Highway $363 $445
Move Over Law $288 $370
No Annual Inspection $288 $370
No Child Restraint $288 $370
No Drivers License $338 $420
No Helmet $273 $355
No Insurance $313 $395
No Medical Card $288 $370
No Seat Belt $46 -
Open Container $46 -
Overweight $363 $445
Running Red Light/Stop Sign $283 $365
Shifting Load $288 $370
Switched Tag $313 $395
Window Tint $283 $365