Effective January 1, 2010, a new law went into effect that requires those receiving traffic citations which may be paid instead in lieu of trial must request a trial in order to receive a trial date. Under the old law, failure to act upon a payable citation automatically resulted in issuance of a trial date. That procedure no longer exists. Failure to pay a ticket will result in an automatic finding of guilt. Those receiving violations must do one of the following when receiving a citation: (1) request a trial in writing following the procedures set forth on the rear of the ticket; (2) admit guilt by paying the fine; or (3) request waiver of the trial for purposes of determining guilt but requesting a hearing on sentencing. Drivers wishing to pay a traffic fine may do so by mail to the District Court Traffic Processing Center, P. O. Box 6676, Annapolis, Md., 21401; online by credit card at http://www.paymentchek.com/MD/MarylandCourt/; by phone with a credit card at 1-800-492-2656; or in person at any District Court location.
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