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The Mayor's Office, the City Clerk's Office, and the Municipal Court have three separate entrances off of Meigs Street. The entrances have the appropriate signage, and the center entrance belongs to the Municipal Court. Once you enter the middle entrance, the courtroom is immediately to your left. Map
*** If you have bonded through a bonding company, you MUST appear at your scheduled date and time. Failure to do so will result in a warrant for your arrest.***
1. In person at our office by cash, bank check, money order or credit card
2. By bank check or money order mailed to our office at 101 Lampkin Street, Starkville, MS 39759
3. Paying online with a credit card at https://www.municipalonlinepayments.com/starkvillems
If you do not have an attorney, you can contact one of the court clerks at 662-323-2525 ext 7 and state the reason for your request. However, the court seldom grants continuance requests. Court is considered a priority over other activities such as work and school, and you are expected to appear at your scheduled date and time. Failure to appear may result in a warrant for your arrest. Examples of valid continuance requests are “I have been admitted to the hospital” or “I am in jail”. Also, the court will expect evidence of your hospital or jail admission.
A. If an individual misses a court date for a traffic citation, the case is automatically continued for 2 weeks and our office mails a letter to the address on your driver’s license advising you of the missed court date. If you fail to appear for your second court date, 2 weeks after your initial court date, the court will issue a warrant for your arrest and suspend your driver’s license.
B. If you posted a bond through a bonding company for ANY type of charge and miss the court date that is listed on the bond, the court issues a Judgement NISI to the bonding company and immediately issues a warrant for your arrest. Further, if you miss ANY continued court date while you are on bond, an arrest warrant will be issued immediately.
C. If you received a citation for a misdemeanor such as possession of beer by a minor, simple possession of marijuana, etc and were not required to post a bond, you are expected to appear at the date and time listed on your summons. If you fail to appear, the court will notify the police officer to establish probable cause for an arrest warrant. Once that occurs, the police department will have an active warrant for your arrest.
B. If you did not have valid insurance at the time of the stop but have it now, you must show proof to the court on your scheduled court date. The proof must show either 1: valid insurance on the vehicle you were driving or 2: valid insurance under the name of the defendant on ANY vehicle. In this scenario, the court may consider suspending a portion of the $500.00 fine.
1. Driving School for those under the age of 21 when they received their citation2. Driving School for those 21 or over when they received their citation.
Those under the age of 21 must report to court at the date and time listed on the citation. Prior to the beginning of court, one of the court clerks will make an announcement for those interested in driving school to come forward. At that time, the clerk will explain the requirements. If approved, you will sign and swear to an affidavit stating that you meet the requirements. Also, if approved, you do not pay a court fine, but do pay a fee to the driving school you attend (normally $35-$45). Additionally, the citation will be removed from your driving history.
In order to attend the 21 and over driving school, you must appear at our office Monday through Friday from 8-5 and speak with one of the court clerks to determine your eligibility. You must also sign and swear to an affidavit stating that you meet the requirements. If approved, you must pay your fine, assessments, and a $10.00 state fee. Also, the driving school will charge an additional fee (normally $35-$45). After you attend and complete the school, the citation will be removed from your driving record.
*** Providing false information on a driving school application constitutes perjury which carries a maximum penalty of $10,000 and/or 10 years in prison. ***