The City of Yukon Municipal Court is the Judicial Branch of city government and is created by state law and city ordinance as a Court Not of Record. The Municipal Court serves the citizens of Yukon through the efficient processing of misdemeanor violations. All felonies and misdemeanors committed in the City of Yukon, but outside the parameters of the Yukon City Code, are prosecuted in Canadian County District Court.
The Municipal Court is dedicated to protecting the rights of all parties but shall assess a penalty which will deter the offender from similar conduct therefore acting in the best interest of the entire community. Each defendant, witness, attorney, complaining party, and officer is treated with equal respect. The maximum fine in Municipal Court is $750.00, unless otherwise determined by state law, and/or 60 days in jail. This does not include state mandated fees, court cost or possible
The Presiding Municipal Judge is appointed by City Council and is responsible for the determination of an alleged violation of a municipal ordinance in an impartial and unbiased manner.
The municipal court staff includes one Court Clerk, two Judicial Assistants II, and one Judicial Clerk. This division is responsible for recording of case dispositions, preparing writs, processes and other administrative support. This division gives receipts for all fines and fees payable to the court, deposits the funds with the Finance Department, prepares necessary fiscal reports as well as statistical reports.
A citation, also referred to as ticket, is a legal document charging an individual with a violation of a municipal ordinance. Once a citation is issued, the individual receiving it is required to take certain action.
An individual has the right to enter a plea of not guilty, nolo contendere, or guilty. A plea of not guilty means an individual does not believe they committed the violation in which they are accused. A plea of nolo contendere means not contesting the violation resulting in a finding of guilt. This plea is often referred to as a no contest plea. A plea of guilty means admitting guilt and paying the established fine, state required fees and court cost.
A plea of Guilty or No Contest, you may select:
- Pay Online~To process an online credit card payment, the address must match that of the credit card statement. Pay by Visa, MasterCard, or Discover by clicking here.
- Pay By Mail~Enclose a citation copy, make cashier's check or money order payable to the City of Yukon. Full payment must be received by 5:00pm on your assigned court date;
- Pay In Person~Payment of cash, cashier's check, money order, or credit card is accepted at the Court Clerk's office located at 532 West Main. Business hours are 8:30am to 5:00pm, Monday to Friday. The office is closed Saturday, Sunday and holidays;
- Appear in Court~Each citation is assigned a court date and time. If payment is not received by the assigned court date, an appearance before the Municipal Judge is required. Courthouse is located at 12 South 5th Street, Yukon; and
- Warrant~By failing to appear or pay, a warrant shall be issued assessing a $251.00 warrant fee, and driving privileges suspended. A warrant is issued the day following the missed court date.
- Security~Law Enforcement is stationed during all court proceedings;
- Dress~Business casual dress must be adhered to and the following items are not allowed. If any of the below are not followed, you may be asked to leave or be given covering attire:
- No exposed undergarments or revealing necklines;
- No take tops or halter style garments;
- No low rise jeans, pants, skirts, or shorts;
- No shorts, skirts or dresses shorter than 3" above the knees;
- No garments with offensive slogans, advertising, alcohol or drugs.
- Weapons~No item(s) that may be considered a weapon or used for malicious purposes. This includes a gun (with or without a permit), a knife regardless of its size, mace, a chain, baton, or any other tool or item that might be used as a weapon. Questionable items will be removed by law enforcement.
- Noise~No talking unless the court asks you a question or you are currently before the judge. Please speak clearly and in a normal speaking voice.
- Electronics~Cell phones and electronic devices must be on silent and are not permitted to be used in court except for the purpose of displaying or providing evidence.
- Hats~All hats must be removed upon entering the courtroom;
- Etiquette~All parties will treat each other in a professional and respectful manner. Inappropriate gestures or remarks will not be tolerated.
- Bench~When speaking to the court, do not lean on the courtroom bench;
- Children~Prior arrangements for childcare should be made for infants or small children.
- Tobacco~Use of tobacco, in any form whether true or synthetic, is forbidden. Any form of tobacco use on city property is prohibited.
- Contempt of Court~May be administered by the court in order to protect the rights of all parties and the interests of the public by assuring the administration of justice is not obstructed.
- Each party will be given the opportunity to present their case including but not limited to documents, photographs, videos or other discovery;
- All witness testimony must be given in open court after being sworn under oath by the Municipal Judge. A written witness statement is not admissible;
- Once all pertinent evidence is presented, the Municipal Judge will administer a judgment;
- If found not guilty, the judge may dismiss the case without cost; and
- If found guilty, a fine, state required fees and court cost can be assessed.
JUVENILE CRIMINAL INFORMATION
- If the violation recipient is a juvenile, meaning under the age of 18 at the time of the violation, a Parent or Guardian is required to appear;
- Criminal offense is heard during closed session and is not accessible to the public;
- A subsequent juvenile criminal offense is sent to the Gary E. Miller Canadian County Children's Justice Center for adjudication.
- A citizen is able to file a violation against another citizen by signing the complaint (citation) against the other party;
- Upon receipt, the Court Clerk's office will notify the complaining party of the $50.00 appearance bond. The Appearance Bond is due no later than three working days from receipt of the violation;
- Upon final case disposition, the Municipal Judge may refund the Appearance Bond back to the complaining party;
- If the Appearance Bond is not posted, the case will be dismissed.
- A Notice of Appeal may be filed by the defendant in Canadian County District Court, within ten (10) days from the date of the final judgment, and by filing a copy of the notice with the Yukon Court Clerk;
- A cash bond of two times the original judgment amount shall be deposited with the Yukon Court Clerk; and
- Once judgment is administered by Canadian County District Court, the Yukon Court Clerk shall administer the retained funds in compliance of the new judgment.
- An Entry of Appearance is required forty-eight (48) hours prior to arraignment;
- Specify if a trial or possible plea negotiate is the intent;
- Notice regarding a new court date and time is faxed within forty-eight (48) hours of receipt;
- Consult client and/or witness in advance as to proper courtroom decorum and dress;
- A possible Continuance is to be presented before the Municipal Judge in open court. No exceptions; and
- A Motion of Withdraw of Counsel is to be presented to the Court Clerk's office at least ten (10) days prior the clients court appearance.
- During the administration of a vicious animal case, the animal is held in quarantine until final judgment;
- A fee shall be assessed for the care and maintenance of the animal;
- Court will determine if the animal is euthanized; and
- To appeal a guilty judgment, see Appeal Information;
- If case is Appealed, the animal(s) shall be held at the Animal Shelter until final judgement.
POSSIBLE CITATION DISMISSAL
Particular violations may receive a dismissal with an administrative assessment. The following conditions apply to each particular violation. Certain time is allotted dependent upon the violation type.
The citation recipient is required to verify the Court Clerk's office receives the required proof for a possible dismissal as well as payment of the administrative assessment. This must be done prior to the scheduled court date. If a violation is not dismissed by the Court Clerk's office, a court appearance before the Municipal Judge is available:
- Defective Equipment~Provide proof of repair and the citation will be dismissed with $30.00 court cost and if done no later than one day before the assigned court date.
- Insurance~Provide valid insurance verification in force at the time of the stop and upon verification, the violation may be dismissed with a $60.00 administrative assessment and only if done no later than one day before the assigned court date. If insurance wasn't valid, you are encouraged to appear on your assigned court day otherwise your driver's license may be suspended;
- No Driver's License in Possession~Provide valid driver's license on or before the assigned court date and the citation may be dismissed with a $60.00 administrative assessment. If valid proof is not provided timely, the amount of $101.00 is due no later than the assigned court date;
- Expired Tag~Provide proof of current registration and if provided no later than one day before the assigned court date, the citation may be dismissed with a $60.00 administrative assessment. If valid proof is not provided timely, the amount of $131.00 is due no later than the assigned court date;
- Parking in a Handicap Zone without a Placard Displayed~Provide proof of your valid handicap placard on or before the scheduled court date and the citation may be dismissed with a $30.00 administrative assessment.
LOCATION AND INFORMATION
Court Clerk's office is located at 532 West Main. The office is the third building on the South side of Main Street between 5th and 6th Street;
The Courthouse is located at 12 South Fifth Street, located on the Northwest corner of Fifth Street and Elm;
- General court email: email@example.com;
- Fax number is 405.350.7584;
- Phone number is 405.354.4264;
- Business hours are 8:30am to 5:00pm, Monday to Friday. We are closed Saturday, Sunday and holidays.
- If I pay my citation before my assigned court date, do I still have to appear in court? No. If a citation is paid before your scheduled court date, your court appearance is not required.
- What if I'm unable to pay my citation by my court date? You may appear before the Municipal Judge or contact the Court Clerk's office for payment options.
- Will the violation go on my driving record? Under Oklahoma law, the court is required to transmit a violation within five (5) days of the final disposition date to the Department of Public Safety. For additional questions, contact DPS at 405.425.2059.
- What happens if I fail to appear at my arraignment? If the citation is not paid, a warrant is issued. See Notice for warrant information.
- Can someone else pay my citation? Yes. A citation copy is required to accurately process your payment.
- Can I obtain a copy of my driving record? Yes. A driving record is available at any tag agency.
- Can I obtain a copy of my history with the court? Yes. Your history is available with valid identification, a fee of $1.00 per page, and the completion of an Open Records Request.
- Can my driver's license be suspended if I'm driving without valid auto insurance? Yes. Under Oklahoma State Law, a driver is required to carry a valid insurance verification in their vehicle. If you did not have valid insurance at the time of the stop, you are encouraged to appear in court.
- If I have a warrant for my arrest, what are my options: You can either pay with cash, cashier's check, money order or credit card at the Court Clerk's office, or turn yourself into the custody of the Yukon Police Department. The Municipal Judge is contacted and will administer their judgement at the jail.
- Once my warrant is paid and closed, how do I reinstate my driver's license? When a warrant is paid and closed, the Court Clerk's office will process a release for the suspended driver's license. It is your responsibility to obtain a copy of said release from the Court Clerk's office. This release is needed by DPS to reinstate your driver's license.
- Requirements of DPS: Take the release to the Department of Public Safety (DPS), 3600 N. Martin Luther King, Oklahoma City. The phone number for Driver Compliance is 405.425.2059. The suspended driver's license is not reinstated until the requirements of Department of Public Safety are satisfied.
Under Oklahoma law, a dishonored check or other dishonored payment is considered nonpayment. If you fail to honor your promise to appear or otherwise fail to satisfy this charge on or before your arraignment date, the following may occur:
- An arrest warrant shall be issued;
- Your driver's license shall be suspended under the Non-Resident Violator Compact;
- A warrant fee of $251.00 shall be assessed;
- All outstanding warrants will be transferred to Perdue, Brandon, Fielder, Collins & Mott, LLP., Law Firm for collections including a 25% collection fee. The phone number for collections is 866.870.8565; and
- The Oklahoma Tax Commission will be notified and said amount may be filed against state income tax return in accordance with Oklahoma State Law.
The intent of this page it to provide pertinent information regarding the processes and structure of the Municipal Court. This page contains options available to those in receipt of a citation, aka "ticket."
The City of Yukon is not responsible for the interpretation of the enclosed information with regards to how it will effect an individual's criminal or driving record and is hereby released from any and all possible legal or civil litigation.
If you are reporting abuse, neglect, or exploitation and need additional assistance, please contact Candy Schwarz at 405-354-4264 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.