Judge Terre L. Vandervoort
FAIRFIELD COUNTY, OHIO
Fairfield County Juvenile/Probate Court, Lancaster, Ohio
Juvenile/Probate Court: Traffic Court
Traffic court is held every Wednesday morning at 8:30 a.m. All juveniles are required to appear with a parent, unless the juvenile is charged only with a non-moving offense such as no seatbelt. Non-moving violations may be paid at the clerk’s office prior to the court date in lieu of appearance.
During traffic court arraignments, you will appear before the Judge or Magistrate and enter either an admission or denial to the charge.
If you admit to the violation, the Judge or Magistrate will listen to what you have to say on the matter and then most likely render a sentence at that time. Sanctions may include all or any of the following: fine, costs, attend traffic school, write an essay and/or license suspension. In more serious cases, drug screens or probation may be ordered. Fine and costs are expected to be paid at that time.
If you deny the violation, the matter will be scheduled for a trial on another date and time. At the trial, you will be permitted to bring witnesses to testify on your behalf.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING YOUR LICENSE
Below is an explanation of penalties on second and third moving violations which are required by law :
SECOND OFFENSE: A mandatory 90 day license suspension.
THIRD OFFENSE: A mandatory 1 year license suspension.
• Your driver’s license will be taken immediately and sent in to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles where it will be destroyed.
• Driving privileges may be granted at the discretion of the Court. If a substantial hardship is shown, the Court may grant specific driving privileges during the time of the suspension for school and/or work.
If driving privileges are granted and all fines and costs are paid, a right-to-drive will be issued by the Court. Your current license must be surrendered to the Court prior to receiving the right-to drive. The fee for the driving permit is $20. Any later revisions of that permit will cost $5.
In addition to these mandatory penalties imposed by law, the Court may impose other penalties such as a fine, court costs, essays, traffic school, work program or other sanctions. All fines and costs must be paid prior to leaving court.
TO REINSTATE YOUR LICENSE AFTER SUSPENSION:
Suspensions of 90 days or more:
Two weeks prior to the end date of your suspension, call the Bureau of Motor Vehicles at 614-752-7700 or 614-752-7600 for information to reinstate your license.
Suspensions of 89 days or less:
If your license is suspended for less than 89 days and it is your first moving violation, you will need to take the following to your local Deputy Registrar to get a new license when your suspension time is complete:
• Social Security Card
• Birth Certificate
• Parent or Guardian (if you are under 18)
You will need to ask for a duplicate license. You do not have to re-test or pay a reinstatement fee. The only fee you will pay is the cost for the purchase of a duplicate license. The local deputy registrar is located at: Deputy Registrar, 980 Liberty Drive, Lancaster, OH 43130. Telephone: (740) 653-2478.
Please make sure your name is legible and at the top of your essay. All essays may be sent to the Court by:
Fairfield County Juvenile Court
224 East Main Street
Lancaster, OH 43130
FAX: (740) 687-0942
If you have additional questions, contact:
Traffic Clerk, 740-652-7468
Due to the volume of calls received, please allow 24 hours to respond to your message.