Municipal Court

Honorable Markus Boenig – Municipal Court Judge
Wendy L. Bond, Municipal Court Clerk

 

Citations

After a traffic citation or city ordinance violation is issued, unless a court appearance is required, you may call to find out the cost of the citation at 706-742-8600. Monday – Friday 9 am – 5 pm (Closed 12-1 pm).

Paying Citations When Court Appearance is Not Required

If a court appearance is not required, you have three options for paying the citation:

  1. Payment by personal check, money order, or cashier's check can be mailed to:
    City of WintervillePO Box 306Winterville, GA 30683

  2. You can pay in person with cash, money order, cashier’s check, debit, or credit card.
    City of Winterville125 North Church StreetWinterville, GA 30683

  3. May be paid over the phone via debit or credit card during regular business hours. Online payments are not available at this time. (There is a convenience fee percentage added to the cost of the citation.)


Paying Citations When Court Appearance is Required

If a court appearance is required, the citation is added to the court calendar for the appropriate arraignment date.

 

What should I to expect at court?

At your scheduled court date (also known as the “Arraignment”), you will be required to enter a plea of Guilty, Not Guilty, or Nolo Contendre.
 

Guilty Plea

You will be waiving any rights to:

  1. A trial by judge or jury

  2. A presumption of innocence

  3. Confront witnesses

  4. Testify and offer more evidence

  5. A right to counsel

  6. The right against self-discrimination
     

If the judge accepts the guilty plea, you will be sentenced and the case will be disposed of.

 

Not Guilty Plea

You will be asked to choose either a Bench Trial (which will be held here at the Municipal Court by our Judge) or a Trial by Jury (which will be transferred to the State Court and the trial will be scheduled for a later date). You have the right to request a pre-trial conference to discuss charges against you.

If you are placed on PROBATION, you will meet with a Probation Officer before you are excused from court.

 

Important Information

Failure to appear on your scheduled court date will result in either a Bench Warrant being issued or a suspension of your license or both. The disposition of your case will be transmitted to the appropriate agency, i.e., Department of Driver Services. If for good cause you cannot appear for your scheduled court date, a one-time continuance can be granted. Please call PRIOR to your court date to discuss.

Court Appearance

Please dress appropriately for your court appearance, no hats, no tank tops or midriff shirts.

Please silence your cell phone prior to entering court.

NO CELL PHONES, FOOD, OR DRINKS ARE ALLOWED IN THE COURTROOM.

 

Additional Questions?

Contact the Winterville Municipal Court
706-742-8600