Village of Caledonia 5043 Chester Lane, Racine, WI 53402

Court Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to appear in court?
If your citation says a court appearance is mandatory then you must appear.

If not, you should appear if you haven’t paid your ticket or made a written “not guilty” plea before your scheduled court date. You can make a written “not guilty” plea in person or by mail. Please make sure to give us the citation number or a copy of the citation and give us your current address and telephone number. If you do not appear, a default judgement will be entered against you and would have 60 days to pay your fine. If in doubt, appear in court. 

If I plead “not guilty” what happens?
You will receive a notice of a pretrial conference where you and the village prosecutor will meet to discuss your case. Bring any documents that might help to your pretrial conference. If your case is not resolved then it will be scheduled for a trial.

What happens if I don’t (or didn’t) show up on my court date? 
The court will enter a default judgement of Guilty by Default and you will be convicted as charged. You are given 60 days to pay your fine. If the fine is not paid in those 60 days, the Village may suspend your driver’s license for up to one year AND/OR issue a commitment for one day in custody in the Racine County Jail for every $50 that remains unpaid AND/OR refer your debt to the Wisconsin Department of Revenue for collection.

If you wish to reopen a citation after being found Guilty by Default you must complete a Motion to Reopen Form and return it to the Court Office. The judge is not required to approve your request and there is a $50 fee per citation to reopen a case. Requests made more than six months after the missed appearance will be approved only in extraordinary situations. You will be notified of your hearing once granted.

How do I pay a ticket?

There are several options:

IN PERSON: Payments by cash, check, money order or credit card may be made at the Village Hall. There is an “after hours” outdoor deposit box at the Village Hall. Payments left in the deposit box should be by check or money order payable to CALEDONIA MUNICIPAL COURT. Please put the citation number on your check or money order or enclose a copy of the citation. Items in the deposit box will be addressed the following business day.

BY MAIL: Mail your check or money order payable to CALEDONIA MUNICIPAL COURT to the Caledonia Municipal Court at 5043 Chester Ln, Racine, WI 53402. Please put the citation number on your check or money order or enclose a copy of the citation.

ONLINE: Credit card payments may be made online at https://www.govpaynow.com/gps/user/plc/3033  You’ll need your citation number. (Convenience charge applies)

What if I can’t afford to pay a ticket?
You are given 60 days to pay after your convictions date. If you need additional time to pay, you may contact the Court Office for additional time prior to the end of the 60 days. Extensions of payment deadlines and/or installment payment plans are frequently granted. To receive an Indigency Hearing, you must complete an Indigency Statement, a Request for Time to Pay and return it to the Court Office. You will be notified of your requested hearing date.

What happens if I don’t pay a citation by the deadline?
If you haven’t received additional time to pay your citation, the Village may suspend your driver’s license for up to one year AND/OR issue a commitment for one day in custody in the Racine County Jail for every $50 that remains unpaid AND/OR refer your debt to the Wisconsin Department of Revenue for collection.

What if I would like to request having the points or “fine” reduced?
Appear in court at your initial hearing. We cannot guarantee that your request will be granted but you are more than welcome to ask at your appearance.

My license is suspended and I would like to get it reinstated. What do I do next?
Your license will remain suspended until your citations are paid in full. If you have paid your citations in full, your license will remain suspended until you pay a reinstatement fee to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Contact he DOT or their website for information.

Additional questions? Contact the Court Office at 262-835-6467.

Staff cannot offer legal advice, make recommendations about your case or recommend an attorney.