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General Questions

How do I pay a traffic citation?
What if my license are suspended for failure to appear/pay through Justice Court?
What is considered a Criminal Case?

What is considered a Misdemeanor Criminal Case?
What happens if a plead of "Guilty" is entered?
What if a "Not Guilty" plea is entered?
What is the Sentencing phase?
Who files misdemeanors?
What is a Felony Ciminal Case?
What is a Civil Case?
How do I find out about a court date or request a hearing on a traffic citation or criminal charge?
How do I file a civil suit?
What methods of payment do you accept?
How do I enroll in adult driving school?
How do I get a payment plan for my fines?

How do I pay a traffic citation?

Contact the Court (601-824-2665) for the amount you owe. Mail in your money order or cashier’s check, along with a copy of your citation to P.O. Box 71 Brandon, MS 39043

What if my license are suspended for failure to appear/pay through Justice Court?

Contact the court (601-824-2665) for the proper amount you owe. Mail in your money mail in your money order or cashier’s check with a copy of your citation or driver license information to P.O. 71 Brandon, MS 39043.

Please include a self addressed stamped envelope so that the court may mail you the necessary documentation you must present to your licensing state for reinstatement of your driving privileges.

What is considered a Criminal Case?

Criminal cases are either a misdemeanor or a felony. A misdemeanor is a crime in which the maximum penalty does not exceed one year in the county jail. A felony conviction may result in imprisonment in the state penitentiary (Parchman). The crime must be prosecuted in the county in which the crime occurred.

What is considered a Misdemeanor Criminal Case?

Every Tuesday is a "plea" date where individuals charged with a misdemeanor appear and enter a plea of "guilty" or "not guilty."

What happens if a plead of "Guilty" is entered?

Before the court may accept a plea of guilty, the court must determine that a plea is voluntarily and intelligently made and that there is a factual basis for the plea.

When the defendant wishes to plead guilty to an offense charged, it is the duty of the court to address the defendant personally and to inquire and determine:

that the defendant is competent to understand the nature of the charge against him/her;

the defendant understands the nature and consequences of his/her plea, and the maximum and minimum penalties provided by law;

that the defendant understands that by pleading guilty he/she waives his/her constitutional right of a trial by jury, the right to confront and cross-examine adverse witnesses, and the right against self-incrimination; and

if the defendant is not represented by an attorney, that he/she is aware of his/her right to an attorney at every stage of the proceedings and that one will be appointed to represent him/her if he/she is indigent.

What if a "Not Guilty" plea is entered?

Every Tuesday is a "plea" date where individuals charged with a misdemeanor appear and enter a plea of "guilty" or "not guilty."

What is the Sentencing phase?

If a defendant is found "guilty" after a trial or if a plea of "guilty" is entered, the Judge determines the penalty which, depending on the crime, may include any or all of the following:

fine;
a jail sentence of up to one year;
house arrest;
probation (supervised or unsupervised);
community service;
victim's impact seminar;
vehicle immobilization;
Mississippi Alcohol Safety Education Program (MASEP);
drug and alcohol assessment and any recommended treatment;
psychological assessment and any recommended treatment;
domestic violence counseling;
anger management counseling;
no contact with the victim;
restitution.

Who files misdemeanors?

The criminal cases consist of all misdemeanor cases which occur within Rankin County and are filed in Justice Court by:

Rankin County Sheriff's Department;
Rankin County Constables;
Mississippi Highway Patrol;
Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics;
Mississippi Attorney General's Office;
Mississippi Forestry Commission;
Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks;
Mississippi Department of Corrections;
Mississippi Department of Transportation;
Mississippi Department of Alcohol and Beverage Control;
Mississippi Department of Health;
Mississippi Real Estate Commission;
Pearl River Valley Water Supply District;
Mississippi State Hospital (Whitfield) Police;
Jackson Airport Police; and
private citizens.

What is a Felony Ciminal Case?

The Judges issue felony arrest warrants and search warrants upon a showing of probable cause. The Judges also have the authority to conduct felony initial appearances and felony preliminary hearings although they are usually conducted in County Court. Felony trials are conducted in Circuit Court.

If you wish to file felony charges against someone, contact the local police department if the alleged crime occurred in the city limits, otherwise contact the Rankin County Sheriff's Department at 601-825-1480.

What is a Civil Case?

Civil cases handled are matters in which the amount sued for does not exceed $2,500. Examples of typical civil cases are debt collection matters, torts, evictions, and replevins.

How do I find out about a court date or request a hearing on a traffic citation or criminal charge?

Contact 601-824-2665. Please make sure the court has your correct address.

How do I file a civil suit?

Contact 601-824-2665 for information or you can come into the court and pick up The necessary pleadings to complete and return with your filing fee.

What are the filing fees for civil cases? $64.00 for a one party suit, $74.00 for a two party suit and $40 for a garnishment.

What methods of payment do you accept?

We accept Cashier's check or money orders.

How do I enroll in adult driving school?

You will need to fill out an affidavit Stating you haven’t received a ticket within the past 3 years. You will pay the Ticket plus and additional $10.00 to the Court then you will be given a card to Call to set your class date (there will be a $40 fee to pay at the driving school).

How do I get a payment plan for my fines?

You must appear before a Judge on the Court date given at the bottom of the ticket.

 
 
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