DATA, PAYMENT AND LICENSE INFORMATION
Electronic Citations are uploaded and are available for payment within 24-48 hours. Hand-written citations or citations written by an outside agency, such as the Louisiana State Police, Wildlife and Fisheries or the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office take additional time to enter and upload to the payment site. In this instance, you may call the office at (225) 647-7511 and speak the Records Department to ascertain the cost of your citation prior to the upload.
PAY A TICKET –
There are several ways to pay your citation or other violations prior to your court date:
- Click the “Pay Traffic or Other Violations On-Line” button to the right
- Pay by Automated toll-free Phone System at (866) 238-2116 from a touch tone phone
- (A flat fee of $2.50 service charge will be applied at checkout for on-line and phone payments)
- Pay in Person at the Gonzales Police Department
- Pay by mail
- Payments paid by mail MUST be received prior to your court date. Please allow time for us to process your payment.
- We DO NOT accept personal checks, nor do we recommend sending cash through the mail.
- Please make a full payment in the form of a Money Order to: Gonzales Police Department, Attn: Records, 415 E. Cornerview Road, Gonzales, LA 70737
FORMS OF PAYMENT –
- We accept all forms of payment except personal checks. If paying in person with a credit or debit card, matching photo identification will be required.
I AM NOT BEING ALLOWED TO PAY BY PHONE OR ONLINE –
- Some violations are court mandatory until after you appear before the judge and enter a plea of guilty. Most criminal matters require a court appearance, however, some traffic or parking violations may also require that you appear in court as well.
CONTEST A TICKET –
- To contest a citation or other charge, you must appear in person at the Ascension Parish Court located at 828 S. Irma Boulevard, Gonzales, Louisiana, and enter your plea of not guilty. At that time, you will be given a trial date. At your trial, the state will subpoena witnesses. You may also subpoena witnesses to testify on your behalf by submitting the names and addresses to the Ascension Parish Clerk of Court at least fifteen (15) days prior to your trial. The Clerk’s Office is located at the Ascension Parish Courthouse, or can be reached by phone at (225) 621-8400 (Option 7)
DOES GONZALES POLICE OFFER A DRIVING SCHOOL OR OTHER PROGRAMS –
- Only the District Attorney’s Office has the authority to offer any assistance for traffic or other charges. They may be contacted as follows:
- Traffic – (225) 473-6611 (Select the Donaldsonville option)
- Non-Traffic/Criminal – (225) 644-3333 (DAPP Program)
BENCH WARRANTS –
- Should you fail to appear for any court date, a Bench Warrant will be issued for your arrest, and a contempt of court fee will be assessed in addition to your original court obligations. You may also face suspension of your driver’s license.
- The court is the only entity that can recall a warrant for just cause. They may be reached at (225) 621-8504 for Misdemeanors and Traffic. All other courts may be reached at (225) 621-8500.
- In some instances, you may pay your Warrant and fine in full on-line. If you require a new court date, you must appear IN PERSON at the Gonzales City Police and see the Warrant’s Officer. At that time, you will be required to pay the Contempt of Court fee prior to being re-served with a new court date.
- If a Warrant has been active for over sixty (60) days, your driver’s license may be suspended. The Gonzales Police Department is not connected to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), therefore it is imperative that check with the DMV to see if your license is current. If your license is under suspension, an on-line receipt will not be accepted by the DMV. You may have to come to the Gonzales Police Department to get a printed receipt to take to the DMV for license reinstatement as we typically do not fax receipts to the DMV. Additional fees may be assessed by the DMV.