Bluffton City Court

judgebate

Judge Robert J. Bate
court@ci.bluffton.in.us

Bluffton City Court
204 East Market Street
Bluffton, IN 46714
(260) 824-3392

Court is held on Wednesdays from 1:00 – 5:00 pm.  Trials will be held on the third Thursday of every month.

FULL PAYMENTS: CASH and MONEY ORDER ONLY.  DO NOT SEND CASH THROUGH THE  MAIL.  Payments are accepted Monday – Friday 8am – 4:30pm.

Personal checks will be returned and your case treated as though you DID NOT APPEAR.

FAILURE TO APPEAR OR PAY JUDGMENT BY THE APPEARANCE DATE WILL RESULT IN AN ORDER FOR SUSPENSION OF YOUR DRIVING PRIVILEGES AND AN ADDITIONAL FINE.

Before you admit to a violation be informed that:
1. Your admission will have the same effect as a judgment of the Court.
2. A record of the judgment will be sent to the commissioner of motor vehicles of Indiana or the state that issued your license to drive.

You are entitled to a trial. If you dispute this ticket you must either appear on the scheduled date or contact the Court prior to that date. (This will not be the date of your trial. You will receive further information.)

Court costs of $118.50 are included in the amount and must be paid. Costs are established by the legislature. If the offense with which you are charged is not listed, you may contact the Court Clerk.

If you admit the violation and wish to avoid appearing in Court:

  1. Find the violation with which you are charged below.
  2. READ THE BACK of the SUMMONS.
  3. Sign the back of the ticket, and MAIL it with a MONEY ORDER or CASHIER’S CHECK, made out to “BLUFFTON CITY COURT” for the amount indicated.
  4. If payment is not received by the court as scheduled, a late fee of $50.00, will be imposed in addition to other monies due.
  5. MINORS (UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE) MUST APPEAR WITH A PARENT OR GUARDIAN.

MILES OVER THE SPEED LIMIT:

1 Over – Total $125.00
2 Over – Total $126.00
3 Over – Total $127.00
4 Over – Total $128.00
5 Over – Total $129.00
6 Over – Total $130.00
7 Over – Total $131.00
8 Over – Total $132.00
9 Over – Total $133.00
10 Over – Total $134.00
11 Over – Total $135.00
12 Over – Total $136.00
13 Over – Total $137.00
14 Over – Total $138.00
15 Over – Total $147.00
16 Over – Total $152.00
17 Over – Total $157.00
18 Over – Total $162.00
19 Over – Total $167.00
20 Over – Total $172.00
21 OR MORE OVER MUST APPEAR.

*NOTE: IF SPEEDING IN A WORK SITE OR CONSTRUCTION ZONE ADD $25.00 TO THE ABOVE AMOUNT.  ALSO, ADD $300, FOR 1ST OFFENSE, $500, FOR 2ND OFFENSE AND $1000 FOR 3RD OFFENSE.

CHILD RESTRAINT VIOLATION – $25.00
DISREGARD STOP/YIELD SIGN – $134.00
DISREGARD AUTO SIGNAL – $139.00
DRIVING LEFT OF CENTER – $139.00
DRIVING WHILE SUSPENDED – APPEAR
EQUIPMENT VIOLATION (PASSENGER VEHICLE) – $129.00
EXPIRED REGISTRATION PLATES – $129.00
FAIL TO DIM/USE HEADLIGHTS – $139.00
FAIL TO SIGNAL – $129.00
FAIL TO STOP FOR SCHOOL BUS – APPEAR
FALSE OR FICTITIOUS REGISTRATION – $129.00
F.M.C.S.R. – CONTACT COURT
FOLLOWING TOO CLOSELY – $139.00
HANDICAPPED PARKING VIOLATION – $100.00
LEARNER’S PERMIT VIOLATION – APPEAR
LICENSE VIOLATION – $129.00
MOPED VIOLATIONS – APPEAR
MOTORCYCLE VIOLATIONS – $129.00
NO FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY (INSURANCE) – APPEAR
PASSING VIOLATIONS – $139.00
PROBATIONARY LICENSE VIOLATION – APPEAR
SEAT BELT VIOLATION – $25.00
UNREASONABLE SPEED – APPEAR
UNSAFE LANE MOVEMENT – $139.00
UNSAFE START – $149.00
WRONG WAY ON ONE WAY STREET – $129.00

ORDINANCE VIOLATIONS:
EXHIBITION DRIVING – $148.00
NOISE: FIRST VIOLATION – $175.00
INCREASES $25.00 EACH ADDITIONAL VIOLATION
STORAGE OF JUNK – $148.00
ABANDONED VEHICLE – $148.00
WEEDS/GRASS/VEGETATION – $130.00
MAY INCREASE $10 TO $100 DAILY
CURFEW* – APPEAR
MINOR WITH TOBACCO*
*ACCOMPANIED BY PARENT OR GUARDIAN