February 22, 2017
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gavelJustice Court handles traffic tickets in Jackson County that are written by the Jackson County Sheriff's Department, Oregon State Police, Oregon Department of Transportation Weighmaster, Jackson County Weighmaster, and some tickets written by police officers for cities within Jackson County. 

You have two main choices on what to do with your ticket. You can plead not guilty and have a trial. You can plead no contest. A no contest is like a guilty plea. With a no contest plea, you can give the judge an explanation of the circumstances, which will be taken into account in determining the amount of the fine. The state Legislature has set a minimum and a maximum fine for each type of violation. The judge cannot reduce the fine below the minimum. The bail amount on the ticket is the "presumptive fine", which is higher than the minimum fine and lower than the maximum fine.

Justice of the Peace Joseph Charter
Judge Joseph CharterJustice of the Peace Joseph M. Charter is an elected official and is serving his second six year term. He was first elected in 2004. He is a member of the Oregon State Bar, has a J. D. degree from the University of California at Berkeley (Boalt Hall), and a B.G. S. degree from the University of Michigan. He is a past president of the Oregon Justice of the Peace Association and a past president of the Jackson County Bar Association. He was a practicing attorney for 30 years and has lived in the Rogue Valley since 1990.
So Far This Year …

11/3/16  Motorcyclist killed after being hit on Old Stage Road
11/1/16  Phoenix man struck by vehicle dies of injuries
10/25/16  Man killed after being hit by car in Eagle Point
9/3/16  Rollover at exit 30 on I-5 kills driver, injures three small children
8/20/16 Crash kills Rogue River Woman
8/8/16 White City woman died in crash caused by man fleeing police
7/29/16 Klamath Falls man dies after Eagle Point motorcycle crash
7/14/16 Medford man killed in rollover crash
7/5/16 Highway 62 crash victim identified
6/17/2016 Two drivers die in single-vehicle crashes
5/31/2016 Grants Pass man dies in crash near Rogue River
5/30/2016 Man dies in Sunday motorcycle crash outside Rogue River
5/17/2016 Motorcyclist dies in crash near Jackson County Expo
Woman killed in motorcycle crash on Butte Falls Highway
4/25/2016 Woman faces assault charge in crash that hurts tot
4/22/2016 DUII suspected in car versus semi crash on Interstate 5
4/15/2016 Crash kills 6-year-old
4/12/2016 California man dies in I-5 rollover
4/7/2016 Man who killed passenger while driving on LSD sentenced
4/3/2016 Grants Pass woman dies following Interstate 5 crash
3/29/2016 Medford man killed in motorcycle crash
3/27/2016 Female pedestrian killed in crash on Corey Road
3/15/2016 OSP investigates meth use as cause for wrong-way I-5 crash
2/8/2016 Former congressman involved in Medford fatal crash
1/23/2016 Charges filed against Ashland man in fatal truck crash
1/20/2016 Missing woman found dead in car crash on Highway 66
1/13/2016 Two dead after SUV hits parked semitrailer on Upper Applegate Road
1/9/2016 Crash kills Ashland man, Grants Pass woman

Don’t Be a Headline – Drive Carefully