Forfeiture. The term “forfeiture” as used here includes statutorily-required surcharges and court costs. The forfeiture amount that is usually imposed for your violation is shown on the citation under the word “Deposit.”
How can I pay the forfeiture?
- Cash, personal check or money order
- Mastercharge or Visa in person or by telephone to the Court Clerk
Where can I pay the forfeiture?
- In court, when the court is in session.
- At the Court Clerk’s office (Room 2065), usually on Monday through Thursday between 8:00 and 4:00 and Friday between 8:00 and noon.
- In the drop box at the Court Clerk’s office; envelopes are provided.
- By mail to Watertown Municipal Court, 106 Jones Street, Room 2065, Watertown, WI 53094. Please do not mail cash.
When is the forfeiture due to be paid?
- Before the initial appearance (IA) date if you do not intend to appear or contest the citation.
- On the IA date if you appear and plead guilty or no contest.
- Upon being found guilty upon your own plea, or by default for not showing up on a court date, or upon trial.
What if I cannot afford to pay the forfeiture on the due date?
- On the due date you should appear in court and ask for more time to pay or request an installment payment plan. Such requests are usually granted.
- If you do not live in Watertown, you can mail a written request or call the Court Clerk. That request must clearly identify you, state your telephone number and address, and it must propose a new due date (not more than 60 days) or an installment plan. The court will mail you a written confirmation of any extended due date or payment plan.
What happens if I fail to pay the forfeiture as scheduled?
- Your driver’s license may be suspended for up to two years or until you pay; or,
- Other licenses may be revoked; or,
- A jail sentence may be ordered; or,
- A warrant may be issued for you to be arrested and brought before the court; or,
- A tax intercept of tax refunds may be imposed.