The purpose of the Helena Municipal Court is to handle misdemeanor cases- traffic and non-traffic, and parking tickets.
Payment received by mail should be in the form of MONEY ORDER or a CASHIER'S CHECK. PAYMENT MUST BE IN OUR OFFICE BY 1:00 ON THE SCHEDULED COURT DATE.
- TRAFFIC TICKETS or NON-TRAFFIC CASES that are listed on the FINES SCHEDULE can be paid at the window by the person that received the citation.
If you are unclear about your court date or the amount of the fine, please call (205) 663-2161 Monday-Friday 8:00AM through 5:00PM.
IF THE CASE IS NOT PAID BEFORE YOUR COURT DATE OR YOU DO NOT APPEAR IN COURT, A WARRANT OF ARREST WILL BE ISSUED AND YOUR DRIVER LICENSE WILL BE SUSPENDED.
UNIFORM NON-TRAFFIC CITATION AND COMPLAINTS
A Uniform Non-Traffic Citation and Complaint has been issued against you. If you have been charged with one of these offenses and have not been convicted of on or more offenses during the preceding 12 months and would like to plead guilty and pay the fine, please mail or hand deliver your ticket (to be signed on the back- Plea of Guilty- Waiver of Rights, in front of a Magistrate) to the address below:
NOTE: Fine and costs are required when paying before going to court. All fines and court costs are to be paid to the City of Helena, Helena Alabama
Mail a money order or a cashier's check payable to the City of Helena. Please sign and mail the Plea of Guilty with your money order or cashier's check. Payment has to be received no later than 24 hours before the court date shown on the UNTCC. You do not have to wait until your court date to pay the UNTCC. However you should contact the magistrates office to see if you must appear in court.
would like a trial on your charge, you should speak with the Prosecutor during court on your court date. This trial will be in the Municipal Annex. The trial date will be set by the Prosecutor while you are in court. If you do not appear in court the date your trial is set, you may have to pay a substantially greater fine if found guilty of the offense charged or if guilty of failing to appear in court. Failure to appear could result in the suspension of your license and a warrant for your arrest issued.
Helena Municipal Court
816 Highway 52E
Helena, Al 35080
UNIFORM TRAFFIC CITATION AND COMPLAINTS
A traffic citation has been issued against you. If you have been convicted of more than two violations during the preceding 12 months, State Law requires you to appear in court. If you have not been convicted of two or more violations in the preceding 12 months and would like to plead guilty, pay the fine and court cost, but want to waive your right to appear in court, please mail the full amount to City of Helena 816 Highway 52 E Helena, Al 35080.
Fine and cost are required when paying before court.section 4 on the back of your ticket. All fines and court costs are to be paid to the City of Helena
CHARGES NOT LISTED BELOW REQUIRE A COURT APPEARANCE
Stopping on Highway (32-5A-136)(a)
Driving Wrong Side Road (32-5-77)
Failure to Dim Headlights (32-5-242)(C)(1)
Failure to Stop at RR Crossing (32-5A-150)
Unattended Motor Vehicle (32-5A-50)
Failure to Yield Right of Way (32-5A-110)
Failure to Maintain Single Lane of Traffic (32-5A-88)
One Way Street (32-5A-87)
Improper Backing (32-5-72)/ (32-5A-51)
Following Too Closely (32-5A-89)
Improper Brakes (32-5-212)
Improper Lights (32-5-240)
Improper Muffler (32-5-216)
Improper Signal (32-5A-133)
Improper Passing (32-5A-84)
Improper or No Rear View Mirror (32-5-214)
Improper Tires (32-5-210)
Improper Window Tinting (32-5C-2)
Improper Use of Clearly Indicated Divided Highway (32-5A-90)
No Passing Zone/ Improper Passing (32-5A-86)
Improper Turn (32-5A-133)
Improper (Expired) Tag (32-6-65)
Switched Tag (32-6-155)
No Helmet (Motorcycle rider) (32-5A-245)
Running Red Light (32-5A-31)
Running Stop Sign (32-5A-112)
Speeding (32-5A-171) LESS THAN 25 MPH over posted speed
Speeding (32-5A-171) 25 PMH or more over posted speed
Reasonable and Prudent Speed (32-5A-170)
Failure to Yield to Emergency Vehicle (32-5A-115)
No Red or Orange Flag or Red Light or Amber Strobe (32-5-211)
Failure to Use Child Restraint (32-5-222)
Spilling Load (32-5-76)(a)
Please call the Magistrate's Office at (205) 663-2161 ext 114 or 116 for additional information
ADC establishes the rate for copies.
Current rate is $5.00 for 1-20 pages, and $.50 for each additional page.
The rate for certification of copies is $5.00 extra, per page certified.
Copies of public records require filling out a REQUEST OF RECORDS form, which is located in our office. Once filled out, it will then have to be approved by the Chief of Police or Mayor and returned to our office. You will then be contacted with further instructions.
The Municipal Court of Helena exercises jurisdiction over all prosecutions for violations of traffic offenses, municipal ordinances, and state misdemeanors adopted by our Code of Ordinances.
Court personnel consists of a part-time judge and prosecutor, plus two full-time magistrates. Court is held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday each month, except for May, November and December (Contact court to find out specific dates for those months). Court begins promptly at 4:00PM and ends when the last case has been heard.
Certain charges (which are located on the back of all citations) may be paid in person to a court magistrate without appearing in court, if you would like to enter a plea of guilty. "In person" meaning the individual whom received the citation.