What If I Do Not Respond To A Citation?
If you do not answer a citation within 10 days, you can be arrested. This arrest is usually made by a local constable. When the constable appears with the arrest warrant, you can avoid arrest by 1) paying the amount of the fine plus an additional $7 and costs as security for your appearance at a hearing; or 2) pleading guilty and paying the fine and costs.

The constable will return the warrant and the security money to the magisterial district judge, who will then send out a notice of the date and time of the hearing to you and the police if a not-guilty plea has been made. If you do not pay the security money to the constable, you can be arrested and taken before the magisterial district judge.

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1. How much does it cost for a wedding at the MDJ office?
2. Can a Magisterial District Judge and/or staff provide legal assistance or guidance?
3. What are the requirements for bringing suit before a Magisterial District Judge?
4. Should I go to District Court or Common Pleas Court?
5. Who can represent me in a Magisterial District Court?
6. Can the Magisterial District Judge order my property be returned?
7. To which District Court should I go?
8. How should I start a law suit?
9. How is the other party notified?
10. Do I need to appear if the Defendant has not entered a defense?
11. Can I get a continuance of the trial?
12. What should I do before the trial?
13. What happens at the trial?
14. What happens after the decision?
15. How do I proceed if no appeal is filed?
16. How can I locate an attorney?
17. How do I fill out a civil complaint?
18. Where do you file?
19. What do you include in the claim?
20. Traffic and Non Traffic Citations
21. How Are Summary Offenses Enforced?
22. What Is A Citation?
23. What If Some Of The Information In The Citation Is Wrong?
24. What If I Do Not Respond To A Citation?
25. What If I Request A Hearing?
26. What If I Fail To Appear At The Hearing?
27. Can I Appeal?
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