The City of Norman Court processes approximately 17,000 traffic offenses and 5,000 non-traffic offenses per year. In addition, approximately 17,000 parking violations are processed each year. The maximum penalty in Municipal Court is $750 and/or 60 days in jail.
Types of Violations
Traffic (Speeding, No Insurance, etc…)
Non-Traffic (Public Intox, Possession of Paraphernalia, Tresspassing, etc…)
I think I might have a warrant, how can I check?
The City of Norman provides a link to check for outstanding warrants issued since July 2000. City of Norman Warrant Check
If you have any questions, you can also contact the City of Norman Municipal Court at 405-366-5325.
What if I do have a warrant?
Call Rodney’s Bail Bonds at 405-205-0603, we will help you to clear the warrant and post a bond.
How do I find out my court date?
If you have bonded out of jail on City of Norman charges, and do not have a court date, you will be required to appear in person at the Municipal Court Clerk’s office within 5 business days. You will be given the next available arraignment date where you will appear before a judge. At that time you will have an opportunity to make a plea in your case.
The City of Norman does not offer an online system to check your court date. If you have forgotten your court date, you can contact the City of Norman Municipal Court at 405-366-5325.
Will I need an attorney?
If you want one. Every defendant charged with a violation of a city ordinance has a right to be represented by an attorney. If the defendant has an attorney, the attorney can be present during the proceedings and any subsequent proceedings in the case. An attorney can also assist in later getting the charges expunged, if appropriate in your case. Attorney List
What if I plead “Guilty”?
If you choose to plead guilty, the judge will impose punishment. Whatever fines, fees, or court costs are imposed must be taken care of at the front counter with one of the clerks and you will then be free to leave and the case will be over. If you need time to pay the fine, speak to the judge and request time, the judge will determine if and how much time will be given.
What if I plead “Not guilty”?
You may enter a plea of not guilty. If a not guilty plea is entered, an appearance bond will be set and a trial date given. You will then go to the counter in the lobby, post the bond with the clerk and be released to return on the trial date.
What if I plead “No Contest”?
If you enter a plea of no contest, the same procedure will be followed as with a plea of guilty. The only significant difference between a guilty plea and a no contest plea is that a no contest plea is not considered an admission of guilt if you are sued in a civil lawsuit arising from the facts of the city case. In other words, a no contest plea cannot be used against you at a civil trial. On the other hand a guilty plea is an admission on the part of the defendant and may be used against him in a civil lawsuit. For all other purposes a guilty plea and a no contest plea are recognized as the same.
Can I try to work out a deal with the City Attorney?
The City Attorney handling your case is available the week of your court date and the day of court. Before you decide to meet with them, here are some things you should be aware of: Prosecutor’s Role It is always a good idea to consult an attorney before discussing your case with the prosecutor.
Can I get a jury trial?
If the penalty for the violation seeks imposition of a fine of more than five hundred dollars (500.00), excluding court costs, or carries jail time, or both such fine and imprisonment, you have a right to a jury trial. You may waive that right and if you do, your case will be set on a non-jury docket which means a judge will decide instead of a jury.
Can I appeal the verdict?
Yes, if you are found guilty, you have a right to appeal and receive a new trial. In order to appeal, you must notify the city by completing a Notice of Appeal Form and post an appeal bond as set by the court. If you are planning to appeal, it is a good idea to discuss your case with an attorney. Upon request the Court will assist defendants who are not represented by an attorney in completing a Notice of Appeal Form and will inform defendants of the procedures for filing the appeal.
The case will then be set for a new trial before a Cleveland County District Judge. The judge will make a determination of the your innocence or guilt. If you are found guilty, the district judge will set the punishment. The amount of fines and costs may be more or may be less than what the Municipal Court imposed. If found guilty in the second trial, you have a right to appeal on the record to the Court of Criminal Appeals.
Can I get a court appointed attorney?
Upon request the Court will appoint an attorney to represent a defendant who is determined to be indigent. Affidavit of Indigency forms are on file in the Court Clerk’s office. The judge will make a determination as to whether or not you qualify for a court appointed attorney.
What if I am deaf or do not speak English?
If you are hearing impaired and request assistance, the Court will appoint a certified interpreter to interpret the proceedings. They will also interpret your testimony or statement and assist in preparation with counsel. Request forms are on file in the Court Clerk’s office.
If you do not speak English and request assistance, the Court will appoint a certified interpreter to interpret proceedings for you. They will also interpret your testimony or statement and assist in preparations with counsel. Keep in mind that fees charged to the court by the language interpreter are assessed to the defendant. Request forms are on file in the Court Clerk’s office.
For assistance with other Special Services not listed above, contact the Court at 405-366-5325.
What if I have additional questions about how bail bonds work?
We have answered more questions on our Bail Bonds FAQ page, check there first to see if your question is answered.