SEC. 63-9-29. Advance payment of fine or default on appearance bond as waiver of further proceedings.
(1) In all cases in the justice courts involving any violation of traffic or motor vehicle laws, where a person has been issued a traffic ticket and desires to waive a trial and not appear in court and defend the charge, the amount of the fine may, in the discretion of the court, be paid in advance to the clerk of the justice court. When the fine is so paid in advance, the person cited must be notified by language plainly printed on the traffic ticket of their right to a trial and the consequences of the voluntary advance payment of such fine. In such cases where formal charges have been made and the person charged has been notified to appear in court at a certain date and time, the clerk of the justice court is authorized to accept a cash appearance bond not to exceed the amount of the fine, conditioned upon the appearance of such person in court at such date and time. In the event of default, the cash bond may be forfeited in payment of any judgment in the case in an amount not to exceed the amount of the bond; and in such cases of forfeiture, it shall be final without necessity of judgment nisi and issuance of the writ of scire facias. In the event a person so cited pays a fine in advance after notice of their rights, this shall constitute a waiver of formal charge, arraignment and trial; and in such cases and in cases of default on appearance bond, such action shall be a plea of nolo contendere by such person and the court may, upon the advance payment of fine or the default on appearance bond, convict such person of the offense stated in the traffic ticket or formal charges without further appearance by such person, and such conviction shall be reported to the Commissioner of Public Safety as required by law. The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to charges under the Mississippi Implied Consent Law or to repeat offenders where a sentence of imprisonment is likely.
(2) For the purposes of this section, the term "fine" shall mean, in addition to the pecuniary punishment, all fees, costs, assessments and other such charges required by law to be imposed in such cases.
SOURCES: Laws, 1985, ch. 363, Sec. 1; 1990, ch. 403, Sec. 1, eff from and after July 1, 1990.