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      Marc Bennett

      Marc Bennett
      District Attorney

      p. 316.660-3600
      toll free. 800.432.6878

      535 N. Main
      Wichita, KS 67203

Traffic Division

The goal of District Attorney Marc Bennett and his assistants in the 18th Judicial District is to make sure you are in compliance with the existing traffic laws.

The Traffic Unit prosecutes violations of the Kansas Uniform Act regulating traffic, drivers’ license violations, and seat belt violations.

DUI Diversion  |  Traffic Diversion

There are 24,000 to 25,000 traffic cases handled each year by the Office of the District Attorney of the 18th Judicial District which covers Sedgwick County.  This does not include more than 70,000 traffic cases handled each year by the Municipal Courts in Sedgwick County.

The District Court Traffic Docket is each morning at 8:30 a.m. on the 5th floor of the Sedgwick County Courthouse. During each Traffic Docket between 80 and 120 cases are scheduled.  The date and time on your ticket are not unique to your case.  Several people are ordered to arrive at the Traffic Docket at 8:30 a.m.  You will likely have to wait for some time.  (The wait could be as long as two hours, depending on the number of people scheduled at the docket.)

Remember to make sure your citation is not from a Wichita Police Officer or other police department.  If it is, you are required to be in Wichita Municipal Court or other Municipal Court as stated on the ticket, not the Sedgwick County Courthouse.

WPD CitationIf you have this traffic complaint, you will need to contact the Wichita Municipal Court located at 455 N. Main (south of the County Courthouse), 316-268-4611.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KHP CitationSCSO CitationIf you have one of these two traffic complaints, (Sheriff or Kansas Highway Patrol) you will need to appear in court on the date written on your ticket.  If you have questions about your citation contact the District Court at 316-660-9150 and follow the prompts. The Sedgwick County Courthouse is located at northwest corner of Central and Main, 525 N. Main, Wichita KS.

 

 

Be prepared for your appearance at the Traffic Docket by bringing documentation on how you attempted to fix a problem or were successful in doing so (i.e. a receipt from a repaired tail light, proof of insurance at the time of the citation, or documentation of reinstatement of your driving privileges). 

The law enforcement officer who gave you the ticket will not be available at this Traffic Docket. That may come at a later hearing if there is one.     

As a rule, the District Attorney does not amend speeding tickets.  However, traffic diversion may be available. Please visit our Traffic Diversion section  to determine if you are eligible. You may be able to complete the diversion process without having to come to court.

Assistant District Attorneys are available at 3:00 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday to meet with members of the public who are trying to address their ticket prior to their court date, not after.  This is called the “Walk-In Docket,” and it occurs on the 5th floor of the Sedgwick County Courthouse in the hallway outside the traffic courtroom.  It’s intended to help those who are pro-active in their efforts to address minor infractions such as speeding tickets, tag violations or equipment violations.  It’s also a chance for you to demonstrate proof of insurance or valid driving privileges to resolve a case that would otherwise require a court appearance before the scheduled date. 

But if you missed your court date, you will need to come to Court during a normal morning Traffic Docket call at 8:30 a.m. Monday through Friday to have your case addressed.  Assistant District Attorneys will not be able to help you in the afternoon Walk-In Dockets.   

While the types of violations prosecuted in Traffic Court vary greatly between repeat DUI offenders on one extreme to first time mental errors like running to the store with your valid driver’s license back on the kitchen counter, the Office of the District Attorney is committed to professionalism, diligence, and fairness in all cases.

Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Diversion Program

Pursuant to K.S.A. 22-2906 et seq. the District Attorney has  established a diversion program for all traffic offenders charged with DUI (driving under the influence) pursuant to K.S.A. 8-1567 et seq. A copy of this diversion program guideline will be  furnished to each defendant upon his or her first appearance before the court.

Diversion is a privilege and not a right. There is no presumption in favor of diversion in any case, and  the burden of persuasion falls upon the defendant to establish that a diversion program will serve the  ends of justice and the interests of the community.

Eligibility

All defendants charged with DUI are eligible, except:

  1. Those previously convicted of DUI or DWI (driving while intoxicated), even if the conviction has been expunged

  2. Those previously diverted on a DUI or DWI charge

  3. Offenses where a personal injury or a death is involved

  4. Offenses where additional criminal (other than traffic) charges are filed

  5. Offenses where the defendant’s driver’s license has been revoked, suspended or restricted at the time of the offense

  6. Defendant has a commercial driver’s license or

  7. Defendant has a hold from another jurisdiction or law enforcement agency for separate legal actions.

Procedure

Applications are available here and in the diversion office. The completed application and a non-refundable $90.00 application fee in the form of a cashier’s check, money order, or attorney’s trust account check payable to "District Attorney" should be submitted to the diversion office within 30 days of the initial court appearance.  Applications filed after that time will not be considered.

The defendant will then be scheduled for a drug/alcohol evaluation. The defendant may be required to have an interview with the diversion coordinator. The defendant shall give such information as may be necessary for the diversion committee to determine his suitability for diversion, including information which would otherwise be privileged.

Considerations

The following factors shall be considered in determining whether diversion of the defendant is in the best  interest of justice and will be of benefit to the defendant and the community:

  • Level of blood or breath alcohol concentration
  • Surrounding circumstances of the offense
  • Whether the defendant, at the time of the offense, had liability insurance in force
  • Any special characteristics or circumstances of the defendant, including prior record
  • The probability that the defendant will cooperate and benefit from diversion
  • The appropriateness of diversion to meet the needs of the defendant and the community
  • Recommendations of law enforcement agency, diversion coordinator and/or assessment evaluator
  • Any mitigating or aggravating circumstances

DUI Diversion Forms

Traffic Diversion Program

Traffic diversion enables qualified adults to avoid a conviction while being held accountable for their violation of traffic laws through payment of costs, fines, and education programs if warranted. Upon the successful completion of the program, charges are dismissed.

Application for Traffic Diversion Program

CONTACT:  Office of the District Attorney Adult & Traffic Diversion Division - AdultTrafficDiversion@sedgwick.gov


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