Louisiana Revised Statutes Tit. 30, § 2531.6. Citations;  unlawful acts;  records;  failure to pay or appear;  procedures

A. (1) Whenever any person has allegedly violated any provision of R.S. 30:2531 through 2531.3, a law enforcement officer shall take the person's name, address, and driver's license number, and if the violation occurs from a motor vehicle, the license number of the motor vehicle, and shall issue a citation or summons or otherwise notify him in writing that he must appear in court at a time and place to be specified in such citation or summons.

(2) If applicable, the citation or summons shall indicate that the alleged violator may admit liability and, in lieu of appearing in court, make the payment of the applicable fines, penalties, and costs to the appropriate court by mail or credit card.  The law enforcement officer shall provide, in writing, the date by which the payment must be received and the name and phone number of the court having jurisdiction over the alleged offense.  The citation or summons shall instruct the alleged violator to contact the court to obtain the amounts of the applicable fines, penalties, and costs and advise him that if he has violated R.S. 30:2531 he must pay special court costs of one hundred dollars, but for violations of R.S. 30:2531(B) he has the option to perform community service in a court-approved litter abatement work program in lieu of paying a fine.

B. Each law enforcement officer upon issuing a citation or summons to an alleged violator of any provision of R.S. 30:2531 through 2531.3 shall deposit the original citation or summons or a copy of same with a court having jurisdiction over the alleged offense.

C. Upon the deposit of the original citation or summons or a copy of same with a court having jurisdiction over the alleged offense, the original citation or summons or a copy of same shall be disposed of only by trial in a court of proper jurisdiction or any other official action by a judge of the court, including payment of the appropriate fines, penalties, and costs to that court by the person to whom such citation or summons has been issued.

D. It shall be unlawful for any law enforcement officer or any other officer or public employee to dispose of a litter citation or summons or copies thereof or of the record of the issuance of the citation or summons in a manner other than as required herein.

E. The chief administrative officer of each law enforcement agency in the state shall require all officers under his supervision to return to him a copy of every litter citation or summons which was issued by the officer for the violation of a litter law or ordinance, and in addition shall require the return of all copies of every litter citation or summons which has been spoiled or upon which an entry has been made without having issued the citation or summons to the alleged offender.

F. The chief administrative officer shall also maintain or cause to be maintained in connection with every litter citation or summons issued by an officer under his supervision a record of the disposition of the charge by the court in which the original or a copy of the litter citation or summons was deposited.

G. Nothing herein shall be construed as prohibiting or interfering with the authority of a district attorney or other prosecuting attorney to dismiss a litter citation or summons or litter charge by entry of a nolle prosequi.

H. Whenever an alleged offender fails to appear before the judicial officer at the place and time specified in a citation or summons, the judicial officer of the court exercising jurisdiction shall immediately forward to the Department of Public Safety and Corrections notice of the failure to appear, with information necessary for identification of the alleged offender, and another date and time for the alleged offender to appear before the judicial officer.  Thereupon, unless the original charges have been disposed of, the Department of Public Safety and Corrections shall immediately notify the alleged offender that:

(1) The judicial officer has taken judicial notice of his failure to appear at the hearing on the date and time listed on the original citation or summons and has found him in contempt of court and his failure to appear could subject him to additional penalties or fines.

(2) He must appear before the judicial officer on a specified date and time to answer the charges for his original violation and his contempt of court.

(3) His failure to appear at this second hearing could subject him to another charge of contempt of court along with the punishment of serving time in jail.


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