Frequently Asked Questions

Can I get my arrest, conviction and/or diversion expunged?
Yes. View our page on expungement for the proper forms to start the process.

Can a traffic offense classified as a moving violation be amended to a non-moving violation?
The process through which a charge is reduced or amended is called a “plea agreement”. Plea agreements are made at the sole discretion of the City Attorney’s Office. If you would like to request an amendment of a citation, you need to contact the City Attorney’s Office at
785-368-3910 prior to your scheduled arraignment.

I think I may have a warrant, what do I do now?
A warrant is a court order instructing a law enforcement officer to arrest you. To resolve a warrant you must appear in person at the Municipal Court to post an appearance bond. Bonds can be posted at the court office Monday through Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. except on the first Friday of each month when the court closes at noon, or at the Shawnee County Department of Corrections after arrest.

My driver’s license has been suspended, how do I get it back?
If your driver’s license was suspended for failing to appear in court or pay for a citation, the only way to get your license back is to resolve the charge against you through the court that handled the ticket and pay a reinstatement fee. If your driver’s license was suspended for any other reason, you must contact the Department of Motor Vehicles by calling 785-296-3671 or go personally to their office located at 300 SW 29th Street. Regardless of your driver’s license status, if you were cited for Driving While Suspended – you are still required to appear in the Topeka Municipal Court to address the charge. Topeka Municipal Court requires that any case which has resulted in a license suspension be paid in full (cash, cashier’s check or money order) before a reinstatement letter will be sent to the State.

My vehicle has been towed – how do I get it out of impound?
Go to the Topeka Police Impound Lot located at 322 NW Crane Street.

How do I get my dog out of Helping Hands?
If you are charged with vicious animal you will need to file a motion with the court for release of the animal. Send a copy of any such motion to the City Attorney Prosecutor’s Office, 215 SE 7th Street, Room 260, Topeka, Kansas 66603-3914. Cruelty charges, or pit bull related charges require animals to remain at Helping Hands until conclusion of the case.

I need to speak with someone in the Probation Division (or the Prosecution Division), how do I contact these offices?
The telephone number for the Probation Division is 785-368-3783 and the Prosecution Division is 785-368-3910.