You should respond on or before the hearing date listed on the summons. If you do not, then you will be found "in violation" of the charge by default and a higher fine may be imposed. You can respond to the summons in the following ways.
You may be able to admit to the summons and pay the penalty listed on the summons. Payment of the penalty must be made prior to the scheduled hearing date to avoid a decision finding you in default for failing to respond to the summons.
OATH hearings are informal. You do not need an attorney for OATH hearings but you can hire one at your own expense. To learn about the general OATH hearing process download What is the OATH Hearings Division? (Spanish) (Arabic) (Bengali) (Chinese) (French-Creole) (Korean) (Russian) (Urdu)
Below are the different ways you may be able to fight a summons that was issued to you by a City enforcement agency.
If you want to fight the summons but you are unable to fight the summons on or before the hearing date listed on the summons, then you can request that the hearing be rescheduled. Learn how to reschedule an upcoming hearing.
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