A mitigation hearing is held when you admit you committed the violation but wish to explain the circumstances to the judge. To request a mitigation hearing, mark box 2 in the upper right corner of your citation. The judge may adjust your penalty based on your explanation. The court must forward all committed traffic citations to the Department of Licensing, and they will appear on your driving record. Mitigation hearings are held by mail, email (called a TEC hearing), or via Zoom.