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Subject matter jurisdiction is an important concept in federal courts
, because federal courts are courts of LIMITED jurisdiction. State courts are not. The traffic court will always have subject matter jurisdiction to hear a traffic ticket, because that is the purpose for which those courts were created.
Damages are not required in criminal cases. The fact of the statutory violation is considered to be damage to the community as a whole. There is also no need to state a victim - "society" is the victim when a traffic law is broken and there was no accident. If the ticket asserted that you violated a traffic law, then there was a cause of action, injury, "victim" and crime.
On top of that, it is unfortunately extremely difficult to vacate a ticket AFTER it has been paid. Even if these arguments could be applied to a traffic ticket, you waived them by not bringing them up prior to paying the ticket.
Wis. 345.51 does not apply when a person paid a ticket, it only applies if you failed to appear and judgment was entered in your absence. So, based on what you've said, I'm sorry to say, your chances of getting the ticket reopened and successfully defending it with a subject matter jurisdiction argument are extremely low.
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