Your 6 options when you get a traffic ticket

So they pulled you over and gave you a ticket. What do you do now? The process for resolving a traffic ticket can be complicated but we’re here to simplify it for you! Here are your 6 options:

1) When you get pulled over by the police, they will present you with a notice listing the charges that you must sign. Signing this is not an admission of guilt, it’s a promise to appear in court. If you choose not to sign, the officer will have to arrest you so it’s in your best interest to sign!

2) After receiving your ticket, you need to decide what you want to do. Your first option is to declare yourself guilty and pay your fine by mail or sometimes online. With this, the case closes but the points remain on your record.

3) You can set up a court date and declare yourself guilty before the date that appears on your ticket.

-If you go, you can ask the judge to reduce your fine, give you a payment plan, or let you pay it off with community service.

4) If you’re eligible, during your court date you can pay for traffic school so that the points don’t go on your record and don’t affect you in the long run.

5) If it’s a fix-it ticket, such as a cracked windshield, you can bring proof of correction to resolve your case.

6) Finally, if you believe you’re innocent, your last option is to ask for a trial. In this case, you’d have to schedule a court date, plead not guilty, and the judge will give you a different date to come back and take your trial to court. That date is where you’ll be able to plead your case and explain before a judge the reasons why you feel you’re not guilty and he/she will make the final decision.