How To Handle Your Tickets
Several options exist for persons who have received traffic tickets. It is extremely important for persons with tickets to come to court when assigned. Simply paying the fine without appearing at court is allowed, but this will result in a conviction on your driving record.
If ordered to pay a fine and cost, and you cannot pay, notify the court immediately.
If you are determined by the court to have insufficient resources or income to pay, the court is required to provide you other ways to discharge the fine and costs.
Below are some of the most common options for handling tickets.
Many moving violations may be dismissed by completing an approved defensive driving course. This alternative has the advantage of not appearing on your driving record. For more information on this topic, click on the Driving Safety Course heading at left.
Under this alternative, the person appears before the Judge on the assigned court day and pleads guilty or no contest. The person must pay an administrative fee and court costs. However, if the person completes the terms and conditions of deferred disposition and receives no additional violations, the offense does not appear on the person's record, and the ticket is dismissed. For more information on this topic, click on the Deferred Disposition heading at left.
Unpaid Fines or Failure to Appear in Court
Persons who fail to handle their fines or appear in court on the designated date are subject to a fine amount increase and potential arrest. If an unpaid citation moves to arrest warrant status, an additional $50 warrant fee will also be assessed.
The Court will issue a warrant when:
Failure to Appear
- You fail to appear.
- You fail to comply with the Orders of a Judge.
- You do not complete a payment plan or fail to make payments as promised.
If you fail to appear on your court date the Court may:
- Issue a warrant for your arrest.
- Add a $50 warrant charge to your fine.
Failure to Meet the Orders of a Judge
If you have appeared before a Judge and have agreed to a payment plan, community service or other judicial order, you must complete these orders as specified or a warrant may be issued for your arrest.
Resolving a Warrant
Your warrant may be canceled if you plead “no contest” or “guilty” to the warrant charge and pay the find. Capias Pro Fine (capias warrants) must be paid in full.
If you want to plead Not Guilty to a charge after an arrest warrant has been issued, you must appear in person to post the required bond and obtain a court date.
Getting Specific Information about Outstanding Warrants
To find out whether you have an outstanding warrant, you may call (214) 987-5331