How Can a Ticket be Dismissed?

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Receiving a Ticket

Receiving a driving ticket can be arduous no matter your age, disposition, or driving status. A traffic ticket has the potential to interfere with your ability to gain employment, secure a means of transportation, and receive reasonable, affordable insurance. While getting a ticket may prove frustrating, there are ways to have a ticket dismissed. Some of them come at no additional cost to you and some of them are accompanied by additional expenses. The first step is determining exactly what your ticket violation is, and how much the ticket is for. Bail bonds for traffic tickets is not merely a way to get out of jail or avoid jail; “traffic bail” and “traffic fine” are often used interchangeably.

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How Do I Look Up a Traffic Ticket?

Many states have websites specifically dedicated to assisting with offenses, including traffic tickets. This may be found through the city website or the DMV website. Typically, you will be required to input some information to find your tickets, such as your ticket number, the date of your offense, your name, or your social security number. Although government-run websites are safe to give this information to, always be sure that you are on the correct website, most readily discerned by searching for a “.gov” within the site’s address. From there, you may be able to determine whether or not your ticket qualifies for dismissal, or if paying a quick fine, attending a traffic class, proving a repair, or simply appealing the ticket is the best course.

Can You Get More Time to Pay a Ticket?

There are ways to extend the due date on your ticket’s fine, most commonly as a result of financial hardship. You can also forego paying your fine altogether if you attend traffic school (in person or online). The course often costs far less than a ticket for a more significant or extreme traffic violation. If additional time is not possible, the court may be able to set up a payment plan for your fine to help you pay the ticket without significant financial strain.

How Do I Request an Extension On My Ticket?

The best course of action in these cases is to speak directly with the court or judge in charge of your ticket and explain the situation at hand. If you have recently come under financial duress, for instance through the loss of a job, unexpected medical costs, or any other form of unexpected financial strain, the judge may be willing to offer you a reduction of your fine or an extended period in which to pay your fine. The exact type of reduction or extension offered will depend on individual needs, requests, and availability. To begin the process, contact the court in charge of your case and ask what the process is in your county. Some counties will have you file a request, some will have you speak directly with a judge, and some will instruct you to file an online form. Contact your county office to determine what the best course of action is for you and your ticket.

How Many Times Can You Extend a Traffic Ticket?

As a general rule of thumb, extending your ticket even once is something of a gift from the court to the individual who has received a ticket. There is no guarantee that a court will agree to extend your traffic ticket more than once. If, however, you can prove that you have continued to experience financial duress or can show that you have been unable to secure a job or pay your bills, a judge can approve an additional extension. This would be unusual, however, as most judges specifically provide a one-time 30, 60, or 90-day extension on a fine. If you do not pay, there may be consequences including late fees, additional fines, or even an arrest warrant.

Traffic Tickets and Bail Bonds: What Is Bail for a Traffic Ticket?

Traffic tickets do not necessarily lead to jail time, but certain traffic infractions can result in arrest. In these cases, there are a few rules for bail that will vary from state to state and county to county, but the most commonly imposed bail traffic rules include:

  • Traffic bail forfeiture – If you do not comply with the guidelines set forth for the bail tied to your traffic infraction, you forfeit the amount of your bail. If, for instance, you are instructed not to drive while you await your court date and ignore this rule, you forfeit your bail money. You also forfeit your traffic bail if, at your hearing, you are found guilty of the violation in question.
  • Traffic bail may be paid before your court date – In many cases, you are permitted to simply pay your bail or fine before your court date to avoid the court date altogether.
  • Using a traffic bail bond company is typically permitted – Depending on the reason for your ticket, your age, and the number of offenses you’ve committed, your bail amount may exceed thousands of dollars. Using a traffic bail bonds company may be necessary to pay your bail in full and on time.
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Traffic Ticket and Corresponding Bail Bonds

Although receiving any type of traffic ticket can be frustrating and unexpected, paying a traffic fine or traffic bail need not be. The traffic bail amount you pay is determined using the severity of your case, prior history, and age, many of which will positively influence how your case is handled. Being proactive and working with the court will result in the best possible outcome for you and your traffic bail, including paying any additional fines, attending traffic school, and attending your scheduled court date.

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