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When you get a traffic ticket, many foreign terms are thrown your way; it can be an easy process where you pay the ticket and go to traffic school, or it can be hectic to the point of almost losing your license. No matter the circumstance, here are some basics you should know about:

What is a traffic ticket?

A traffic ticket is a notice given by a police officer after a traffic school infraction.

How do you get a traffic ticket?

Traffic citations a violating traffic laws such as speeding, running a red light or a stop sign, changing lanes without your indicators on or driving with an expired registration.

If I sign a ticket, am I admitting to being guilty?

No, when you sign a citation you are agreeing to pay the ticket or appear in court, if you decide to dispute it. By not signing the ticket, you are giving the police officer the ability of arrest you on the spot.

Do I have to appear in court?

If you receive a traffic violation and dispute it, you may need to appear in court. You may also need to appear if you received a speeding ticket for going over 30 miles of the posted speed limit, reckless driving and if your ticket involves a traffic accident where there’s an allegation of serious bodily injury or a fatality has occurred.

What happens if I don’t pay my ticket?

If you do not pay your traffic ticket, the traffic court can take the following actions:

  • The court can request that the department of motor vehicles (“DMV”) suspend your driver’s license.
  • Traffic school attendance may be denied.
  • A warrant for your arrest may be issued.
  • Additional fines may be imposed.

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