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What are the consequences of paying off a traffic citation?


Evan R. Rowe

Paying off a traffic citation typically resolves the matter, but the consequences can vary depending on the specific circumstances and jurisdiction.

Here are some general outcomes:

  1. Clearance of the Citation: Once you pay the fine associated with the traffic citation, the ticket is typically considered resolved, and there's no further action required on your part.

  2. No Further Legal Action: Paying the fine usually means you won't face further legal consequences related to that specific citation, such as court appearances or additional fines.

  3. Impact on Driving Record: In many cases, paying a traffic citation means accepting guilt, which may result in points being added to your driving record. Accumulating too many points can lead to consequences such as increased insurance premiums or even license suspension.

  4. Insurance Premiums: Depending on your insurance provider and the severity of the offense, paying a traffic citation might lead to increased insurance premiums. Some minor violations may not affect your rates significantly, while more serious offenses could result in higher premiums.

  5. Possibility of Traffic School: In some jurisdictions, you may have the option to attend traffic school in lieu of paying the fine or to reduce the impact on your driving record. Successfully completing traffic school can sometimes mitigate the consequences of the citation.

  6. Potential Legal Consequences: While paying the fine resolves the citation, certain traffic offenses may have additional legal consequences beyond the fine, such as mandatory court appearances, community service, or even jail time in extreme cases. However, these are less common for minor traffic violations.

  7. Financial Cost: Beyond the fine itself, there may be additional costs associated with paying off a traffic citation, such as administrative fees or court costs.

It's important to understand the specific consequences in your jurisdiction and to consider your options carefully before deciding how to address a traffic citation. In some cases, it may be advisable to contest the citation in court, especially if you believe you were wrongly cited or if the penalties are severe. Consulting with a lawyer who specializes in traffic law can provide valuable guidance in navigating the legal process and understanding your rights and options.

Look no further than King & Rowe Attorneys at Law. Our experienced attorneys will work tirelessly to ensure your rights are protected and help you achieve the best possible outcome.

Contact us today 828-466-3858.

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