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What if You Forgot to Pay Your Traffic Ticket?

What happens when you forget to pay your ticket? A new traffic law went into effect on January 1, 2013 that changed what can happen if you forget to pay your traffic ticket or citation. Under former law once you went past 30 days you were convicted or adjudicated, points were assessed and your license was suspended and that was it.

Just about the only way to do anything was to pay the citation pay the reinstatement fee have your license reinstated. You could always ask the Court to withhold or remove the points however whether to even address your case used to be exclusively at the discretion of the court. Whether you were granted a hearing was somewhat by luck of the draw.

Now, so long as you are within 180 days from the citation you can request a hearing. The Clerk has to set a hearing. This means that whether you get your day in court is no longer up to the judge. You can request and get a hearing up to 180 days from the violation regardless of whether you license was suspended for failure to pay a ticket. The final order still remains up to the judge but at least you have a chance by having a hearing that is required by statute. You still have to pay the late fee however you have a better chance at getting no points simply because you are now entitled to a hearing. You get to take your shot, instead of hoping to take your shot.

If you received a citation, then your best course of action is to do something within 30 days. However, if you forgot to pay your ticket, now the court has to give you a hearing. If you're a loved one forgot to pay a ticket and is asking "now what?" or you otherwise need help either to request or conduct a hearing click or call today.

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