If you ignore your ticket

What happens if you ignore your traffic ticket?

If you ignore (do not respond to) your ticket, your situation will only get worse. Your fine will increase and additional penalties can be added.

If you do not go to court on your court date
This is called a "failure to appear" (FTA). If you violate your written promise to appear at court, you can be found guilty of a misdemeanor.

In addition, if you do not pay your fine on time, an extra fee may be added to your fine amount and your case may be referred for collection. This extra fee is called a "civil assessment," and it can be up to $300. And the court can charge you with "failure to pay a fine" or "contempt of court." If that happens, you will be charged with a misdemeanor and the court can issue a warrant for your arrest.

If you do not pay the fine
If you do not pay your fine within the time the court gives you, the court can suspend your driver's license. And you will not be able to renew your car's registration.

In addition, if you do not pay your fine on time, an extra fee may be added to your fine amount and your case may be referred for collection. This extra fee is called a "civil assessment," and it can be up to $300. And the court can charge you with "failure to pay a fine" or "contempt of court." If that happens, you will be charged with a misdemeanor and the court can issue a warrant for your arrest.

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