Lost Traffic Ticket in ArkansasPage Overview
If you can remember where you got your traffic ticket, you have it easy: Just find the District Court for that area. District Courts handle all traffic tickets in Arkansas.
If you can’t remember where you got your traffic ticket, you’ll need to begin a process of elimination.
Try to think of any kind of landmark, business, or even school you saw when you were pulled over. These markers can help the court’s clerk determine if you’re under that court’s jurisdiction or if you need to contact another court.
Once you know or have an idea of which court has your ticket, you can contact the court and ask for information about your misplaced traffic ticket.
Head over to the Arkansas Judiciary District Courts page. From there, you’ll find a Judicial Directory and, if applicable, links to court websites.
When you contact your court, the clerk will provide you with citation information as long as you give your name and date of birth.
Remember to ask:
- For the exact traffic ticket fine and court costs (and your citation, if you want to pay your fine online).
- The date by which you must pay the ticket, appear in court, and/or enter your plea.
- Whether you’re required to appear in court.
NOTE: It can take up to a week for citations to appear in the courts’ systems.
You can plead:
- No contest.
- Not guilty.
The best option for you depends on factors like your charge and your current driving record.
For example, drivers with minor violations and relatively healthy driving records often plead guilty or no contest simply to put the situation behind them.
On the other hand, drivers who believe they can prove they’re innocent―especially drivers with serious charges―opt to fight the charges in court.
(Plead Guilty or No Contest)
- Pay the fine, possibly online.
- Accumulate driving record points.
- Risk license suspension or revocation.
- See increased auto insurance rates.
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(Plead Not Guilty)
- Appear on or call before your “Plea and Arraignment” date.
- Prepare for your hearing, possibly with legal assistance.
- Gain no penalties if found not guilty (except applicable court/attorney fees).
- Appeal the guilty verdict (if applicable).
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