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(Plead Guilty or No Contest)
(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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To pay your AR traffic ticket outright, you must plead guilty or no contest. Pleading guilty means admitting guilt; pleading no contest means you agree not to contest the charges.
Although pleading no contest is not the same as pleading guilty, the courts treat the fines and penalties the same.
Some points to remember if you plead guilty or no contest:
- Some courts allow online payment. See below.
- You’ll accumulate driving record points.
- Depending on the violation and your current driving record, you could face license suspension or revocation.
- You’ll likely face higher auto insurance rates the next time you renew your policy.
Note that if:
- You have a Graduated Driver License (GDL)―which includes an instruction permit, learner’s license, or intermediate license―pleading guilty or no contest to a traffic violation can prevent you from moving on to the next license on time.
- You plead guilty or no contest to DUI or DWI charges, you face additional fines and harsher penalties.
You citation includes a hearing date; generally, courts refer to this date as the “Plea and Arraignment” date. You must plead guilty and pay (or plead not guilty) by this date. Failure to do so results in license suspension and an arrest warrant.
You can contact your court with any questions.
Plead Guilty as a AR CDL Driver
You’ll follow the same procedure to plead guilty or no contest; however, as a CDL driver, you must notify your employer after receiving a violation.
NOTE: For some violations, CDL drivers face penalties severe enough to end their truck driving careers. Refer to Ticket Fines and Penalties for more information.
Plead Not Guilty
Although it’s the most convenient option for some drivers, you don’t have to plead guilty or no contest.
Depending on your violation―and whether you believe you’re innocent―pleading not guilty and fighting your charge in court might be the best option.
Learn more at Fighting Your Traffic Ticket.
- It may take up to a week from the date you received the citation for the citation to appear in the court’s system.
- Most courts require a major credit card to pay online.
- You must have your citation number.
- You must know the court handling your ticket
- You’re subject to a transaction fee.
Refer to Lost AR Traffic Ticket if you’ve misplaced your ticket and don’t have the required information.
Keep reading for additional ways to pay your traffic ticket fine.
Check your traffic ticket for additional payment methods and options.
Generally, Arkansas District Courts allow drivers to pay traffic tickets in person, by mail, or over the telephone. Payment methods can include personal checks, money orders, credit cards, debit cards, and cash (in person).
If your citation doesn’t include this information, contact your court for details.
Arkansas doesn’t offer a voluntary point reduction program.
Check Your Driving Record
Fortunately, you’ll receive a warning letter once you receive 10 to 13 points on your driving record. This letter gives you a heads up so you can improve your driving practices and avoid license suspension.
However, it’s still a good idea to check your driving record after you plead guilty or no contest to make sure the violation doesn’t push your points over the limit.
Refer to AR Driving Records to find out how to get a copy of yours.
A traffic violation doesn’t mean a mandatory increase in auto insurance rates. Whether your rates increase depends on your provider, your policy, and your driving record.
Yet, most auto insurance providers do implement rate increases for violations. Because these rate increases normally don’t take effect until it’s time to renew the policy, you have some time to compare insurance quotes online and find more affordable coverage.Other Topics in This Section