Traffic Tickets in ConnecticutPage Overview
Connecticut Traffic Tickets
The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) issues and handles driver's licenses and registrations. However, traffic tickets are handled by the state court system, for even the most minor infraction or violation. The courts and the CT DMV often work together―remember, they're on the same side―but the overall administration of traffic tickets belongs to the courts.
For example, the court will notify the Connecticut DMV of any violations to which you plead guilty or are determined to be guilty, and the DMV will add points to your driving record based on that violation.
In addition to the expense of fines and court costs, traffic tickets can also cost you money by raising your insurance premiums.
When you get a traffic ticket in Connecticut, you will have the option of pleading guilty to the infraction or violation and paying a fine by mail. Or you may choose to challenge the ticket in court, where you will face a judge or hearing officer to explain why you disagree with the issuing of the ticket.
If you choose to pay the fine, you are admitting guilt to the infractions or violations. In addition to the fine, you can also expect:
- Points against your CT driver's license. The court will notify the DMV of your admission of guilt. The Connecticut DMV will then add points to your driver's license. If you accumulate too many points, you could face a driver's license suspension and/or be required to go to traffic school.
- An increase in your auto insurance premiums. The courts and the CT DMV report motor vehicle violations and infractions to all insurance companies licensed to do business in the state. Although there is no official requirement that insurance companies raise rates after a moving violation conviction, most insurance companies can and will charge more to drivers with moving violations on their records, as you are likely a higher risk to insure.
If you choose to go to court to fight your traffic ticket, you should be prepared to have a case to present. There are many lawyers with expertise in traffic violations, or you can try to defend yourself.
Just make sure you have a defense, one way or another. If you take your case to court and the judge finds you guilty, you can expect some court costs will be added to the total fines assessed.
Remember, your traffic ticket is handled by the court system, not the Connecticut DMV. Ignoring your ticket will result in being summoned to appear before a judge. Ignoring the summons means the court will issue a warrant for your arrest. This is in addition to any driver's license suspensions and or/revocations and other penalties issued by the DMV.
If you want to see your driving record, you can access it through the CT DMV.
If you have recently received points or points are due to be removed, you may want to check your driving record to make sure it is accurate.
Remember, your insurance company also has access to your driving record, and others may ask to see it, such as employers if you have a job that requires driving.Other Topics in This Section