Fight Traffic Ticket in GeorgiaPage OverviewSUMMARY: How to Fight a Georgia Traffic Ticket
To fight your GA traffic ticket, you'll need to plead "not guilty" in court. Your traffic ticket should have a hearing date listed. If there is no hearing date scheduled, contact the relevant county court. Check your Georgia traffic ticket for complete instructions.
Fighting your GA traffic ticket means appearing in traffic court on the date printed on your ticket, with or without a traffic ticket lawyer, and contesting the ticket.
Find Your Traffic Court
Your court will depend on the county where you received the ticket and the nature of the violation.
Check your traffic ticket or visit the Administrative Office of the Courts of Georgia website to find out where the relevant court is located.
Typically, you don't have to inform the court that you want to plead not guilty and contest your violation. You simply need to appear in court on the hearing date printed on your traffic ticket.
If your ticket doesn't have a hearing date, or you might have misplaced your citation, contact your traffic court.
Reschedule or Postpone Your Court Hearing
To avoid a default judgment or other consequences, notify your GA court as soon as you realize you need to reschedule or postpone your hearing.
Avoid Additional Charges
Simply put, failing to show up on your hearing date results in a driver's license suspension. You may receive a “driver's license as bail," sentence, which basically means you lose your driving privileges instead of going to jail.
NOTE: Your Georgia traffic citation should include a hearing date printed on it; if it doesn't, contact your court.
Many drivers hire traffic ticket attorneys to represent them during traffic hearings―especially those facing serious criminal charges.
NOTE: Traffic lawyers can also help you get rescheduled or postponed hearings, plead to lesser chargers, and file appeals of guilty verdicts.
If you're found "not guilty" after your hearing, your charge will be dismissed and the traffic ticket will not show up on your Georgia driving record. However, if you are found "guilty" of the charge, you may be subject to further penalties, including:
- Traffic ticket fines, which vary by violation and county.
- Court costs.
- Point accumulation.
- License suspension or revocation (due to the violation or point accumulation).
- Education and driving courses related to certain convictions, like DUI-related charges.
Learn more in our Traffic Ticket Fines and Penalties section.
Filing an Appeal in Georgia
Many Georgia courts require you to file appeals within 180 days of a guilty judgment, but some courts might vary on that timeline. Talk with the court clerk or your attorney about your court's specific policies.
If you're not careful, you can accumulate enough points to have your Georgia driver's license suspended or revoked. ( Need proof? Check out the GA Point System.)
It's a good idea to check your driving record from time to time to make sure:
- Your "guilty" verdict only resulted in the applicable number of points.
- Your "not guilty" verdict resulted in no points.
In Georgia, a guilty verdict can lead to an increase in your auto insurance rate. Depending on your provider, your driving history, and the moving violation, you might be safe; however, it's best to talk with your agent about how much you can expect to pay the next time you renew your policy.
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