Traffic Tickets in GeorgiaPage Overview
Georgia Traffic Tickets
In the unfortunate event that you get a traffic ticket in Georgia, the citation itself will provide all of the information you need in order to either pay the fine or contest the ticket.
Tickets are handled by the individual counties in which each citation was issued―usually by the courts―so be sure to read the ticket carefully upon receipt. You need to be aware of the court handling the traffic ticket, your appointed court date, and payment instructions.Pay Your Georgia Traffic Ticket Online
Many county courts within the State of Georgia will allow you to pay your traffic ticket instantly online. Select the court which issued your traffic ticket below and skip a trip to the traffic court.
If the Georgia issuing court is not listed above, follow the instructions on below.
You usually have several options for handling a traffic citation. The first option is to plead guilty and mail in your payment for the fine to the office listed on your traffic ticket. This is the quickest and most convenient route, but it might have some downfalls too.
Depending on the nature of the violation, points could be added to your driving record. Over time, those points will accumulate if you receive additional traffic tickets, possibly resulting in your GA driver's license being suspended. And of course, if numerous traffic convictions are reported to your insurance company, your rates will probably go up.
If you choose this option anyway (most do), pay the ticket by the required payment date (usually several weeks BEFORE the court date) specified on your ticket. Then check with the courts before that date to be sure your account was credited with payment. If you fail to pay your traffic ticket and you do not appear in court, you could be fined and a bench warrant could be issued for your arrest.
If you plan to contest the ticket, you might want to consider speaking to an attorney―Georgia is tough on traffic violators.
If you choose to plead not guilty and fight the ticket, you will need to make your first appearance in court on the date noted on your ticket.
At this appearance, you will be asked to plead guilty or not guilty. Pay your fine in cash if you plead guilty (the courts do not accept checks), or set another court date to argue your case in front of a judge and usually with the police officer present who issued you the citation.
Unfortunately, Georgia does not offer traffic school as an option for keeping your violation off your driving record. For a speeding ticket, the judge may offer to reduce your speed slightly in order to keep it under the maximum speed allowed before they must report it to your insurance company. The catch is you'll usually only get this kind of leniency with a guilty plea.
Georgia uses a point system for violations, with different points assigned for various traffic offenses. If you are convicted of enough traffic offenses and accumulate 15 points or more within 24 months, you're liable to have your Georgia driver's license suspended.
Any violations and points you have accumulated will show up on your driving record.
Your insurance company uses your driving record to periodically assess your rates. A prospective employer may also want to look over your Georgia driving record, so you want to keep your record as clean as possible.
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