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    Mississippi Traffic Ticket Fines and Costs

    Traffic ticket fines vary by county in Mississippi. This means a ticket for failing to yield in Issaquena County won't cost the same for failing to yield in Chickasaw County. In addition, each county adds assessment fees (see below), which vary as well. The exact fine amount will not be listed on your ticket. You must call the court on your ticket for the fine total.

    Assessments

    Assessments are added to all traffic violations. Assessment fees are used to fund county and state programs.

    Pay Ticket
    (Plead Guilty or No Contest)

    Learn more about Paying your Traffic Ticket »

    Fight Ticket
    (Plead Not Guilty)

    • Contest traffic ticket via trial.
    • Choose to represent yourself or hire an attorney.
    • Possibly lose option to plea bargain for lesser penalties.
    • No penalties if found guilty, but must pay court/attorney fees.

    Learn more about Fighting your Traffic Ticket »

    Car Insurance Rate Increases

    Traffic ticket convictions usually coincide with increased car insurance rates. If you find your premiums are becoming too high for your budget, shop around online and compare car insurance rates from a variety of auto insurance providers.

    MS Traffic Ticket Penalties

    Mississippi does not employ a points system. Thus, loss of driving privileges―suspended or revoked― is the most common type of penalty. Several factors come into play when determining a penalty's severity, including driving record and license type (CDL, learner's permit, etc.).

    MS Driver's License Suspension and Revocation

    If the MS Department of Public Safety (DPS) takes away your driving privileges, it's good to know the difference between a suspended and a revoked license:

    Suspended License―This means your MS driver's license has been temporarily removed. Reinstatement, in most cases, requires paying a $100 fee.
    Revoked License― This means your Mississippi driver's license has been terminated for an extended period of time, usually for at least one year.

    Driving offenses resulting in a suspended license include:

    • You have been involved in an accident resulting in the death or injury of another person or resulting in significant property damage
    • Frequent convictions of serious traffic violations
    • You are deemed a habitually reckless or negligent driver.

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