Ticket Fines and Penalties in Montana
Ticket fines are relatively uniform across the state. All law enforcement agencies adhere to the Montana Supreme Court Bond Schedule, which sets recommended fines for each traffic violation, along with minimum and maximum amounts. The total fine amount should be listed on your citation. Direct any fine amount questions to the court listed on your MT traffic ticket.
Most traffic violations have an automatic surcharge factored into the total fine amount. Surcharges are used to pay for designated state and county programs.
(Plead Guilty or No Contest)
- Pay the fine.
- Incur points on your driving record (could lead to license suspension/revocation).
- Possibly incur increase on auto insurance rates.
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(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.
Auto Insurance Increase
In addition to paying the traffic ticket fines, you may also have to pay higher car insurance rates. You can counter an increase by comparing car insurance rates online, shopping for a coverage package that best meets your budget.
Penalties are uniform throughout the state. This means a first time DUI offense in Bozeman, comes with the same amount of points and the same suspension length, as it would in Whitefish. Variables do come into play when license types (Permit, CDL, etc.) and driving records are considered.
Montana Point System
Every traffic violation conviction comes with points. The move severe the violation, the higher the point total. If you total 30 points or more within 3 years, you'll be classified as a Habitual Traffic Offender and the Driver Control Bureau will revoke your MT driver's license for three years.
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