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Fight Traffic Ticket in Nebraska

SUMMARY: How to Fight a Nebraska Traffic Ticket

To fight your NE traffic ticket, you'll likely need to submit your “not guilty" plea in court.

Check your traffic ticket for the date you must appear. If this information is not shown on your ticket, contact your Nebraska county court directly.

Fighting a NE Traffic Ticket

You have a couple of plea options in Nebraska:

  • Guilty.
  • Not guilty.

NOTE: The Nebraska court does not recognize the "no contest" plea.

You must enter your plea with the court before the appearance date listed on your traffic citation. If you cannot find your ticket, learn what to do in our Lost Traffic Ticket section.

Pay Ticket
(Plead Guilty)

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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.
  • Option to take defensive driving to reduce points.

Learn more by reading below.

What It Means to Fight Your NE Traffic Ticket

When you opt to fight your Nebraska traffic ticket:

  • You are exercising your right to challenge the charge in court.
  • You have the option to represent yourself or hire a traffic ticket lawyer.
  • After hearing your defense, the court may rule in your favor and reduce the charges or dismiss the traffic ticket altogether. You're still responsible for paying court fees and, if applicable, legal fees.
  • The court may find you "guilty." You must pay fines, court fees and, if applicable, legal fees. Points will be assigned to your NE driving record (but you can ask the court if you have the option to reduce points).

Pleading Guilty

Pleading "guilty" surrenders your right to a trial. No court appearance is required. Your traffic fine payment serves as your admission of guilt. For more on this option, visit our section on Paying Your Nebraska Traffic Ticket.

Enter Your Plea On Time

Not entering a plea leads to bigger consequences. The court may suspend your Nebraska driver's license or, in extreme situations, issue a bench warrant for your arrest.

Notify the Nebraska Court

You must appear at the court on the day scheduled on your citation to enter a "not guilty" plea. This is referred to as an arraignment.

After entering your plea, most traffic courts will issue a trial date. For specific instructions, you'll need to contact the NE county court handling your case.

Hire a Traffic Ticket Attorney

If your budget allows, consider hiring a traffic ticket lawyer. Wise to the ways of the Nebraska court, a traffic ticket attorney will use this experience to your advantage, possibly increasing your changes for a favorable ruling.

Prepare Your Case

If you elect to represent yourself, you'll need to prepare a defense. This may include ordering your NE driving record and subpoenaing witnesses.

Plead Your Case Before a Judge or Jury

After the trial, the judge will either find you " guilty" or "not guilty." If found "guilty," points will be assessed to your Nebraska driving record and you'll be required to pay all fines and fees. Keep in mind that you do have the option to appeal the decision.

Check Your NE Driving Record

Regardless of what happens with your traffic ticket, you may want to check your Nebraska driving record after the trial to verify the point amount is accurate. Knowing your exact point total will help you decide if you should look into removing points from your record by enrolling in a state-approved defensive driving course.

Shop for Better Auto Insurance Rates

Points on your driving record may cause a jump in your car insurance rates in Nebraska. You can counter a rate hike by shopping for a new provider. Find the best coverage at the best price by comparing auto insurance rates online.

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