Fight Traffic Ticket in New Hampshire

SUMMARY: How to Fight a New Hampshire Traffic Ticket

How you'll fight your NH traffic ticket will depend on the type of citation you received. If your traffic ticket instructs you to respond to the New Hampshire Department of Safety, you can enter a “not guilty" plea by mail or in person.

Refer to your traffic ticket or contact the appropriate county court for further details.

Fighting a NH Traffic Ticket

In New Hampshire, you have several plea options including:

  • Guilty.
  • Nolo contendere.
  • Not guilty.

Regardless of plea, you must enter it within 30 days of the citation date. If you cannot find your ticket, learn what to do by reading our Lost Traffic Ticket page.

Pay Ticket
(Plead Guilty or No Contest)

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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.
  • Possible option to take driver improvement program and reduce points.

Learn more by reading below

What It Means to Fight Your NH Traffic Ticket

Challenging your New Hampshire traffic citation means:

  • You are pursuing your right to a trial by court.
  • You may represent yourself or seek legal counsel.
  • The court may rule in your favor, reducing the charges or dismissing the ticket. Though fines will be dropped, you must pay court and, if applicable, attorney fees.
  • The court may find you guilty, which requires the payment of fines, court fees and lawyer fees (if applicable). Points will be entered on your driving record and your NH driver's license may be suspended.
  • If you end up with points on your driving record, you could opt to take a state-approved driver improvement program to reduce points.

Plead Guilty or Nolo Contendere

Pleading "guilty" or "nolo contendere" (no contest) forfeits your right to a court trial. For more information on these pleas, visit our Pay Traffic Ticket section.

Avoid Being Issued a Warrant

You must appear in court on the date listed on your NH traffic ticket. Failing to appear comes with penalties, including late fees, loss of driving privileges, and a bench warrant for your arrest.

Notify the NH Bureau of Financial Responsibility

After checking the citation's "not guilty" box and signing it, mail your traffic ticket to:

NH Department of Safety
P.O. Box 472
Concord, NH 03302

You may also bring the ticket to the Bureau of Financial Responsibility located at:

NH Department of Safety
Bureau of Financial Responsibility
23 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03305

Your "not guilty" plea will then be forwarded to the presiding court (where you were ticketed). For any questions call the Bureau of Financial Responsibility at (603) 227-4010.

Hire a NH Traffic Ticket Attorney

If your budget allows, hiring a traffic ticket lawyer is highly recommended. Legal counsel's expertise might improve your chances for a favorable decision. Reduced charges or a dismissal, may not only spare you of fines, but also of a possible suspended or revoked driver's license.

Prepare Your Traffic Case

If you elect to represent yourself in traffic court, you'll need to prepare a strong defense. This may include interviewing and subpoenaing witnesses and ordering a copy of your New Hampshire driving record.

Plead Your Case Before a Judge or Jury

You will initially meet with the court prosecutor at what is called a pre-trial conference. If an agreement cannot be reached, you will assigned a second court date, but this time before a judge.

On the day of your trial, the judge will listen to both sides and then issue a verdict. If found guilty, you will be instructed on how to proceed with paying all fines and fees.

Check Your NH Driving Record

Periodically, check your NH driving record to verify all information and reported traffic violations are accurate. Contact the Department of Safety if you notice any errors.

Shop for Better Auto Insurance Rates

Increased auto insurance rates usually coincide when a NH traffic violation goes on your driving record. You can always offset increased premiums by shopping for a new provider. Comparing car insurance rates online is the best way for finding an affordable plan that best meets your coverage needs.

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