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    New Hampshire Traffic Ticket Fines and Costs

    Traffic ticket fines, as established by the New Hampshire court, are uniform throughout the state. This means getting cited for failing to obey a stop sign in Portsmouth, will cost the same as it would in Hanover. For questions about your traffic citation's fine amount, call the DMV at (603) 227-4010.

    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

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    Car Insurance Rate Increase

    Increased car insurance rates often follow traffic ticket convictions. You can always counter a rate jump by shopping for a new provider. Comparing vehicle insurance rates online is a great and easy way to find affordable coverage.

    Traffic Ticket Penalties

    In addition to fines, citations also bring penalties with long-term repercussions. Points and loss of driving privileges are the most common penalties. The extent of these penalties depends on:

    • Driving history and/or past infractions. A 2nd DUI conviction, for example, comes with a longer suspension period.
    • License type. Holders of youth operator licenses and CDLs, for example, have less leeway. Read more about this in the sections below.

    NH Point System

    Traffic tickets come with points, ranging between 1 and 6 points. The number of points depends on the infraction. The more serious the offense, the more number of points. These points remain on your driving record for 3 years. The DMV will suspend your license if you amass too many points within a designated period of time.

    Drivers Younger Than 18 years old

    • 6 points in 1 calendar year―up to 3 months suspension
    • 12 points in 2 consecutive years―up to 6 months suspension
    • 18 points in 3 consecutive years―up to 1 year suspension

    Drivers Between 18 to 20 years old

    • 9 points in 1 calendar year―up to 3 months suspension
    • 15 points in 2 consecutive years―up to 6 months suspension
    • 21 points in 3 consecutive years―up to 1 year suspension

    Drivers 21 years old and up

    • 12 points in 1 calendar year―up to 3 months suspension
    • 18 points in 24 months―up to 6 months suspension
    • 24 points in 3 consecutive years―up to 1 year suspension

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