Lost Traffic Ticket in New MexicoPage OverviewSUMMARY: How to Find Lost New Mexico Traffic Ticket Information
If you lost your NM traffic ticket, you can contact the traffic court handling your case for details about your lost ticket. Be sure to find out how to respond to your charge, as well as your ticket fines, deadlines, and payment methods.
Continue reading to learn about lost NM traffic tickets.
You'll need to act fast if you've lost your NM traffic ticket. Depending on where you were cited, you may have anywhere from 15 to 30 days to respond. If you miss your traffic ticket's appearance date, the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) may suspend your driver's license and the court may issue a bench warrant for your arrest.
First, pinpoint where you received your NM traffic ticket. If you can't remember the exact location, narrow it down to county. If you were ticketed by either the State Police or the Sheriff's Department, you'll need to call the county's or district's Magistrate Court to find out about your lost ticket. If you were ticketed by a municipal officer, you will need to either call the district's Municipal Court, or, if in Albuquerque, the Metropolitan Court.
Call the presiding New Mexico court and explain your situation. The court clerk will retrieve your lost ticket information and instruct you on how to proceed. If the court has no record of your NM traffic citation, call the surrounding courts near where you were cited. For instance, if you think you were cited somewhere near Santa Fe and tried the Magistrate Court, which oversees Santa Fe, Rio Arriba, and Los Alamos counties, without success, next call Santa Fe's Municipal Court.
Once you obtain information about your lost ticket, decide on one of three pleas:
The first two options require paying your ticket fine. In New Mexico, pleading "not guilty" mandates appearing in court. Regardless of your plea, decide fast. The court will not accept "I lost my ticket" as a legitimate excuse if you miss your traffic ticket's listed appearance date.
(Plead Guilty or No Contest)
- Pay the fine.
- Option to plea bargain penalties.
- Incur points on your driving record (could lead to license suspension/revocation).
- Possibly incur increase on auto insurance rates.
- Possible option to attend driver improvement school and reduce points.
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