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    New Mexico Traffic Ticket Fines and Costs

    All New Mexico courts follow a uniform traffic code as a guideline for setting fines and penalties, but have the leeway to set their own laws as long as they are within the limits of the state statutes. This means a fine for disobeying a stop sign in Taos, may not be the same in Farmington.

    The fine will be listed on your traffic ticket. For questions regarding the fine amount, contact the court listed on your citation.

    If you cannot find your citation, learn what to do on our Lost Traffic Ticket page.

    Pay Ticket
    (Plead Guilty or No Contest)

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    Paying Your Traffic Ticket »

    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

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    Fighting Your Traffic Ticket »

    Car Insurance Rate Increase

    Another cost that goes hand in hand with traffic tickets comes in the form of increased auto insurance rates. Providers monitor driving records closely. You always have the option to counter high premiums by shopping for a new car insurance company. Comparing insurance rates online is a great way to find an affordable coverage plan.

    New Mexico Traffic Ticket Penalties

    Penalties are determined by a variety of factors, including severity of infraction, license type (instructional permit, provisional license, CDL, etc.) and driving record. Points and having your New Mexico driver's license suspended or revoked are the two most common penalties.

    New Mexico Point System

    Following the conviction of a traffic violation, the MVD assign points to your driving record. Depending on the infraction, you'll receive between 2 and 8 points. The more severe the infraction, the higher the point total.

    If you receive 6 points, the MVD will send you a warning letter. If you accumulate between 7 and 10 points in 12 consecutive months, the MVD, at the recommendation of the court, will suspend your NM driver's license for three months. If accrue 12 or more points, you'll be handed a 12-month suspension.

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