Lost Traffic Ticket in Ohio
You must contact the court that was listed on your lost traffic citation. This requires determining where you were ticketed. If you can't recall the exact location, pinpoint the county.
Be sure to act fast. A plea must be entered before the citation's appearance date expires. The court will not accept, "I lost my traffic ticket" as a legitimate excuse. Failing to submit a plea will result in the loss of driving privileges and a possible bench warrant for your arrest.
After determining the general location, contact the county's Municipal Court. The court clerk will explain the steps to take on entering a plea.
Next, decide on how to plea. In Ohio you have three plea options:
- Guilty―This requires paying your ticket fine
- No contest―This also requires paying your ticket fine
- Not guilty―You must enter this plea in court on the day and time listed on your citation
Enter your plea before the citation's appearance date to avoid additional penalties.
(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
- Possibly have points reduced by attending a remedial driving school
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