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    SUMMARY: How to Fight an Oklahoma Traffic Ticket

    If you plan to fight your OK traffic ticket, you must please “not guilty" in court on your scheduled date.

    To find out exactly how to proceed, check your OK traffic ticket or contact the appropriate Oklahoma traffic court.

    Fighting Your OK Traffic Ticket

    In Oklahoma, you have several plea options:

    • Guilty.
    • No contest.
    • Not guilty.

    Regardless of plea, it must be entered before or on the arraignment date posted on the OK traffic ticket. If you've lost your ticket, learn what steps to take by reading our Lost Traffic Ticket page.

    Pay Ticket
    (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 Defensive Driving School.

    Learn more about
    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 not guilty, but must pay court/attorney fees.

    Learn more by reading below.

    What It Means to Fight Your Traffic Ticket

    Contesting your OK traffic ticket in court means:

    • You are exercising your right to a court trial with the purpose of having the charges reduced or dismissed.
    • You may represent yourself, or hire a traffic ticket lawyer.
    • No fines or penalties if the court rules in your favor, but you still must pay court fees and, if applicable, legal fees.
    • If you're found guilty, you must pay fines and all associated fees. The Department of Public Safety (DPS) will assign points to your driving record, which could possibly cause the loss of your OK driver's license and increased auto insurance rates.

    Pleading Guilty or No Contest

    Either plea requires paying the ticket fine amount to the court listed on your OK traffic citation. No court appearance is required.

    Our Pay Traffic Ticket page has more information about ticket payments in Oklahoma.

    Avoid Late Penalties

    Failing to respond to your OK traffic ticket is not advised. Repercussions may include a driver's license suspension and a bench warrant for your arrest.

    Notify the Oklahoma Court

    To fight your traffic ticket, you can enter a "not guilty" plea either by mail or in person to the court listed on your citation.

    In Person

    Consult your traffic ticket for the court location and the arraignment date and time. Try to arrive early. If you meet with the prosecuting attorney and no agreement can be reached, the court will issue a trial date.

    NOTE: Your Oklahoma traffic court may allow you to enter a "not guilty" plea in person before the arraignment date. Rather than submitting your plea to a judge, you'll enter it with the court clerk.

    Mail

    Some courts allow "not guilty" pleas to be entered by mail. Call the court that's listed on your traffic ticket and ask. If available, the court clerk will explain what information to include on your written statement.

    Hire an OK Traffic Ticket Attorney

    Hiring a traffic ticket lawyer with knowledge of OK traffic laws will improve your chances for reduced charges or ticket dismissal. Depending on your current situation, this could mean saving your Oklahoma driver's license from suspension and from increased auto insurance rates.

    Prepare Your Case

    You can opt to have legal counsel handle your defense. If, however, you decide to represent yourself (also known as "pro se"), the onus is on you to build a strong case. If you're unsure of the process, contact the OK court clerk for court rules.

    NOTE: Court clerks cannot provide legal advice.

    Plead Your Case Before a Judge or Jury

    After hearing both sides, a judge will issue a verdict. If you disagree with the decision, you possess the right to appeal. Inquire with the court clerk about appeal procedures.

    Check Your OK Driving Record

    Regardless of verdict after fighting your traffic violation charge, check your driving record after the trial to make sure there are no errors.

    If you detect any errors, contact the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety (DPS). Otherwise, any error against you could cause the loss of driving privileges or an unexpected jump in car insurance rates.

    Shop for Better Auto Insurance Rates

    If you no longer can afford your car insurance rates after points are added to your driving record, take the time shop for a new provider. Comparing rates online is a fast and convenient way for finding coverage that meets your needs and conforms with your budget.

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