Fight Traffic Ticket in West VirginiaPage Overview
In West Virginia you have three plea options:
- No contest
- Not guilty
Regardless of plea, it must be entered before or on the court date posted on the citation.
NOTE: If you've lost your ticket, learn what steps to take in our Lost Traffic Ticket page.
(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 Defensive Driving Course.
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(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
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Contesting your traffic ticket in courts means:
- You are using your right to a court trial with the purpose of having the charges reduced or dismissed.
- You may represent yourself, or hire legal counsel.
- 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 Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will assign points to your driving record, possibly causing the loss of your WV 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 citation. Unless you need to arrange for a payment plan, a court appearance is not needed. Check out our Pay Traffic Ticket page for full details.
Avoid Late Penalties
Failing to respond to the ticket is not recommended. Repercussions may include the suspension of your West Virginia driver's license and a bench warrant for your arrest.
Check your citation for the court location and the arraignment date and time. If you meet with the prosecuting attorney and no agreement can be reached, the court will issue a trial date.
This options depends on the court. If offered, you must enter the not guilty plea prior to the hearing date listed on the citation.
Hiring a traffic ticket lawyer will better your chances for reduced charges or ticket dismissal. Depending on your driving history, this could mean saving your West Virginia driver's license from suspension or revocation.
If you decide to hire legal help, your traffic ticket lawyer will prepare and present your case. If, however, you decide to represent yourself, the pressure will be on you to prepare and present a solid defense.
After hearing both sides, the presiding judge will issue a decision. If found guilty, the court will explain how to go about settling your fines.
Regardless of verdict, check your driving record after the trial for accuracy. If you notice any errors, immediately contact the DMV.
You always have the option to shop for lower car insurance rates. Comparing the rates of different auto insurance providers online is a great way to find a plan that best meets your coverage needs.
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