Lost Traffic Ticket in West VirginiaPage Overview
You need to contact the court that was listed on your West Virginia traffic ticket.
If you don't recall the court, try to remember the place where you were ticketed. You don't need the exact street location; either a town or a county will suffice.
West Virginia traffic tickets are handled by Municipal Courts and Magistrate Courts .
Recalling the citing law enforcement agency will help with pinpointing which court to call. If you were cited by a town police officer, call the Municipal Court―in many towns and cities, these are called town halls and you can find a telephone number for yours in your local listings.
If you were ticketed by the Sheriffs Department or the Highway Patrol, call the Magistrate Court.
The court clerk will explain how to proceed with entering your plea.
In West Virginia you have three plea options:
Act fast. Tickets are time sensitive. The court will not accept "I lost my traffic ticket" as a worthy excuse.
Failing to submit the plea before the citation's listed court date will result in the suspension of your WV driver's license and possibly a bench warrant being issued for your arrest.
(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 (DDC).
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