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Pay Ticket (Plead Guilty or No Contest)
Fight Ticket (Plead Not Guilty)
- Fight the ticket in court.
- Defend yourself or hire a traffic ticket attorney to represent you.
- Give up any possibility of pleading to lesser charges with lesser penalties.
- Experience no fines or penalties if found not guilty (except for any related court costs and lawyer fees).
- Appeal the guilty verdict (if applicable).
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Fighting your traffic ticket »
When you're issued a traffic ticket in Alaska, you have a couple of options:
- You can pay the traffic ticket.
- Basically, this means you're pleading guilty to the charge and will face any related penalties.
- You can fight the ticket.
- Generally, this means making a court appearance and possibly hiring a traffic ticket attorney to help prove your innocence.
We've outlined each process below.
Pleading Guilty to Your AK Ticket
When you choose to plead guilty and pay your ticket:
- Your judge might give you the option to plead to a lesser offense that carries lesser fines and penalties.
- The court might give you the option to enroll in a defensive driving course to dismiss the ticket.
- At the least, you might have the option to take the course for point reduction. Check Alaska's DMV point system for more details.
- Your auto insurance provider might increase your rates OR might give you a discount for completing the defensive driving course.
- If you're under age and commit a DUI-related offense, or a minor and working your way up the licensing ladder, you could face stiffer fines and penalties. Our Ticket Fines and Penalties page explains.
- If your ticket is for a “correctable offense", you might only have to present evidence that you've corrected the deficiency.
- You must respond to your ticket by the response date printed on the ticket. Please contact your court or the agency that issued your ticket if you're not sure about your time limit.
How to Pay Your AK Traffic Ticket
Most drivers can pay their traffic tickets online; however, the state does offer other options.
Pay Traffic Tickets Online
Generally, you can pay your traffic ticket online as long as long as:
- The ticket was issued on a county level.
- City tickets must be paid directly to the city.
- The ticket doesn't state the driver must make a court appearance.
If you're eligible to pay online, visit the Alaska Court System E-Pay System.
Other Payment Methods
If you aren't able or allowed to pay your traffic ticket online, you can use another method accepted by the appropriate court.
Most tickets include information about acceptable plea and payment options and methods. For example, some AK traffic tickets include boxes for drivers to check to indicate that they want to plead guilty or no contest, as well as an address where the drivers can mail their tickets and fine payments.
If your ticket doesn't include any of this information, contact the court and ask about the kinds methods you can use if you're mailing or delivering in person your fine.
NOTE: Once you decide to plead guilty and pay your traffic ticket fine, it's crucial to handle the citation in the allotted amount of time; otherwise, you face additional fines and even an arrest warrant.
Driving School & Ticket Dismissal
Aside from fighting the traffic ticket and winning your case (see below for details), you might be able to get a traffic ticket dismissed if:
- The citation was for a “correctable offense" and you prove—often in person at the applicable court—that you've fixed the problem.
- You attend a state-approved defensive driving course.
- You must ask your judge if this option is available to you.
For more information about how to use either of these options, contact the court.
Check Your Driving Record
Whether you fix your “correctable offense" or successfully complete a defensive driving course to get your ticket dismissed or at least get lesser penalties, it's important you check your driving record to make sure:
- The DMV didn't add any more driving record points than applicable to your situation.
- The court did dismiss the traffic ticket and it doesn't show on your record.
These kinds of inaccuracies can affect your car insurance rates (see below) and even your ability to obtain certain kinds of employment.