Traffic Ticket FAQ in Arkansas
What do I do if I get a traffic ticket in AR?
You can plead guilty, no contest, or not guilty.
Pleading guilty or no contest means paying your fine and dealing with the penalties, and pleading not guilty means fighting your ticket in court.
Which court has my traffic ticket?
District Courts handle traffic tickets in Arkansas. The District Court for the area in which you received your ticket is in charge of taking your plea, collecting the fine and court costs, and/or scheduling and providing your hearing.
Check your ticket for court information, or visit the Arkansas Judiciary District Courts page for information on how to contact your court.
How can I get a traffic ticket dismissed?
Generally, the only way to get an AR traffic ticket dismissed is to fight the ticket in court and win.
Because of what's at stake, many drivers choose to hire traffic ticket attorneys to help them win.
Do the courts offer traffic school for ticket dismissal?
What if I have an Arkansas CDL and get a traffic ticket?
CDL holders can plead guilty, no contest, or not guilty like other drivers.
However, if they plead guilty or no contest, or are found guilty, then:
- They must bring the ticket to attention of their employers within 30 days of the conviction.
- They face penalties that could cripple or end their driving careers (for certain offenses).
Learn more at Ticket Fines and Penalties.
How will traffic violations affect me if I'm younger than 18 years old?
You won't be able to move on to the next license in the Graduated Driver License (GDL) program if you receive a violation within a certain time period leading up to eligibility.
For example, you can't get an intermediate license if you receive a traffic violation with your learner's license during the last six months leading up to intermediate license eligibility.
How much do DUI or DWI fines cost?
Like traffic ticket fines and court costs, DUI and DWI surcharges vary by court.
Generally, they vary by offense number, too, meaning you'll pay more for a third offense than a first offense.
Why is it a good idea to order a driving record?
Your driving record shows you:
- Whether you're close to license suspension.
- Whether the state added (or didn't add) the applicable number of points for a guilty or not guilty verdict.
- What potential auto insurance providers and even employers will see when they look at it.
Get a copy of yours at AR Driving Records.
What is the total cost of my traffic ticket?
The total amount you'll pay depends onâ€•
- The traffic violation.
- Violation surcharges (such as DUI fines and ADSAP costs).
- Penalty costs (such as license reinstatement fees).
Learn more at Ticket Fines and Penalties.
Are traffic ticket fines the same throughout the state?
No. Traffic ticket fines vary both by violation and by court.
Check your citation for your traffic ticket fine, or contact your court for the exact amount.
How can I find a lost traffic ticket online?
Arkansas doesn't have an online traffic ticket search system in place, but you can contact your court to find out anything you need to know about your citation.
Refer to Lost AR Traffic Ticket for more information.
When is it a good idea to hire a traffic ticket attorney?
Think about hiring a traffic ticket attorney if you:
- Don't want to testify for yourself.
- Aren't sure about the best ways to prepare and present your case.
- Want to learn about possible plea agreements.
- Are having trouble rescheduling or postponing your hearing.
- Want to appeal a guilty verdict.
Note that drivers often hire lawyers if they're facing charges that:
- Are related to DUI or DWI.
- Are related to serious criminal or felony acts, such as vehicular manslaughter.
- Could result in incarceration or long-time loss of driving privileges.
How does the state's point system work?
The following outlines point numbers and related penalties or suspension lengths:
- 10 to 13 points: Warning letter.
- 14 to 17 points: 3 months.
- 18 to 23 points: 6 months.
- 24 points or more: 1 year.
The state automatically schedules a hearing if your license is at risk for suspension, the outcome from which will be:
- No action.
- License restriction.
- License suspension.
Learn more at Suspended AR License.