If I pay the fine do I still have to go to court?

If you received a ticket for an infraction, you can most likely do everything you need to do by mail. It is required that you go to court for a misdemeanor, however. If you don’t want to go to court, ask the court if you can plead guilty and pay the fine by mail, pay to go to traffic school, or have a trial by mail (also called a “trial by written declaration”). If you plead guilty and pay the fine, you will get points on your driving record and your car insurance payment will go up. If you don’t go to court or pay the fine, your license will be suspended and the court can charge you with a misdemeanor and issue a warrant for your arrest.

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