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Prepay My Virginia Traffic Ticket

Should I Prepay My Virginia Traffic Ticket?

When you prepay a traffic ticket you are pleading guilty to the ticket. So if you do not want to be found guilty, do not prepay the ticket. Before you prepay a traffic ticket you should ask yourself the following questions:

  • Is this traffic ticket a criminal offense (for example: Reckless Driving)?
  • Will this traffic ticket increase my auto insurance?
  • Will conviction affect my job?
  • Can I afford the DMV points?
  • Will this violate my probation?
  • Do I have other pending traffic or criminal cases?
  • Did this traffic ticket involve an accident?

If you answered "Yes" to any of these questions, contact one of our traffic attorneys immediately for a free consultation because you may be at risk for severe traffic ticket consequences.

I Already Prepaid My Virginia Traffic Ticket. Can I Still Fight the Ticket?

If you prepay a ticket in Virginia and then regret your decision, consult a local traffic attorney immediately. In some jurisdictions, you may be able to revoke your plea of guilty and still fight the ticket, though the way to do this varies by jurisdiction. If you are found not guilty, the money you paid will be refunded to you. If you are not able to revoke your plea of guilty or if the court date has already past, you can appeal your decision to the circuit court within 10 days of your court date.

Learn more about appealing cases to the circuit court.

How Do I Prepay My Virginia Traffic Ticket?

You can prepay your traffic ticket in-person at the court, by phone, by mail or online. If you prepay your ticket you will be found guilty of the crime or infraction you are charged with. Be sure to know all of the consequences of a conviction before prepaying.

Learn how to find and prepay your Virginia traffic ticket online.

If the court will not let you prepay your traffic ticket, it probably means that you are charged with a criminal offense, not a traffic offense, and should consult a traffic attorney immediately.

How Much Will My Traffic Ticket Cost?

Traffic court prepayment costs, fines, and processing fees for each traffic ticket are constantly changing. Contact the traffic court clerk's office or search your case online to learn the prepayment amount. If you appear in court, the judge can decide to charge you with a higher or lower fine (unless the traffic ticket is for an HOV violation).

Why Can I Not Prepay My Traffic Ticket?

If you can find your case online but there is no option for you to prepay, this most likely means you are being charged with a criminal offense and should hire a local traffic attorney immediately.

If you or the clerk cannot find your traffic court case, it may be because:

  • The officer has not yet turned in his copy of the summons to the court, in which case your case has not yet been entered into the system.
  • You are under 18 years old and your case is in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.
  • Your name is spelled wrong in the system. (Try searching by officer's name and court date instead.)

If you are having additional trouble paying your fines, contact the traffic court clerk's office.