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Exclusive: Why you shouldn’t pay your ticket ahead of time.

Curtis Alan Sluder I decided to start answering basic questions that folk ask online about traffic and other matters. I actually enjoy helping people out with traffic matters, and I hope my explanations below are helpful. Question: “If you pay a ticket before your court date do you still have go?” The answer to this is straight forward, but before paying the ticket there are several things you should consider. Payable vs. Non-payable tickets First we have to distinguish between payable and non payable tickets. If the ticket is payable, then, no- you dont have to go to court. If you can not pay the ticket, then you must appear in court OR hire a lawyer to represent you. So, the short answer to this question is “NO”. Tickets that are listed as “Infractions” are payable, and the citation will usually have instructions and the total price. If your citation doesnt have the total price, its not payable. (Regardless of whether you can or not, you shouldn’t pay tickets early- Ill tell you why below) Non payable tickets require you to appear in court OR hire a lawyer to represent you. A Lawyer can appear for a defendant in many different types of cases, if the Judge allows it. Fortunately, when distance and circumstances make it hard to get to court, most of our judges will allow our firm to handle matters “by waiver” or, with a written waiver of your right to be in court, and authorization for our lawyers to act on your behalf. Examples of non-payable tickets are speeding more than 15 over the limit- 80...