What to Do If Speeding Ticket Fees are More than You can Pay

Besides the humiliation and inconvenience of being pulled over along the side of the road and having the police issue you a citation, there is also the generally high cost of the citation itself. The proceeds from such traffic tickets are typically split among several different accounts, such as emergency services, 911 upgrades, road repairs, and the fine itself.  All this adds up and speeding ticket for a few miles over the limit can easily reach close to $200.  So, what do you do if you have received a speeding ticket and you can’t afford to pay off the speeding ticket fees before they are due?

What if You Can't Pay Your Speeding Ticket Fees?

  • Your main option for dealing with speeding ticket fines you are unable to pay is to take the ticket to a hearing, which will happen automatically if you do not pay the fine.  When you show up for your court date, you will want to tell the judge the story of your particular case and why you are unable to pay the fines.  You may ask the judge to reduce the fine, and there is a good chance that he or she will listen, depending on whether or not you are able to present a compelling case of why paying the speeding ticket is impossible for you at the present time.
  • You may also be able to ask for a continuance in the case, which would push the actual hearing out to a later date and allow you time to build up your available funds so that you can pay the ticket.  Typically, you need to provide some compelling evidence as to why a continuance should be granted, since you are delaying the court process and causing further expense to the state court system whenever you file to have a case officially held off for a period of time.  When you ask for a continuance, you will want to be sure that you have all of your information available anyway in case the continuance is not granted.
  • A third option that is available, although rarely granted, is to ask the court to put you on a payment plan so that you are able to pay a portion of the ticket each week or month until the fine is paid off in full.  Again, if you want to get on a payment plan, you will need to provide compelling evidence that you are unable to pay the ticket in full on time as ordered.

Getting Help

If you are faced with speeding ticket fees, you may wish to consult with an experienced lawyer. He or she can assist you in understanding what your options may be for reducing the fees or for getting on a payment plan so you can pay them back over time.

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