Should I Pay My Traffic Ticket Online?

North Carolina Traffic TicketShould you pay your traffic ticket online? No, not without consulting a Wake County traffic attorney first. 

If you receive a traffic ticket, you may be presented with an option on the ticket to visit a website to pay the fine. This seems like a quick and easy way to take care of the ticket, but doing so can have major consequences. Primarily, if you pay your traffic ticket online, you are pleading guilty. In Wake County and Durham County, as of September 2017, you cannot ask for a reduction online. You must visit court to receive a reduction, if you are eligible for one. 

A reduction may be beneficial immediately and in the long run — first, your fine may be lower. Second, your insurance company may not raise your car insurance rates as high. Therefore, it is always in your best interest to get a reduction. Furthermore, you might be eligible for an improper equipment reduction, which will not statutorily increase your insurance rates. 

Appearing in court personally allows you to request a reduction. However, this often requires taking a day off work, finding parking in downtown Raleigh or Durham, and waiting in line, only to often find you have to come back another day if you are not able to resolve your charge then and there. Thus, it is generally beneficial to hire a Raleigh or Durham traffic lawyer to go to court for you. In most cases, you never have to appear in court. 

The traffic attorneys at Guirguis Law can assist you with your traffic ticket by attending court for you and speaking to the assistant district attorneys. We cover traffic court in both Wake County and Durham County. Contact us at (919) 832-0500 for a free consultation and quote before you pay your ticket online.