New Traffic Court Costs
As of July 5, 2011. Here’s my latest experience on court costs. If you plead guilty to a traffic infraction, the basic court costs will be $188. If you plead guilty to a non-infraction ticket, the basic costs will be $190. (How to tell if your case is an infraction or a “regular” ticket? You’ll need to know the file number, which is separate from the citation number. If the letters between the numbers are “IF,” it’s an infraction. If the letters are “CR,” it’s not an infraction. )
If we get your case reduced to improper equipment, which is just about the best break there is, short of dismissal, then there will be an extra court cost of $50. If the judge wants to (but they usually don’t), he or she can also add a fine.
Finally, let me warn you about the “late fees” that came into effect in August of 2011. If you miss your court date by more than twenty days, you will be charged a $200 late fee! Occasionally, we can get those forgiven, but just be aware of that if you’ve got a pending ticket.
Have a traffic question? Give me a call at 919-683-2175.