Q: What will happen if I just pay my child's traffic ticket?
A: After your child gets a ticket, make sure you double check it first - some offenses require a mandatory court appearance. If the ticket has the option to pay, you might be tempted to just to "get it over with." However, it is very important that you realize what could happen if you decide to go that route.
- Paying the ticket waives your child's right to a trial
- Paying the ticket is considered an admission of guilt and any associated fines or court costs must be paid
- If applicable, information about the incident will be sent to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles and they will determine the appropriate punishment.
- Punishments can include demerit points on your child's license, or the requirement to take a driver improvement class.
- If your child already has a certain amount of demerit points on their license, it might get suspended.
Certain juvenile traffic violations cannot be paid for ahead of time. Those include:
- Driving without a license
- Driving under the influence (DUI)
- Reckless Driving
- Failure to pay full time and attention
- Failure to keep the vehicle under control
Bringing your child's case to court gives them a fighting chance to clear their name and keep their driving record clean. If your child received a ticket for a traffic violation in Virginia, an experienced lawyer can help. Call the Spotsylvania law office of Jarrell, Hicks & Waldman, PC at 888-783-9701 - your first consultation is completely free!