Many states assign points to traffic violations that occur in the state. These points are placed on your driving record if you receive a speeding ticket. These points can do a number of things to you including:
Be placed on your driving record
Raise your auto insurance rates
Cause your driver’s license to be suspended or revoked.
If you receive a speeding ticket you may first want to call the Justice of the Peace in the county where you received the speeding ticket if you are from out of state. If you live in the state and in the county, then you may call or go up to the Justice of Peace’s office to handle your ticket. You don’t have to wait until the day your supposed to appear in court to handle your speeding ticket.
Texas also offers a website to allow you to pay your Texas speeding ticket. You can use the Texas DMV website to pay your speeding ticket, but this will typically cause your ticket to go on your driving record.
Other options for dealing with your speeding ticket include deferred probation if you qualify for it. This will keep the ticket off of your record, but you will not be able to receive another ticket without it going on your driving record. You may also be able to go to driving school or take Defensive Driving to handle your speeding ticket.
In most cases you will not be required to appear in court if you have already handled the ticket in another fashion before your court date. However, in some states, you must appear in court if you were given a ticket for speeding in a construction zone and workers were present.
If you feel that you should fight your ticket in court, you will appear in court on the date set on your ticket. At this time you will plead not guilty and request a trial date. If you need to change your appearance date, you must call the Court Clerk’s office or appear in person before the date to request that it is changed.
If you do not take any action to resolve your speeding ticket and you do not appear in court, then your information is sent to the Department of Public Safety and your license will be suspended. An arrest warrant may also be issued and additional fines placed on your license that must be paid before it is reinstated. As you can see, you have many options to resolve your speeding ticket to avoid these circumstances. More on this website