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What are my options for handling a traffic ticket?

On Behalf of | Dec 6, 2022 | Traffic Violations |

If you receive a traffic ticket, you have several ways you can handle it. You will get an automatic court date when you receive the ticket, but that is only one way to take care of it.

The North Carolina Judicial Branch explains you have multiple options for what you can do with your traffic ticket to resolve the situation, and you should consider which is best for you.


You can waive your traffic ticket, which means that you admit guilt and pay a fine to resolve it. This option is available for minor offenses. Once you waive the ticket, you must face any consequences associated with a guilty verdict. You do not have the option any longer to oppose or try to get out of the ticket. You can waive your rights online, by mail or in person.

Online requests

You also have the option of asking the District Attorney to reduce or dismiss the case against you online. You can contact the office and present your case to the DA. He or she will have the option to either agree with you and grant your request or deny your request. If there is a denial, then you would need to either go to court or waive your rights.


Going to court is always an option. It allows you to present your side of the situation to a judge, who will then make a decision based on the facts.

Keep in mind there is no right way to handle a ticket. You can do whatever best suits your situation, but keep in mind that certain options will come with penalties for committing the offense.