If I don’t pay my traffic ticket fines, will they issue a warrant?

It depends on the county or municipality where your ticket was issued. In most cases, failure to pay will initiate a domino effect of legal hassles. Keep in mind that you’re not the first one to challenge the system. The courts are experienced in dealing with drivers who ignore traffic fines, adding credence to the saying, “You can run, but you cannot hide.”

Failing to pay your ticket will prompt the court to notify your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), resulting in an immediate suspension of your license. And, again, depending on the county or municipality where your infraction occurred, a warrant for your arrest may also be issued.

If you have a warrant, you won’t have to worry about policemen kicking down your door. But it will always appear on your record (even for job background checks). Consequently, if you’re ever stopped for speeding or even ticketed for jaywalking, you will be arrested. The financial penalties (late payment fines, legal fees, suspended license reinstatement costs) will be much stiffer. And you’ll also spend time in jail.  

Visitor Comments

  • Posted by Jale on December 28th, 2009

    I got a question. I'm from another country but i went to USA and i got a ticket. It was at my last day in america. What o should i do for paying this ticket?

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