How to Plead No Contest to a Speeding Ticket


A plea of no contest means that you are neither admitting your guilt nor denying the charges brought against you. While pleading no contest to a speeding ticket generally means that you will have to pay a fine or accrue points on your driver's license, it may help you avoid civil penalties if a lawsuit ensues as a result of your violation.

  • Attend your traffic court hearing as scheduled. The time, date and location of your hearing will be listed on the speeding ticket. In some jurisdictions, you may also receive a summons from the court in the mail.

  • Enter your plea at the appropriate time during your hearing. This will happen at the outset of your hearing, after the judge reads the charges against you aloud. Wait until the judge specifically asks you how you would like to plead before stating that you would like to enter a plea of no contest.

  • Show documentation of mitigating circumstances. If you had a reason for speeding that you would like the judge to take into consideration when determining your fine or penalty, bring written evidence of it to the hearing. You may present it to the judge after you enter you no contest plea.

  • Consult with an attorney. If you are unsure of the ramifications of pleading no contest or do not understand any of the terms listed on your speeding ticket, consult an attorney before entering your plea.


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