Is there any downside to just paying a ticket?

Possibly. Paying a ticket is similar to pleading guilty in a criminal case. If you pay the ticket rather than contesting it, the conviction will stay on your driving record for the period provided by state law. You also may have points added to your license, which can put you at risk of increased insurance premiums and a license suspension if you accumulate too many points. If you have no real defense and a clean record, however, paying the ticket may be the right path to take.

26.02.2020

Is there any downside to just paying a ticket?

Possibly. Paying a ticket is similar to pleading guilty in a criminal case. If you pay the ticket rather than contesting it, the conviction will stay on your driving record for the period provided by state law. You also may have points added to your license, which can put you at risk of increased insurance premiums and a license suspension if you accumulate too many points. If you have no real defense and a clean record, however, paying the ticket may be the right path to take.