Many traffic tickets can be prepaid following the instructions on the paper ticket given to you by the police officer.
Beware! When you prepay a traffic ticket your driving record will show that you are guilty of the offense listed on the ticket.
Prepaying a ticket is basically telling the court you’re guilty and you’d rather pay then spend the time and effort to fight the ticket. Paying the fine isn’t the end of your experience.
Your car insurance rate may go up when the insurance company makes an annual check of your driving record. Besides fines, many traffic offenses come with points on your driving record.
If you get enough points the DMV in VA or the MVA in MD WILL suspend your license.
A good lawyer, familiar with the Maryland and Virginia motor vehicle codes, can help you reduce points, fines, and provide some complete defenses to a traffic ticket. The money you spend on a lawyer on the front end should save you from spending more on insurance premiums later.