How Do I Contest a Traffic Citation?
Confirm Your Court Date
Confirm your traffic violation and court by looking at “Section IV: Summons” on your traffic citation. On the day of your court appearance, arrive early and go to your assigned courtroom.
Appear in Court
Appear in court on your court date. Do not miss your court appearance. If you miss your court date, the court will ask the Georgia Department of Driver Services to suspend your driver’s license until the case is resolved.
Submit Your Plea
During your court appearance, the judge will hear your plea and make a decision. You can: plead guilty and pay the fine, plead not guilty and request a jury trial, or plead Nolo Contendere (“No contest”). Please read the Georgia Department of Driver Services Traffic Court Reference Manual to learn about the implications of each plea.
Receive a Verdict
If you plead not guilty at your arraignment, the court may schedule a trial to hear your case.
If the court ultimately finds you guilty, the court will forward notice of the conviction to the Georgia Department of Driver Services. Any points associated with your citation will be placed on your driving record and the case will be closed. See a list of offenses reported to the DDS.
Department of Driver Services
This information was prepared as a public service of the State of Georgia to provide general information, not to advise on any specific legal problem. It is not, and cannot be construed to be, legal advice. If you have questions regarding any matter contained on this page, please contact the related agency.