Citations or traffic tickets are issued in the State of Wyoming for various violations of traffic law. You must respond to a citation, usually by paying a fine or appearing in court, or else a warrant may be issued for your arrest and your driving license may be suspended.
If you wish to dispute the citation, you must appear in court personally on the scheduled date, and enter a "not guilty" plea. Appearing in court gives you an opportunity to fight the traffic ticket in front of a judge or jury, and most people prefer to hire a traffic ticket lawyer to defend them in court. For more information on how to dispute a traffic ticket in Wyoming, see our general section on Traffic Tickets and Violations.
PAYING A TRAFFIC TICKET - WHAT IT MEANS
When you pay a ticket, you are essentially pleading guilty to a traffic offense. Motorists should be aware that receiving and paying a traffic citation could result in higher car insurance rates and points on your driving record. Your license may be suspended if you accumulate too many points on your driving record.
HOW TO PAY THE FINE
If you decide to plead guilty to a traffic violation, there are several ways to pay the ticket. Generally, the back of the citation will clearly indicate the deadlines and options for answering the ticket. Usually, you must act within 5 days of receiving a traffic ticket to avoid additional fines and possible suspension of your license.
- Pay by mail. Read the instructions on the back of the ticket carefully. Enclose a check or money order for the amount indicated on the ticket. Please ensure that you write the citation number behind the check. You can use the envelope the citation comes with.
Be sure to retain a copy of the citation for your personal records.
- Pay in person. You can generally pay your traffic tickets at the Municipal Court (sometimes located at the Law Enforcement Center), Circuit Court, Parking Division of City Hall depending on the county/city. Carry the citation with you. You can pay using cash, check, money order or credit card (Visa or MasterCard). It is best to check timings before visiting the office. Also you will need to carry the citation and your vehicle license plate number.
- Pay via Drop Boxes. Checks can be dropped off at drop boxes round the clock. Do write the citation number behind the check. Generally drop boxes are kept at easily accessible places and include places like the City Hall and the Police Department. The envelope which comes along with the citation can be used to drop the check.
- Pay by phone. Parking tickets can be paid over the phone using a credit card. In some cities/counties, this facility is available between certain hours the office is open. Please keep your parking ticket and license plate number handy.
PLEADING NOT GUILTY
If you decide to plead not guilty and dispute the ticket, read the instructions on the back of the ticket carefully. The instructions will generally indicate when and how to plead not guilty, and information about appearing in court to dispute your ticket. See our general section on Traffic Tickets and Violations for more information about how to dispute a traffic ticket in Wyoming State.
DISMISSAL OF CHARGES
Remember that you cannot be found guilty of committing a traffic offense unless there is clear, accurate and convincing evidence that you committed the violation. Charges may be dismissed in court if the citation includes vague or incorrect information. For instance, vehicle information, time, location and circumstances must all be indicated correctly on the ticket. Many motorists choose to consult with a traffic ticket attorney to help them evaluate the validity of the ticket, and whether or not it is likely to be dismissed in court.
If you lost a traffic ticket after receiving it, you must contact the court where the ticket is answerable.