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Do we have to pay the ticket?

Asked by Mtl_zack (6759points) June 22nd, 2008

me and my parents were parked too long at a meter near harvard square in boston. we live in quebec and we were in a rush to go home. we did the same thing in new york 2 years ago for a speeding ticket and we got a letter from the license bureau saying that they’d take away my dad’s license. does this past “criminal act” affect me or my family? how do i pay?

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babygalll's avatar

It should say on the ticket how to pay it.

marinelife's avatar

Nowadays with all the interconnected databases, it is not a good idea to skip out. I got a speeding ticket in Arkansas, and my husband threw it in the drawer when we got home from the trip and we both forgot it.

About a year later, I was stopped by a policeman at home in Washington because a light was out on our car, and he ran my driver’s license which had been suspended because of the unpaid Arkansas ticket, and I DID NOT EVEN KNOW IT. We had moved twice in two years, and the mail did not catch up.

Driving with a suspended license is a felony! I had to retain an attorney, go to court. It was time consuming and extremely humiliating, The charge was pled down to a misdemeanor, but I had to pay a big fine too.

As to how you pay, there is always an address to send it to on the citation.

Knotmyday's avatar

If you don’t take care of your ticket, a bench warrant for your arrest will be issued. That doesn’t mean that they will come kick down your door, but if you are stopped for speeding or some other minor infraction, the bench warrant will pop up in your records checks and you will go to jail. Fun, eh?
The arrest will remain on your record, and will pop up during background investigations. Bye-bye good job!
Summary- take care of your ticket.

Strauss's avatar

In 1976, I was involved in a minor fender-bender in Illinois (my fault). Being young and dumb, I left town without resolving the issue, just never drove any more. Several years later (1979), I was in New Orleans, needed driver’s license for a job. Told them I never had a license, and was issued one. Another dumb move, but it worked for a few years. A few years after that, I was able to get my Louisiana license transferred to Texas (1981), no problem. Kept TX license current, transferred to Florida (1988) and Georgia (1992). In 1996 (20 years after the first incident) we moved to Colorado, and technology caught up with me. I had to go to Illinois, clear the suspension on my license, and reapply for a license in Colorado. It took me about six months and about $1000 to get everything straightened out.

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