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Hi! I'm Liz and I've been an attorney for 6 years. Just so you are aware, JA is just a legal information site. We do not provide representation and no attorney client relationship is formed. You may get a prompt for a phone call, that is sent by the system and not by me. So it depends, if it was a serious traffic offense that could result in jail time, missing a court date could result in a warrant. For a non serious offense, you have two options:
1. Pay the ticket— This will solve the problem, fix any license suspension, and life goes on. However, I do not recommend this. By simply paying the Maryland traffic citation, you are automatically going to receive a conviction and any points associated with the charge.
2. Pay and reset for trial–This is the preferred option. Although you will have to pay the fine, you will get the money back if you beat the ticket. Just go to the Maryland clerk’s office in the county that you are charged in and tell them you want to reset the case. That way, you won’t get the points and the conviction, you’ll fix any license suspension imposed, and you will get new court date.
So paying your fine would lead to it being settled. You only need to attend the court date if you wish to challenge the citation.
So being late may result in additional fines, you also may have a bench warrant that you may need to address.