How to Get a Continuance for a Traffic Violation

By Ann Mapleridge - Updated June 20, 2017
Woman calling court to request continuance

Being cited for a traffic violation often means a trip to court. If your court date is swiftly approaching and you're not ready, getting a continuance from the court for your traffic violation can be pretty easy, and can buy you some extra time to build your case and get prepared for court.

Call the number for the court listed on your traffic violation and explain that you would like a continuance. In many states, a continuance may be able to be granted over the phone, depending on the nature of your violation.

Check the website of the court in your area and see if there is a place on the site to file for a continuance for your ticket, or an address where you can write and request a continuance through the mail.

Go to court on the day listed on your ticket and ask the DA for a continuance. While a continuance may be granted with no questions asked, come prepared with a reason you need the continuance and documentation (if available) of that reason. For instance if you've been in the hospital for a month, bring your hospital bill.

Bring justification for a continuance with you to court and ask the judge for a continuance when you arrive. For instance, if you are having your speedometer calibrated for a speeding ticket, let the judge know you need more time.

Hire a lawyer and have her file for a continuance with the court.

Tip

Always file for a continuance before your court date. Missing a court date without filing beforehand could result in further charges, or even your arrest for failure to appear.

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