You could also go to a city or county jail for up to one year.
Signing the “ticket” is not an admission of guilt but is a promise to appear in the listed court no later than the listed date.
If you refuse to sign the ticket the officer is required by law to take you into custody and present you before a judge for arraignment on the charges.
When an officer gives you a ticket, it is for one of three possible kinds of citations: Parking tickets are not filed with the court.
A parking ticket shows the amount you must pay to the parking agency where the violation occurred. Or if you think you should not have gotten the ticket, contact the parking agency listed on the ticket and ask them what to do.
For more information on correctable violations, and how to get your certificate of correction, go to the Correctable Violations (“Fix-It” Tickets) section below.
If you get a photo citation, such as when a camera takes a photo of you in your car at a red light or at a railroad-grade crossing, you will get a notice in the mail about how to handle the ticket.In either case, setting the matter for a trial without appearing before a judge will require that you deposit the bail amount along with the request.The court may require payment of bail at arraignment before trial if: If you do not wish to challenge your traffic citation—and there is no mandatory court appearance—you must pay the bail for noncorrectable violations, and provide proof of correction and pay the fees for any correctable violations by the due date on the citation.If the charges do not involve alcohol or drugs, the officer can ask you to sign the ticket, also called the “Notice to Appear.” Signing the “Notice to Appear” does NOT mean that you admit you are guilty. You must go to court on the date shown on your ticket unless the court sends a notice telling you a different date for your hearing.For more serious misdemeanors, like driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs, you could pay close to ,000.(You can also see if the parking agency has a website with instructions about how to handle your parking ticket.) The longer you wait to pay your ticket, the more you may have to pay.