Do I need to show up to court for my traffic ticket?

We get it. You made a mistake. Maybe you got pulled over for speeding. Or maybe you had a headlight out. You were issued a traffic ticket. You felt you should have received a warning, but you now have a ticket and a court date.

What do you do next?

First, read the ticket carefully. Make sure you understand all of the information on the ticket. Some tickets will state whether a court appearance is mandatory. And is some cases, an appearance in court on the date and time set is mandatory. Significant consequences can occur if you fail to make such an appearance.

But what happens next?

You have a few options. You can look to handle the issue on your own. However, that may be a challenge. You may not have time (work, school, family, life) and you may not understand the law and procedure of Wisconsin traffic law or your local court.

An attorney can help.

Our attorneys are well versed in the law and practice locally in Northeast Wisconsin. We know the courts. We know the prosecuting attorneys. We can give you an idea of what options you may have and what steps can be taken to get this ticket in your rearview.

Contact P&D today at 920-739-9900 or visit to reach out.