What you need to do is get yourself an attorney because if you never dealt with the ticket, there may be a warrant out there for you.
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You really do need to speak with a lawyer in the area of the state where you have this ticket. While some lawyers concentrate on tickets, any good criminal defense lawyer can at least give you advice based on the details of your situation about what is the best way to address this matter.
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I agree with my colleague, you need to be concerned about whether or not a warrant has issued. Justice of the Peace (or JPs) are not required to be lawyers and therefore they are not courts of record. You do need to hire an attorney, which could be costly in comparison to the amount you may owe to just pay the whole thing off. However, your attorney may consider attacking the conviction on lack of notice and due process and ask that the judgement be set aside. The written instrument that the attorney may be limited to a writ of habeas, because your right to appeal the judgment may have already passed if a judgement of conviction has already been entered and 10-30 days has passed.