I have to go to traffic court in Virginia on Monday for the first time. Any tips or help is appreciated!

Last September my front license plate lost a mounting screw, and when I noticed it, I took it off, intending to find a replacement screw and put it back. Then I half liked the way it looked and half kept forgetting to hang the plate back up, but got pulled over for it in October.

I kicked myself for being stupid, hung the plate back up, and a few weeks later went online to pay the fine. However, after going through the system, the entry said “undetermined fine” or something. When I called the courthouse information line, the lady said it was not a prepayable offense. Seems weird for something seemingly small like a missing front plate, but okay.

So what can I expect at court, in your vast collective experience?