States that make you show up for tickets ?

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  1. BlueThunderr

    BlueThunderr Medium Load Member

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    Hey I was just curious...Does anyone know what states you have to show up for if you get a ticket ? I know some allow for just your lawyer to show up in place of you...Which states do you have to show up in person ? Thanks
     
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  3. Thrasher28

    Thrasher28 Heavy Load Member

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    I think it's more of a district discretion thing, moreso than a state thing. I know when I got a ticket for being a bad boy in PA, the attorney I called asked what district to see if they could represent me without me appearing.
     
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  4. 86scotty

    86scotty Road Train Member

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    I've always thought showing up was optional unless it's bad enough that they mandate you being there.

    On the one or two out of state tickets I've had in my life there was no way I was going back in person.

    I went to one local in person once to try and pay the court costs and keep the points off my record. They recorded the points anyway.
     
  5. roundhouse

    roundhouse Road Train Member

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    It varies a lot .

    the cops and courts usually don’t want you to show up , they just want the money so they encourage you to mail in the money and plead guilty

    they don’t want you taking up court time .

    However there are SOME violations that have a mandatory court appearance .

    under a certain age

    over a certain speed

    And other certain violations require the accused to appear in person .
    You can and should have an attorney , but when the attorney had delayed it as much as possible , then YOU have to show up as well .
     
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  6. TripleSix

    TripleSix God of Roads

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    From what I have seen, if they really want you to show up to court in person, they will arrest you and make you post bond.
     
  7. Pepper24

    Pepper24 Road Train Member

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    It doesn’t matter the state it’s what the ticket is for example a speeding you’re not going to have to be there a careless and reckless you’re going to have to be there it depends on the class of the ticket
     
  8. Moosetek13

    Moosetek13 Road Train Member

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    If you drive legally you really should not have to worry about it.
     
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  9. BlueThunderr

    BlueThunderr Medium Load Member

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    The company I work for is threatening to terminate drivers if they don't show up in court and fight and have the ticket dismissed
     
  10. BlueThunderr

    BlueThunderr Medium Load Member

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    This has nothing to do with me...I am posting this for a decades long driver at our company who asked me to...He wants to have a conversation with the higher ups at our company regarding this...Our company is threatening to terminate drivers if they don't show up for tickets and fight them...Would you like to talk to that driver or our safety department about this ? I can get you phone numbers.
     
  11. buzzarddriver

    buzzarddriver Road Train Member

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    If your company wants to foot the bill for you showing up, sounds fine. They can even pay the lawyer. Otherwise, they can pound sand.
     
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