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Old 01-Apr-2008, 12:32 AM
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Help: Traffic Violation

Back in September I got a ticket for failing to stop at a stop sign. I know this sounds really silly but somehow I missed a stop sign on a small residential street. I recently got a letter with my court date and my offence as stated in the letter was "disobey stop sign"

After the officer issued me the ticket he told me to just simply take it to court and that there was a 90% chance that he wasn't going to show up.

This is my first traffic violation and I am writing to find out if you guys can tell me whether I should take his advice and fight the ticket on my own or whether I should hire an ex-copper.

I also recall reading on some forum how some ppl would reschedule their court date hoping that the officer would not show up on the new court date. Is this true?

Any suggestions is appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 01-Apr-2008, 01:08 AM
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um i would never bring it to a x copper place unless it is a major speeding fine.. most of the time if you go in go 10 min early and talk to the prosecuter you can most likely get the points dropped and just have to pay a fine.. but i usually reschedule it if hes their and hope hes not the next time and if he is you bargain with the prosecuter and if that doesnt help you tell them you wanna hire a lawyer lol yes it is true u can reschedule your courtdate and hope that next time he doesnt show..
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Old 01-Apr-2008, 04:43 AM
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so if the cop said that then go. Worse case he shows up and you say you dont have the funds and ask for less of a monitary penalty
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Old 01-Apr-2008, 05:45 AM
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Take it to court and see what happens, the worst thing thats going to happen
is that you are going to have to pay the ticket.
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Old 01-Apr-2008, 07:03 AM
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dont believe a word the cop says....i had a cop say the same thing but he showed up
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Old 01-Apr-2008, 07:23 AM
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Yeah, I wouldnt believe the cop, but I would still fight it.

I had the same fine and took it to X-coppers.. never again will I do that unless its like a huge speeding fine, witch I would never get.
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Old 14-May-2008, 08:28 AM
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If you take it to court, check the docket before you speak to the prosecuter. Find out how many cases the officer has. If it's more than 1 or 2 then it's likely that he'll show up. You have his badge number on your ticket so you can also casually look around the court area to see if he's there (if you don't remember what he looks like). If he's there, then you can prepare to plead with the prosecuter. If he's not there, then your case will likely be tossed out.
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Originally Posted by kingjames1983 View Post
so if the cop said that then go. Worse case he shows up and you say you dont have the funds and ask for less of a monitary penalty
That usually always works. Try it.
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