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Old 08-11-05, 04:18 AM
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I Have a Legal Question

So I got a ticket a week or so ago for speeding. I am required to go to court. The police officer that wrote out my ticket made my court date 8/11/2005 at 7:30pm. Now here's the kicker: The court that I am summoned to is not open at 7:30pm. It seems like the officer made a mistake, and it seems to be a pretty big mistake. I plan on reporting to the court on the small chance that I am wrong just to make sure. But if it is indeed closed, what should I do?

I guess I should call the court and tell them, right? Can't I refuse to be re-scheduled? What will happen with the ticket? Am I even being expected to appear at court since the time was wrong?
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Old 08-11-05, 04:29 AM
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Go to the court house as soon as it opens, and see the court clerk. Show him/her your ticket and he/she can pull the docket to see when you are really supposed to be there. Whatever happens, you don't want the judge to issue a bench warrant for your arrest cause you weren't there.

That, or plead no contest, pay the fine, and walk out.

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Go to court wearing a dress and plead insanity. It helps if you punch yourself in the face while talking to the judge.
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Originally Posted by Forum Troll
Go to the court house as soon as it opens, and see the court clerk. Show him/her your ticket and he/she can pull the docket to see when you are really supposed to be there. Whatever happens, you don't want the judge to issue a bench warrant for your arrest cause you weren't there.

That, or plead no contest, pay the fine, and walk out.


I'm with the troll.
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Be sure to take a wheelbarrow full of pennies to dump on the floor to pay for your ticket.
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Tell them that you were playing lots of Outrun 2 and that "Life is a videogame; everybody's has to speed sometimes, otherwise you won't make it to the checkpoint in time to get a time extension."
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My advice is the same as Forum Troll except that I would talk to the prosecuting attorney and offer to double down to a non-moving violation (pay twice the ticket amount to have it reduced).
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Old 08-11-05, 09:43 AM
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I've gotten several speeding tickets and had them all reduced to non-moving violations. Most court systems are so backed up that they will plead down, just so they don't have to deal with your court case. Usually you'll pay the fined and come away with a 2 or 3 pt violation depending on how fast you were going.
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...or you could pay in 2$ bills.
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Old 08-11-05, 09:47 AM
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Originally Posted by Joe Molotov
Tell them that you were playing lots of Outrun 2 and that "Life is a videogame; everybody's has to speed sometimes, otherwise you won't make it to the checkpoint in time to get a time extension."
That damn blonde sitting next to me in the Ferrari is the one who is always egging me on to go faster.

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Old 08-11-05, 10:07 AM
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Originally Posted by Minor Threat
My advice is the same as Forum Troll except that I would talk to the prosecuting attorney and offer to double down to a non-moving violation (pay twice the ticket amount to have it reduced).
I agree with this in principal, but hear what he offers first. I've never heard of paying twice the ticket value.

$75 speeding ticket in Illinois, paid $100 for a safe driving course (ticket went away)

$125 in tickets (no turn signal, not stopping at a stop sign) in Illinois, paid $150 for "court supervision" (ticket went away after 90 days of no more tickets)

(from my sister) $90 speeding ticket in Missouri, had it changed to a $125 loud muffler violation (her muffler was fine), though she also paid $100 to an attorney since she doesn't live in Missouri. Speeding ticket went away.
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Old 08-11-05, 11:18 AM
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I say screw it. If the ticket says 7:30 PM, you show up at 7:30 PM. If they want to meet you, fine, but I'd say that's pretty much the end of your obligation.

Also when the officer wrote 8/11/05... is that August 11... or November 8? Why should the court only recognize the America standard of month-day-year instead of the European standard of day-year-month? Show up on November 8th at 7:30 PM and dare them to issue a bench warrant.

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Old 08-11-05, 01:57 PM
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Thanks for the help everyone.

Now see I would have went to the court if I read everyones responses in time but thanks to my late night summer partying I didn't wake up until 1pm, when the court closes. Yes, I am an idiot.

So I guess I'm with NCmojo now. Unfortunatly, the ticket clearly states month-day-year. He wrote 8 under month, 11 under day and so on. So I'm going to go to court at 7:30pm, and if they want to meet with me I'll have my $150 singles ready to pay them and if its closed, I'll call them when its open tomorrow and tell them what happened.
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Old 08-11-05, 02:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Goat3001
Thanks for the help everyone.

Now see I would have went to the court if I read everyones responses in time but thanks to my late night summer partying I didn't wake up until 1pm, when the court closes. Yes, I am an idiot.

So I guess I'm with NCmojo now. Unfortunatly, the ticket clearly states month-day-year. He wrote 8 under month, 11 under day and so on. So I'm going to go to court at 7:30pm, and if they want to meet with me I'll have my $150 singles ready to pay them and if its closed, I'll call them when its open tomorrow and tell them what happened.
Oh, sure... pay the man... that's just what they want you to do.

Are you going to take this crap? I say, sure, show up at the courthouse with your ticket in your hand... but then yank down your pants and wipe your ass with it while screaming out obscenities about our fraudulent American justice system.

FIGHT THE POWER!!!
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Is it possible that it really is 7:30 pm, as in night traffic court?
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Old 08-11-05, 03:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Heat
Is it possible that it really is 7:30 pm, as in night traffic court?
I doubt it. I called today to ask for directions in case it was open and again I got the answering machine saying that the courts summer hours are Monday-Thursday 8:00am-1:00pm.
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Old 08-11-05, 05:14 PM
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OK, though some places do have night court (remember the TV show "Night Court"?)
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Originally Posted by Goat3001
I doubt it. I called today to ask for directions in case it was open and again I got the answering machine saying that the courts summer hours are Monday-Thursday 8:00am-1:00pm.
Wow, so even if the cop wrote the wrong a.m. he still got it wrong. Where did he pull that time from?
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OK, though some places do have night court (remember the TV show "Night Court"?)
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Why are you required to go to court?
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Old 08-11-05, 09:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Green Smurf
Wow, so even if the cop wrote the wrong a.m. he still got it wrong. Where did he pull that time from?
Which is why I thought it was so weird. I saw the ticket the first time and thought he made a mistake because I assumed that most courts are actually closed by 5pm. So I called and found out that their hours are 8-1. So I thought that maybe the cop didn't make a mistake and it was just one of those so odd it has to be right things.

Why are you required to go to court?
Because the cop said I was supposed to. I think its because I had 2 moving violations within a month.

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