What happens if the cop does not show up in court for a speeding ticket? 30 Answers as of May 27, 2011

I got a speeding ticket today. If I plead not guilty and the cop doesnt show up at the trial what happens? Also, if he does show up and I cant pay the fine, how much community service does one usually get for a speeding ticket?

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The Law Firm of David Jolly
The Law Firm of David Jolly | David Jolly
If the officer fails to appear at your contested hearing your ticket will be dismissed - IF - you properly request he be present (ie. Subpoena). Check your local court rules regarding requesting the officer's presence.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 5/27/2011
Theodore W. Robinson, P.C.
Theodore W. Robinson, P.C. | Theodore W. Robinson
Usually, the first time the police don't show up, they will adjourn your case and tell you to return again, but if that happens again or twice more, then the case will usually be dismissed. Good luck.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 5/13/2011
Craig W. Elhart, P.C.
Craig W. Elhart, P.C. | Craig Elhart
If the officer does not show up for court, generally the ticket is dismissed. As for not being able to pay the fine, the court usually gives you 10 days to pay the fine. Typically, the court will not allow community service in lieu of the fine. However, the court may allow more time if you request and there is a good reason to give more time. Failure to timely pay a fine can result in the Secretary of State revoking your driver's license. If you want further information, contact us.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 5/12/2011
Edward  D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law
Edward D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law | Edward D. Dowling IV
Generally if the officer does not show up the first time the case is adjourned for a second time. If the officer does not show up on the 2nd or possibly 3rd time, the case can be dismissed. Sentencing regarding fines or community service is up to the judge. Regarding fines if you can not pay at the time of the plea the judge will give you time to pay , many times this can be months.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 5/12/2011
Dearbonn Law Offices
Dearbonn Law Offices | Ajibola Oluyemisi Oladapo
If the cop does not show up and you plead not guilty, this may send a message to the court that he may not be serious about prosecuting the case further.you may move the court to dismiss the case. Please note however, that this depends on his reasons for not showing up. He may have cogent reasons for being absent and if these reasons are brought to the court's notice, The most you will get will be a continuation of your hearing. The about average community service for a speeding ticket is 50 hours.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 5/10/2011
    NOLA Criminal Law
    NOLA Criminal Law | Townsend Myers
    In this case the prosecutor can request a continuance to get the officer there (in which case, you might have to go back to court later), or can dismiss the case for lack of a witness (in which case, you win).
    Answer Applies to: Louisiana
    Replied: 5/10/2011
    Timothy J. Thill P.C.
    Timothy J. Thill P.C. | Timothy J. Thill
    If the case is set for trial and the cop fails to appear, generally the ticket is thrown out for lack of prosecution. In smaller rural locales, I am not sure if they will toss the case so quickly, but in bigger metro areas, they certainly will. As for costs and fines, they vary from county to county, and penalties range from supervision to traffic safety school to straight convictions. In any case, you can expect to pay hefty fines for court costs, starting at about $150.00, and up, depending on locale. Usually for a ticket like this, they will not give community service in lieu of fines, but should give you adequate time to pay the fine.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 5/9/2011
    Law Office of Richard Williams
    Law Office of Richard Williams | Richard Williams
    If a police office fails to show up for court on the date that a trial is set for a speeding ticket normally, the Court will dismiss the case. That is not always the case as if there is a legitimate reason for the officer not being in Court the judge may reset the case.Community service, in lieu of fines varies from court to court. It is as little as $25.00 per day and as much as $50.00 per day.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 5/9/2011
    Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider
    Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider | Peter Goldscheider
    The judge can continue the case to another day if there is good cause for the officer not appearing or he can dismiss the case. As to the fine you are usually credited $100 for a day's work.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/9/2011
    Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg
    Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg | Eric Sterkenburg
    If the officer does not show up the ticket will be dismissed. Maybe 10 hours.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/9/2011
    Michael Anthony Wing, P.C.
    Michael Anthony Wing, P.C. | Michael Anthony Wing
    The typical disposition is that the city or state, depending on the arresting officer's employer, will be allowed one reset to try to get the officer to court. If the officer doesn't show twice, the ticket is typically dismissed. Sometimes it will be tossed on the first no show. If he does show up, and you are found guilty, you are subject to the trial court's discretion as it relates to community service. Stay well.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 5/9/2011
    Law Offices of Scott G. Hilderman
    Law Offices of Scott G. Hilderman | Scott G. Hilderman
    If the officer does not show up to the trial the ticket is usually dismissed. If you can't pay the ticket the court will give you time to pay the ticket.
    Answer Applies to: Montana
    Replied: 5/9/2011
    Law Office of Andrew Subin
    Law Office of Andrew Subin | Andrew Subin
    If you have sent in a timely subpoena, and the officer fails to show, the ticket will be dismissed. If you did not request the officer ot be present and serve him with a subpoena, the officer does not need to come to court, his sworn statement will be admissible.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 5/9/2011
    Bloom Legal, LLC
    Bloom Legal, LLC | Seth J. Bloom
    If you enter a plea of not guilty and the officer does not show up then it may be possible for the charges to be dropped. The more likely result is that if you appear in court and express your intention to dispute the ticket, the city attorney may offer you the ability to plead to a minor traffic violation in return for paying a lower fine. If you cannot pay the fine the court will probably allow you a time extension or arrange scheduled payments. Remember that failure to pay the fine can eventually result in a bench warrant for your arrest. These are all contingent upon a number of variables though and are not true 100% of the time.
    Answer Applies to: Louisiana
    Replied: 5/9/2011
    Law Office of Phillip Weiser
    Law Office of Phillip Weiser | Phillip L. Weiser
    Usually if a witness does not appear at a trial, the prosecution can either ask the judge for a continuance to allow a second opportunity to produce the witness, or dismiss the case.
    Answer Applies to: Kansas
    Replied: 5/9/2011
    Beaulier Law Office
    Beaulier Law Office | Maury Beaulier
    If the officer does not appear at the time of trial, in most instances the ticket is dismissed.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 5/6/2011
    Law Office of Tracey S. Sang
    Law Office of Tracey S. Sang | Tracey Sang
    If the cop doesn't show, your case will be dismissed - it's your lucky day!
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/6/2011
    The Law Offices of Gabriel Dorman
    The Law Offices of Gabriel Dorman | Gabriel Dorman
    If the police officer does not show up for trial on a traffic citation, your case will be dismissed. If the police officer does show up, then the court will allow you one last chance to take traffic school (if eligible) before the trial starts. After trial, if guilty, most courts will not allow traffic school. As for fines, you can do community service in lieu of paying the fines. The amount of the fines or community service depend on the nature of the violation as they all carry different fine amounts. I hope this answer was helpful. Good luck.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/6/2011
    Law Offices of Ramona Hallam
    Law Offices of Ramona Hallam | Ramona Hallam
    If the officer does not show up, the case will usually be dismissed. The officer will ordinarily show up. As for the fine, the court will usually give you time to pay or give you community service for an amount of time depending on your speed. For instance, in San Diego, fines range from $203.00 to $436.00 for violations under 100 mph, depending on how fast you are traveling. If the court allows you to serve community service at the rate of $29.00 per day for an eight hour day, your community service time will vary according to your speed.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/6/2011
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
    If the cop doesn't show up, the case is dismissed. If he does show up, you'll lose.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/6/2011
    Miller & Harrison, LLC
    Miller & Harrison, LLC | David Harrison
    If the cop does not show up for trial, the case cannot be proven so it gets dismissed. If you lose at trial not all courts will substitute community service for fines, but they may give you time to pay.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 5/6/2011
    Austin Legal Services, PLC
    Austin Legal Services, PLC | Jared Austin
    Usually, the judge will dismiss the case against you if the cop doesn't show. Community Service is not permitted in lieu of fines. If you can't pay the fine right then, you can pay it later or work out arrangements. The important thing is it gets taken care of or else it can come back to haunt you and your driving record.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 5/6/2011
    Nichols Law Firm
    Nichols Law Firm | Michael J. Nichols
    If the arresting officer fails to show the case will be dismissed.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 5/6/2011
    Harden Law Offices
    Harden Law Offices | Leonard D. Harden
    You should move to dismiss for failure to prosecute. Do not agree to a continuance. Courts will allow you to make time payments with a surcharge added. Community service is not normally an alternative to fine payments
    Answer Applies to: New Hampshire
    Replied: 5/6/2011
    Law Offices of John Carney
    Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
    If the officer does not appear for a trial and does not give the court a good reason the judge may either dismiss the charges or give you another court date. If you appear with an attorney the court is more likely to dismiss the speeding ticket. The judge will give you points and a fine if you are convicted or plead guilty, but community service is not usually given for speeding tickets.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 5/6/2011
    Law Office of Michael Morgan, l.L.C.
    Law Office of Michael Morgan, l.L.C. | Michael Morgan
    I can answer about Washington state cases in Washington you have to summon the officer to appear or else the officer's affidavit is admissible as evidence. The court does not have to order community service but $10 an hour is what some courts recognize as the value of community service and can authorize that to cover the entire fine. The way traffic fines often break down, however, it is unusual for 100% of a fine to be converted to community service hours.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 5/6/2011
    Nelson & Lawless
    Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
    It would be dismissed if the officer doesnt appear at trial. Every judge has his own guidelines for fines and community service equivalency ask the court clerk.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/6/2011
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