What happens if you do not show up at court for a speeding ticket? 47 Answers as of July 11, 2013

If I get a speeding ticket and neither the cop or I show up at court, will the ticket be thrown out?

Ask a Local Attorney. 100% Anonymous. Free Answers.

Free Case Evaluation by a Local Lawyer: Click here
Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider
Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider | Peter Goldscheider
No. If you dont' show a warrant may be issue for your arrest or the trial can be held in your absence. If you then do not pay the fine, your license will be suspended.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 7/21/2011
Michael Anthony Wing, P.C.
Michael Anthony Wing, P.C. | Michael Anthony Wing
A warrant for your failure to appear will issue. If you show up and the officer does not, then typically the ticket will be dismissed. Some court's regularly give either side one reset, but the defendant must be present. Stay well.
Answer Applies to: Alabama
Replied: 6/30/2011
Khayoumi Law Firm
Khayoumi Law Firm | Salim A. Khayoumi
The ticket will most likely not be thrown out. Depending on the jurisdiction, a defendant who fails to appear for a scheduled court hearing will typically find himself/herself in even more legal trouble. For example, under NM Law a judge may issue a failure to appear (FTA) warrant for the arrest of a defendant who failed to appear at his/her scheduled court setting. If caught in a similar type legal predicament, it's critically important to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney licensed to practice in your state before being arrested on the warrant.
Answer Applies to: New Mexico
Replied: 6/28/2011
Michael R. Nack, Attorney at Law
Michael R. Nack, Attorney at Law | Michael R. Nack
In Missouri almost every court will issue a warrant for your arrest. Some will send out a Notice giving yo a second chance to appear. Some will issue a new separate charge i.e., "failure to appear". Why don't you hire an attorney to take care of this for you. An attorney will save you a lot more money than the attorney will cost you.
Answer Applies to: Missouri
Replied: 6/24/2011
Healan Law Offices
Healan Law Offices | William D. Healan, III
If you don't show up, the ticket will not be thrown out. To the contrary, a warrant for your arrest might be issued and your license might be suspended.
Answer Applies to: Georgia
Replied: 6/23/2011
    Law Office of Richard Williams
    Law Office of Richard Williams | Richard Williams
    If you fail to show up for court on any offense the court will normally issue an alias warrant for your arrest, they may also charge you with the additional offense of failure to appear, and your driving license will be suspended until the ticket is cleared.If the officer does not appear, and you are present, they will either reset the case or will dismiss same.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 6/23/2011
    Edward  D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law
    Edward D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law | Edward D. Dowling IV
    If you do not show up the court may issue a warrant for your arrest whether the officer was there or not. if you show up a couple of times and the officer is not there the 3rd time then you may be able to get the case dismissed.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 6/23/2011
    Pontrello Law
    Pontrello Law | William Pontrello
    Default entered, fine assessed, license suspended.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 6/22/2011
    Law Office of Jonathan T. Sarre
    Law Office of Jonathan T. Sarre | Jonathan T. Sarre
    Typically, if the cop doesn't show, the ticket gets thrown out. If you don't show, you get defaulted (convicted). If neither of you show, I've seen it happen both ways. I've seen the judge dismiss the ticket and I've seen the judge find that the defendant had failed to appear and issue a default judgment. There is no statute that I'm aware of in Oregon that tells the judge "the right" way to deal with that scenario.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 6/22/2011
    Attorney at Law
    Attorney at Law | Steven C. Bullock
    The ticket will go into default, meaning that you will owe a set amount and your drivers license may end up being suspended. Not a good situation.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 6/22/2011
    Michael Breczinski
    Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
    No a speeding ticket is usually a civil infraction. They will enter a default against you and you will have to pay a fine and have points on your license. You should show up an if the cop does not show up at the hearing, then it would be dismissed, if you ask for it. That is NOT at the intial court date usually.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 6/22/2011
    The Law Office of Kevin O'Grady
    The Law Office of Kevin O'Grady | Kevin O'Grady
    If the speeding ticket is civil, and you requested a hearing, and you failed to show up, and you are unrepresented, the court will probably find in favor of the state. If it is a criminal matter and you are unrepresented and failed to appear a bench warrant may issue for your arrest.
    Answer Applies to: Hawaii
    Replied: 6/22/2011
    Thomas J. Tomko Attorney At law
    Thomas J. Tomko Attorney At law | Thomas J. Tomko
    If you do not show up at Court, then you will be defaulted, and non-payment can mean suspension of your license. If the Police Officer does not show up on a hearing date (not a pre-trial) then you can ask to have the case dismissed.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 6/22/2011
    Andersen Law PLLC
    Andersen Law PLLC | Craig Andersen
    No. If you subpoena the cop, and you attend court in his absence, you can get your case dismissed. If the cop is not subpoenaed and you fail to appear, the court will default you on the citation and fine you and place the citation in FTA status. Then you will have to return to the issuing court. In the interim, your license is likely to be suspended until you take care of the ticket. If you fail to return to the court, you will start incurring interest on the fine. Also, if this ticket was for driving while suspended, DUI, Reckless Driving or any misdemeanor, the judge will sign a warrant for your arrest. So attend hearing. If you missed it contact the court ASAP and get scheduled for a hearing in front of judge who ordered your arrest to ask the court to quash the warrant. The longer you put off resolution of this matter will be the longer and more severe punishment.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 6/22/2011
    Law Offices of John Carney
    Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
    If you do not send in the ticket or appear in court the judge will suspend your registration and you will not be able to register your car. You may also have your license suspended under certain circumstances.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 6/22/2011
    Nelson & Lawless
    Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
    You fail to show, a warrant is issued for you. The officer fails to show, with you there, then the ticket may be dismissed, or the court may continue the case to a new date and try again.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/22/2011
    Law Office of Phillip Weiser
    Law Office of Phillip Weiser | Phillip L. Weiser
    If you fail to appear, the court will send notice to the State and your drivers license can be suspended, also you will most likely be subject to an arrest on a Fail To Appear Warrant.
    Answer Applies to: Kansas
    Replied: 6/22/2011
    The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr. | Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    eventually a warrant is issued for your arrest and DMV suspends your driving privilege. Failing to appear is really not a very good idea.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/22/2011
    Law Office of Joe Dane
    Law Office of Joe Dane | Joe Dane
    When you were cited, that's your obligation to appear or a warrant goes out for your arrest. The officer only has to show up if they're subpoenaed for trial, not at the first court date.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/22/2011
    Law Office of Jared Altman
    Law Office of Jared Altman | Jared Altman
    Your driver's license will be suspended and you could then later be charged with a more serious offense of not driving with a valid license.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 6/21/2011
    Jules N. Fiani, Attorney at Law
    Jules N. Fiani, Attorney at Law | Jules Fiani
    It is possible that it will get thrown out if the police officer does not show up at court. Consult with an attorney on all traffic offenses.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 6/21/2011
    Palumbo and Kosofsky
    Palumbo and Kosofsky | Michael Palumbo
    If you fail to appear for a speeding ticket your license will be suspended and a warrant could, but is usually not, be issued for your arrest. Whether or not the police officer also fails to appear is not relevant. However, if you retain our law firm to represent you we go to court for you - you will never have to go to court or come to our office. Call us for a no obligation phone consultation.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 6/21/2011
    Harden Law Offices
    Harden Law Offices | Leonard D. Harden
    If you fail to appear a default is entered against you and a fine plus the speed would be on record. If is was speeding over a certain limit and you were obligated to appear, a warrant for your arrest may issue.
    Answer Applies to: New Hampshire
    Replied: 6/21/2011
    Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg
    Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg | Eric Sterkenburg
    The ticket will not be thrown out you will be found guilty of the offense and a bench warrant will be issued.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/21/2011
    Law Office of Andrew Subin
    Law Office of Andrew Subin | Andrew Subin
    No. You will be found to have committed the offense and you will be fined. If you dont pay, the fine will be sent to a collection agency, and your license can be suspended.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 6/21/2011
    Frances R. Johnson
    Frances R. Johnson | Frances R. Johnson
    Is it set for trial or just a plea?
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 7/11/2013
    Allan & Summary
    Allan & Summary | Justin Summary
    No, a warrant will most likely be issued for you. The cop does not have to show up for anything but your trial date.
    Answer Applies to: Missouri
    Replied: 6/21/2011
    Fitzpatrick, Mariano, & Santos, PC
    Fitzpatrick, Mariano, & Santos, PC | Raymond J. Savoy
    You are required to appear in court. If you fail to appear, the court will issue a warrant for your arrest.
    Answer Applies to: Connecticut
    Replied: 6/21/2011
    Miller & Harrison, LLC
    Miller & Harrison, LLC | David Harrison
    If you don't show up, the conviction for speeding will enter + your license will eventually be suspended until you pay the fine. If you set a trial + the cop fails to show but you do show, the ticket will be dismissed.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 6/21/2011
    Harrison & Harrison
    Harrison & Harrison | Samuel Harrison
    If you don't show up for court, a bench warrant will be issued. You will be arrested and put in jail until the court can hear your case. Usually, the first court date for a ticket is to determine who is going to plead guilty and who wants a trial. The trial cases are given another court date and the arresting officer is summoned to appear for trial. If the officer does not show up FOR TRIAL the judge may dismiss the case, but it can also be reset for a later date if the officer was not present for a legitimate reason.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 6/21/2011
    Craig W. Elhart, P.C.
    Craig W. Elhart, P.C. | Craig Elhart
    If the officer does not show up and you do, it is likely that the ticket will be dismissed or the court could adjourn and reset the hearing. If you do not show up, a default will be entered against you and you will be responsible for the ticket. You must appear.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 6/21/2011
    The English Law Firm
    The English Law Firm | Robert English
    Nope - if you do not show up, then any bail you post is forfeit and the ticket will probably go to collections. All you end up with is a failure to appear or bail forfeiture. The only exception I can think of off the top of my head is if you submitted to a "trial by declaration." In that case, you would have sent in a written declaration in lieu of testimony and the case would be decided on your declaration.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/21/2011
    Law Office of Rankin Johnson IV, LLC
    Law Office of Rankin Johnson IV, LLC | Rankin Johnson IV
    It's possible, but it's more likely that the court will enter a default judgment against you and you'll have to pay the fine.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 6/21/2011
    Law Office of Tracey S. Sang
    Law Office of Tracey S. Sang | Tracey Sang
    If you don't show up, you will be assessed a civil penalty of several hundred dollars. This can possibly be waived later if you have a good explanation why you missed the date. So, even if the cop doesn't show, your case will not be dismissed if YOU don't show.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/21/2011
    Lacy Fields, Attorney at Law, LLC
    Lacy Fields, Attorney at Law, LLC | Lacy Fields
    Nope, at least not in my experience. A warrant will be issued for your arrest (unless they decide to send you a warning and a new court date). They may also send a "hold" or a request for suspension to the department of revenue. Your license could be suspended. Then the next time you are pulled over, you will receive a "driving while suspended" charge in addition to the traffic violation. Those charges are very expensive to fix. You should contact an attorney to help you recall the warrant if you already missed the court date.
    Answer Applies to: Missouri
    Replied: 6/21/2011
    Bird & Van Dyke, Inc.
    Bird & Van Dyke, Inc. | Mary Ann Bird
    If you fail to appear for a court date, a warrant for your arrest will be issued by the Court.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/21/2011
    Mercado & Hartung
    Mercado & Hartung | Stephanie Hartung
    If you failed to appear the judge will enter the infraction as committed and you will have to pay the full amount. The officer is only required to appear if you (or your lawyer) subpoena him/her to show, however, even if you did that the judge would still find against you for not appearing.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 6/21/2011
    Law Offices of Phil Hache
    Law Offices of Phil Hache | Phil Hache
    You or your attorney needs to show up in Court. If there is a failure to show up, the court would likely add an additional charge of Failure to Appear, charge an additional civil penalty, and may place a suspension on your license. It is possible for a court to also issue a bench warrant for your failure to appear.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/21/2011
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
    Absolutely not. You likely have a warrant, and you may also have lost your right to a trial.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/21/2011
    Law Office of Cotter C. Conway
    Law Office of Cotter C. Conway | Cotter C. Conway
    If you fail to appear for a scheduled court appearance, then a warrant will likely be issued for you arrest (even if the cop also does not show up for the hearing). A ticket will not be "thrown out" because the cop doesn't show unless you appear for the scheduled trial.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 6/21/2011
    Law Office of James E. Smith
    Law Office of James E. Smith | James Smith
    If you don't show up you'll get a warrant for your arrest. If you show up and the cop does not it'll get dismissed.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 6/21/2011
    Klisz Law Office, PLLC
    Klisz Law Office, PLLC | Timothy J. Klisz
    No, you will be in default and must reset the date or pay the ticket.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 6/21/2011
    Austin Legal Services, PLC
    Austin Legal Services, PLC | Jared Austin
    If you have a scheduled court date for a traffic ticket you need to show up or else you run the risk of being defaulted because you are supposed to show up.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 6/21/2011
    Law Offices of Elliott Zarabi
    Law Offices of Elliott Zarabi | Elliott Zarabi
    You mean for a court date? Well, in CA they usually issue a bench warrant.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/21/2011
    Cynthia Henley, Lawyer
    Cynthia Henley, Lawyer | Cynthia Henley
    A warrant will be issued for your arrest. Unless the case is set for trial, then the police officer has no obligation to be there. Even if it is set for trial and he has been subpoenaed, then he must answer to the party subpoenaing him, and possibly the judge, for failure to appear. However, when you signed the ticket, you were doing so on your promise to appear in lieu of being arrested. If you fail to show, then your signature on the ticket is no longer valid and a warrant issues for you.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 6/21/2011
Click to View More Answers:
12 3 4 5 6 7 8 Free Legal QuestionsConnect with a local attorney