Update: I have a court date, what should I do?Submitted by George Strait on Wed, 01/08/2014 - 15:03
Update: The judge was taking "no testimony" that day, and taking guilty/not guilty pleas. A guilty plea meant you could ask for traffic school.
Very poor people appeared to be pleading not guilty. Old hands seemed to be pleading guilty. I plead not guilty. One guy seemed to manage a deal that involved a commercial driver's license or something. He kept it quiet.
Court date in March. Apparently a conviction, according to the board, costs exactly as much as a ticket.
I was accused of a rolling stop, and ticketed. I have a court date.
What if I show up in court instead of paying the ticket?
I am in Alabama; has anyone ever shown up instead of paying?
I remembered that in California if you show up and your accuser isn't there, you get the ticket dismissed (sometimes). Maybe this isn't true.
Philosophically, I feel like showing up would be the personally affirming thing to do, and might be educational instead of just handing my stuff over to the State.
I am tempted to see what I can do in court, is there a potential downside to this?