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Hi my name is ***** ***** I am a Victorian solicitor. Thanks for your question. Depending on your state, the Summons may have information sent with it as to how you can pay the fine and avoid going to court. If there is, pay the fine and you need not attend. Alternatively, ring the contact number on the Summons to see if it can be dealt with via fine without appearance. However, if there is no option stated, then you have to attend court. If you committed the act, then plead guilty - there is nothing to be nervous about - if you are uncomfortable appearing, then most courts have a "duty lawyer" that can appear for you for free or for a nominal fee, if you decide to plead guilty. Hope this has been of assistance, and if so, please remember to rate my answer. Best regards, Jared.
Hi, apologies if I was not clear. No you cannot. The summons is issued by the court and you are required to appear. But as I said in my previous note, if you are pleading guilty, you may not need to say anything in court - you can engage the duty lawyer, which should put you at ease. I hope this has been of assistance. Regards, Jared