Received a ticket for reckless driving- ticket is incomplete-does not have make or model of vehicle- which was a four wheeler... officer did not write owner of vehicle or address of ownerDoes not have day of violation and has distance in feet from intersection completed as Hyde and 5032... These is no court case number XXXXX was trying to pay ticket on lineWas riding four wheeler in city limits- neighbor accused me of killing dog-called police- police came to my house and investigated four-wheeler and found no evidence. After seeing my id wrote ticket for Reckless Driving.
Country relating to Question: United States
State (if USA): South Carolina
Tried to contact local lawyer for free advise, but got no response- am questioning if the ticket is valid- decided to pay the fine on Friday, but the court payment center was closed. Am trying to pay online now, but the payment center is requesting a court case number XXX there is not one on the ticket. The appearance date is Monday and I am not able to leave work without the possiblity of losing my job.
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IS the ticket valid without the complete information? If I have to pay it where would I find the court case number XXXXX that I can pay it. And if I can't get it there by 1:00pm Monday May 7 what will happen?
The standard is that the officer must properly put you on notice as to the law violation. As a general rule, this would require a date and time of the offense as well as a statute number for the specific offense cited. The other information, such as make and model of the vehicle, is not required for the document to be properly completed. While this information is certainly helpful, especially for the officer in the event of a hearing, it is not necessary for this to be a valid citation.
If you are having troubles making payment, you should consider calling the clerk of the court first thing tomorrow morning. If you can give the clerk your name, date of birth and the date of the offense, they can look everything else up for you. Once the ticket is located, the clerk could then help you make payment arrangements, thereby eliminating the need to appear in court in the afternoon.
If you fail to pay and fail to appear, you will be found guilty of the citation and ordered to pay fines and costs and, if not resolved, it could lead to a suspension of your license.
Please let me know if anything requires clarification.
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