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Traffic Summons

Individuals that have received a traffic summons will have decisions to make on how to handle their traffic summons. Uncertainties of what a traffic summons means and how to defend traffic summons often lead to questions like the ones answered below.

What is traffic summons?

A traffic summons is a traffic ticket that contains a citation and a summons to appear in court. Determination of guilt will be made in court. Certain traffic summons allow for the fines to be paid in lieu of a court appearance.

I was given a traffic summons for passing a dessert truck in the city of Newark, New Jersey 45 minutes after the city ordinance allows the dessert truck to operate. Would this be a valid defense to the traffic summons I received?

You can use that as your defense. You would argue that you were familiar with the ordinance that outlaws them to operate after 9:00 pm and with that knowledge you we unaware that they were actually operating. State that they were operating illegally because it was after operating hours. If you do not wish to go to trial you can check to see if deferment is available to you. Possibly check if defensive driving school is an option and get the ticket dismissed. The court can be contacted to see what options are available if defensive driving is not an option.

I have traffic summons to appear for a traffic violation. What happens if I don’t appear to court?

If you received traffic summons to appear for court and do not show up, a bench warrant will be issued for your arrest. Having a bench warrant would mean that at any given time you are pulled over for another traffic violation or stopped at a license check point you will be arrested. So your options are to pay the ticket before the court date (depending on the traffic violation) or show up for court.

I was issued traffic summons. The officer wrote a summons for traffic court, but he wrote down the address wrong. Would appearing in traffic court and asking for discovery of evidence of my correct address get the ticket dismissed?

If the wrong address is your home address it would not be grounds to have the ticket dismissed because that piece of information has no bearing on the violation you may have committed. But if the address of the courthouse is incorrect on the ticket, then it may be grounds for dismissal. Individuals need to be properly notified where to appear for court.

I have been issued a summons for trespassing 140.05 and harassment 240.26-02 violations in New York State. If I plead guilty what kind of fine or record will I have?

If you are going to fight the case, the District Attorney will need to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you are in fact guilty of the crime(s) charged. The codes you provided tell me that these charges are actually violations, the lowest level of criminal offense in the state. They are similar to traffic tickets. You could plead guilty and still not have a criminal record. It would still show up as a conviction on a criminal background check but as an infraction, not a crime.

Understanding what traffic summons is can help when dealing with questions regarding all types of traffic summons. Experts can help answer questions about what happens in court for a traffic summons or how to defend a traffic summons. Get the answers fast and affordably by asking an Expert.

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Recent Summons Questions

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    I was pulled over by an officer back in July. He stated that he was pulling me over because my record showed that I did not have insurance. I showed him prove of insurance but he did not accept that. He told me that the MVA was insisting that he take my plates and that I had to call a tow truck because of the insurance. When the tow truck came he did not even tell me that he was writing me a ticket. He just handed me a paper and said to send it back with in 30 days. He never told me what the citations were for. When I looked at the ticket it was for the insurance and many other things stating that I was knowingly driving vehicle w/o registration. I had no clue, I just renewed the registration 3 months prior. When he pulled me over I was not even speeding. I was just sitting in traffic waiting to move. I tried to show him my insurance but he would not accept it. Since he stated he was pulling me over for insurance are the other charges valid? He never mentioned anything about my registration and I as far as knew my registration was valid.

  • A collection person is just now chasing me over a red light

    A collection person is just now chasing me over a red light ticket that was issued in 2008. I never received a citation or any follow up. He claims that I have to pay $200, twice the original fine, or it will affect my credit standing.
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    I got a ticket in Washington state while driving a semi I have a cdl, my ticket was for failure to obey sign, that's what she wrote anyway, rcw code, well its hard to read but I think 11.50.380 I tried looking it up but could not find it. I was in a right turn only lain but it was to narrow for me to complete the turn because of a car parked on the corner and cars waiting at that light. so the safest thing was for me to merge into the lain next to me and go around the block to my delivery. what are my chances of fighting this I have a clean cdl and do not want this on my record

    I looked at the ticket harder and found that it says smc or seattle municipal code  not rcw so what I need to know does this go on my record

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