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My 22 year old son was on spring break in Atlantic City. He

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was cited with 'simple assault'...
My 22 year old son was on spring break in Atlantic City. He was cited with 'simple assault' against a bouncer at a club. He was not arrested but issued a summons to appear in a NJ court on Apr 11. He goes to school in Virginia. Is there a way for him NOT to appear in person and pay a fine?
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I am sorry to hear about this situation. If she was issued a ticket, then it depends on the local Court. He will have to call the Court and inquire whether or not appearance is mandatory of if he can simply send in the fine to end the case.

NOTE that sending in the fine means pleading guilty. A simple assault is a petty disorderly persons offense, and it would then show up on his record later on. Ergo, it may be best to fight the charge by showing up instead, and pleading NOT GUILTY.

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