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My son is 17 and he and some friends were hanging out and smoking cigarettes and when the police stopped and questioned them. All the kids were told they were going to recevie citation for possession of tabacco by a minor. However, they were not provided a citation, but were told they would receive it in the mail? This doesn't souund legit to me - when I get a citation for speeding, I get it right then and there - not later in the mail? Should I be concerned?

Lawyer's Assistant: Since laws vary from place to place, what state is this in? And when did this happen?

Texas, and it happened a couple days ago. Probably Saturday.

Lawyer's Assistant: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?

No, because I am not sure that anything is coming "in the mail"

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Lawyer: Legal Eagle, Lawyer replied 7 months ago
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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Please do review my question. I'm wondering if the officers were trying to scare the kids? One of the kids left with his mother while the police were there??
Lawyer: Legal Eagle, Lawyer replied 7 months ago

Thanks, ***** ***** posting a question. I'm sorry to hear about your situation. In most cases, an officer will write up a notice of a citation right there on the spot. This usually is the case when someone is speeding or if they have violated some parking rules. However, this isn't always the case for non-traffic related incidents. Most officers have pre-printed forms for traffic stops, but given the vast nature of criminal and civil violations that may be committed, it is possible and even probable that they may not always be prepared to write up a copy of the citation on the spot. In many cases, an officer will return to the station and print up an official copy of the citation and have that be sent to the person that is being charged. It is possible that the officer may not decide to pursue the case at all, or, he may just forget about it since he didn't write something up; however, I would expect a citation to come through in the next few weeks.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
That's it. Thank you
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