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Old 10-26-2010, 06:38 PM
 
Location: GEORGIA
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ashleybear13
1 showing up best 2 get there early and ask outside clerk you may be able to settle up
3 sit down, shut up, no newspapers or cell phoning, wear proper apparel for court. NO shorts, tank tops, etc. carefully read your summons, have your drivers license, insurance card, etc, 4 probably plead not guilty ( my experience is they dont tell you a dddd thing. 5 many do NOT accept checks at least at court so take cash. 6 if you are member of a legal service network it can refer you to a local attorney for a phone contact. fight or pay. -- but as my 11th grade geometry teacher said about local Recorder Court traffic session, "you may not agree with anything I say for the rest of the year, but if you are a teen ager (or almost anyone else there ) you are presumed guilty." My last ticket in my home town was for no tail lights (was going to get fixed next day and also had headlight problem also but showed office that day receipt and brand new headlamps was $75.
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Old 10-26-2010, 06:49 PM
 
Location: GEORGIA
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In GA, generally, if you committed a traffic offense for which there was no other party involved, or that could even involve another party but the whole was a judgment call, you might not have an out even if the other party doesnt show. But the more you can get settled beforehand, insurance. etc, and the lesser the violation, the better off you are. In some places they may take your license issue you a temp and escort you to county courthouse. Check nearest AAA office to see if automatic arrest bail bond honored. DO NOT fail to show or pay fine in advance. Some places are speed traps (Ashboro, NC)or officer will lie about conditions (moderate traffic at night is only one other car on road). Beware of Whitesburg GA it cost me $118 for speeding. The cop and the chief were females. I just showed up early paid my fine and left.
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Old 10-26-2010, 06:56 PM
 
Location: GEORGIA
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TO ALL: Atlanta court is a zoo. in Atlanta my son was hit by us postal service running red light...driver even said he was looking out of corner of his eye (guilty cause he knew he had run the light ) but traffic court judge would not charge him with offense. Even tho one of my son's passengers in van was slightly injurred. Consequently, our family's insurance went up. The sobjudge mayhave felt sorry for the po driver. Or just like things to move fast. Or my son was teenage. Ironically the location of the accident was less than 2 block from traffic court. courtsucs
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Old 10-26-2010, 07:11 PM
 
Location: Decatur
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I've been to traffic court in Atlanta twice and never seen a police office show up. Usually the first date is to enter a plea. Then you will be assigned your court date. If you come to court and the officer doesn't show, the judge will drop the case.
For you though, travel expenses for the two court dates will probably exceed the ticket amount so you have to decide if it's worth it to you to fight it.
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Old 10-26-2010, 10:27 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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If I remember correctly, it was approximately $150 including court fees. What can you do ....
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Old 10-27-2010, 01:40 AM
 
Location: Ga
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Is it just me, or when you go to the DMV, the local court to pay a traffic ticket, ect, they always seem so backwards? It's almost like these buildings are trapped in a time warp with idiots trapped behind a desk, I sometimes imagine they all have cubby holes to sleep in after work is finished. Then they emerge bright and early the next morning like old elves.
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Old 10-30-2010, 09:24 AM
 
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In GA, generally, if you committed a traffic offense for which there was no other party involved, or that could even involve another party but the whole was a judgment call, you might not have an out even if the other party doesnt show. But the more you can get settled beforehand, insurance. etc, and the lesser the violation, the better off you are. In some places they may take your license issue you a temp and escort you to county courthouse. Check nearest AAA office to see if automatic arrest bail bond honored. DO NOT fail to show or pay fine in advance. Some places are speed traps (Ashboro, NC)or officer will lie about conditions (moderate traffic at night is only one other car on road). Beware of Whitesburg GA it cost me $118 for speeding. The cop and the chief were females. I just showed up early paid my fine and left.
Ditto on Whitesburg. The speed limit drops from 55 to 35 at the city limits, and there's always a cop sitting and waiting for unsuspecting out-of-towners. I would also beware in Chattahoochee Hills. New city in South Fulton and they're aggressive out there too.
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Old 11-20-2014, 07:39 AM
 
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I was recently involved in an accident wherein three cars were involved. The first one decided at the last minute to slam on their brakes and turn left, causing the 2nd car to slam on their brakes. My car was the third and when I saw the 2nd car's right tail light, I assumed she was signaling to change lanes to the right. Then I heard the screech of her tires and realized she was braking, so I slammed on the brakes, looked in my rear mirror and saw nobody in the right lane and pulled my wheel to the right to try and avoid a collision. I failed and hit her bumper.

The 1st driver left the scene of the accident. There were at least 15 witnesses but everyone left. I was cited for following too closely, code section: 40-6-49. The 2nd driver was very courteous and understanding and my car was far more damaged than hers. I had only liability insurance and she had full coverage and had her repairs paid-for by her own insurance company. It cost $400 to fix my car which is worth about $500. My insurance company will be hashing it out with hers. Since one of her tail lights were out, she may be found partly liable for insurance purposes. I have not yet seen the accident report but my insurance company told me yesterday that they will email me a copy. The 2nd driver was not cited for having a tail light out.

I intend to plead, "not guilty," but unfortunately, cannot find ANYWHERE online how much this fine could be if found guilty so I know how much money to take with me. I have called the courts but have been on hold forever until finally getting the recording announcing that the lines are too busy and to call back later.

The officer was profusely apologetic about issuing the citation and even told me that he would not be appearing in court as traffic is not his particular area of regular work. The 2nd driver said she had no intentions of showing up in court either, so I feel fairly certain I can get the court to drop the charges. I just need to know how much the ticket could be if I am found guilty. Can anyone advise me?
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