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I got a speeding ticket (rural missouri). If the officer does not show up, will the ticket be dissmissed?

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I got a speeding ticket (rural missouri). If the officer does not show up, will the ticket be dissmissed?

Postby ned » Wed Apr 06, 2011 10:10 pm

I think I can delay the court date and increase my chances of the officer being a no-show, but I can't find any real information about missouri traffic law.
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I got a speeding ticket (rural missouri). If the officer does not show up, will the ticket be dissmissed?

Postby gabrielo19 » Wed Apr 06, 2011 10:18 pm

I think I can delay the court date and increase my chances of the officer being a no-show, but I can't find any real information about missouri traffic law.
I have no idea where these officer no-show stories come from.

Our department pays a minimum of 2 hours overtime for court, and the officers look forward to the easy overtime. If the officer has a problem with the day, he calls the prosecuting attorney, and they schedule another one.

It is amazing how many people change their plea when the officer shows up, and I get 2 hours pay for 5 minutes of time.
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I got a speeding ticket (rural missouri). If the officer does not show up, will the ticket be dissmissed?

Postby bret11 » Wed Apr 06, 2011 10:22 pm

Remember, this is in RURAL MISSOURI, not in an area where cops get paid to "show up" for court. The cop probably works 19-20 hours every day (2 jobs) and the last thing he wants to do is take time out of his regular job to testify against speeders.
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I got a speeding ticket (rural missouri). If the officer does not show up, will the ticket be dissmissed?

Postby sonny » Wed Apr 06, 2011 10:24 pm

dun think so
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I got a speeding ticket (rural missouri). If the officer does not show up, will the ticket be dissmissed?

Postby gwen » Wed Apr 06, 2011 10:37 pm

I not only make overtime for court appearances, but can get in trouble at work for ignoring a subpoena.

I just DON'T miss court.
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I got a speeding ticket (rural missouri). If the officer does not show up, will the ticket be dissmissed?

Postby vohkinne » Wed Apr 06, 2011 10:45 pm

This will probably depend heavily on the judge. The judge has the option of continuing the case for the officer to show up or dismissing it. The cop may have a valid reason why he doesn't show up. Delaying the case so that the officer will not show up will probably not work. He will still be issued a subpoena and be required to go.
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I got a speeding ticket (rural missouri). If the officer does not show up, will the ticket be dissmissed?

Postby lawly1 » Wed Apr 06, 2011 10:46 pm

most likely they will give him a few chances to show, but if you fall to show, your doomed
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I got a speeding ticket (rural missouri). If the officer does not show up, will the ticket be dissmissed?

Postby josephus » Wed Apr 06, 2011 10:50 pm

You have to plead Not Guilty and get a trial date. Then you need to keep getting continuances. You have to present a decent cause for a continuance, but they're not extremely rigid. At some point, you're going to have to do the trial, maybe 3 - 4 months out. The cop may or may not show up. Who knows? He might be on vacation, he might be out sick, he may have left for a transfer or new job. If he doesn't, no witness. If he does, his memory of the event is going to be diluted. But you'll still need to cross-examine him to show that his testimony is faulty, and no Perry Mason theatrics, either. That just písses off the judge and makes it worse for you.
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Postby rushford79 » Wed Apr 06, 2011 10:54 pm

You have to plead Not Guilty and get a trial date. Then you need to keep getting continuances. You have to present a decent cause for a continuance, but they're not extremely rigid. At some point, you're going to have to do the trial, maybe 3 - 4 months out. The cop may or may not show up. Who knows? He might be on vacation, he might be out sick, he may have left for a transfer or new job. If he doesn't, no witness. If he does, his memory of the event is going to be diluted. But you'll still need to cross-examine him to show that his testimony is faulty, and no Perry Mason theatrics, either. That just písses off the judge and makes it worse for you.
Generally, the case will not be dismissed on the first appearance. The court will give the prosecutor a couple of chances to get the officer there if a trial is set. If you want a jury trial (not real smart on a misdemeanor), the judges are usually less lenient for continuances based on no witnesses being available. If the county uses the state fine collection center, you have to plead not guilty first to get the ticket back to the prosecutor. Good luck.
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I got a speeding ticket (rural missouri). If the officer does not show up, will the ticket be dissmissed?

Postby marq » Wed Apr 06, 2011 11:05 pm

Wake up, we get paid OVERTIME for coming to court, not to mention its POLICY to come to court. The officer will be there. If you "delay" it, the officer will just come to court on the date it is delayed.
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