Traffic & Criminal Citations Come In Multiple Forms
Have you ever been charged with a criminal misdemeanor, yet not taken to jail or arrested, but rather issued a citation? A criminal citation is a ticket that police officers issue to individuals for certain low-level crimes. They can be in the form of a criminal misdemeanor or a civil (traffic) infraction.
Civil Citations will generally notify the individual of the violation committed, and the date and time he or she must appear in court or direct the individual to contact the court personally within a specified amount of time in order to obtain a date to formally appear at the court. Criminal citations attach a more stringent process because the individual will be required to appear at court.
It is important to note that the time between the citation being issued and when you must appear in court can and may be a long time apart—the reason for this is that the police and prosecutor are waiting for lab reports or other evidence to be submitted. It is essential to stay in contact with the court or your attorney if you believe that you will be charged with a criminal misdemeanor (or felony) so that you do not receive an outstanding bench warrant.
For simple civil infractions, i.e. speeding or parking tickets, you will have one of two options. The first will be to simply pay the applicable fine for the particular infraction(s) committed. The second option will be to request one of two types of hearings (an informal or formal hearing). The formal hearing will be with the officer, and the informal will be with the prosecutor. If you choose to set the matter for a hearing you must do so within the specified number of days listed on the ticket or indicated by the court.
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An attorney will be able to help you walk through this process with the little of ease because they are skilled and trained for performing such tasks. Why try to fight something alone when the individual you must fight against is a trained professional? Know the law, maintain your rights, and always lawyer-up with Josh Jones.