I received a following too closely citation involving an accident with almost so damage in Atlanta. I am a city citizen. Having never dealt with traffic court (1st violation), I did not realize I had a mandatory court appearance until finally reaching a human on the Municipal Court system's phone system. I have an out-of-state obligation that date and am wondering if an attorney can represent me there that day without being issued an FTA. I am looking to plea nolo. Also: is it worthwhile to request a continuance/move the court date, or are requests usually denied?
Assuming you retain an attorney you won't have to worry about missing your court date. An attorney can either appear and resolve the citation on your behalf, or get an extension for you both to appear on the same date. I have been successful in getting many of these types of citations resolved through dismissal or through a diversion program in Atlanta. I am happy to discuss your situation with you and provide references of similar situations if you like.
Yes, you should be able to get an attorney to appear for you. Contact one and talk about your ticket. Most of them should offer free consultations.
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In most states this is allowed - I am a California attorney & not familiar with GA laws & court procedures. Consult a local GA Traffic Ticket or Criminal Law Attorney m- many will offer free initial consultations. Either contact one who responds to your question or another can be located right here on AVVO by using the tool "Find A Lawyer" Good luck