I was on court supervision for a ticket I received last August, and the supervision wasn't up until February 20th. Yesterday, January 5th I was in a car accident and received a ticket stating that my court date is February 17th. I however am out of state starting January 31st. I am 19 years old. is there anyway my parents, or anyone else could appear in court for me?
Technically speaking your parents cannot appear on your behalf in court. You should contact the states attorneys office about obtaining a new hearing date.
You are a legal adult--why would your parents appear for you?
I suppose they could make an appearance if they are licensed to practice law in the state where the hearing is to be held, otherwise--'no' your parents cannot appear for you.
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Before you leave the state please carefully check the conditions of your supervision and of any bond you may have posted on the ticket. It is often a condition of supervision or bond that you not leave the state without permission from the court. If that is the case, be sure to get before the judge prior to January 31st and get permission to travel.
Your parents cannot appear in court for YOU unless they are licensed attorneys. They can hire an attorney to appear for you.
San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney--Former Prosecutor--20 years experience.
What agency gave the ticket? It's possible to a.) hire an attorney and one of us can wrap it up before you leave or b.) the prosecuting entity could advance your court date to this month and you can resolve it yourself. I wouldn't concern myself with the prior supervision if it was a non misdemeanor traffic violation, it could impact plea negotiations on this new traffic offense though.
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