Court date 20 Jan 11 or pre-pay. Speeding 44/25. I called that morning and asked what they could do for me. I'm a single mom, daughter had 4 teeth pulled earlier this week (haven't been to my office all week). The clerk said I could have a continuance because I had not had one yet and said he doesn't see why the judge wouldn't give me a continuance if I'm not there and that it happens all the time. I called back at 9:15 and he said the docket had not been returned and I would have to wait to see how the court handles my summons. What? Now he's telling me that I may be tried in absentia and found guilty? Appealing guilty verdict. Just want fine reduced to orig amount (judge added ANOTHER $70) and request driving schoo. No speeding tkts in at least 16 yrs. How do I do this during appeal?Couldn't attend court that morning because daughter had blood ALL OVER her bed when we got up that morning, although she had not had bleeding the morning before. I thought she risked dry socket and that a blood clot had come out. No family in the area, ex is no help. I had every intention of going to court that morning but my daughter's needs are always my top priority. I did call the court and try to get some help. Clerk "mislead" me during initial call. Now I have to appeal. I do have documentation from the dentist office of her teeth being pulled and, as gross as it may be, I did take pictures of my daughter's bed with all the blood all over it that morning. I really wasn't making up some lame excuse to get out of going to court. Please help! Mr. Myers, I understand that but I am sure this is not the first medical issue that's come up for a defendant or a defendant with a dependent on the morning we're supposed to be there. Certainly our system is better than that.