I was issued a citation for underage possession of alcohol under local ordinance in Cobb county Georgia. The officer told me I could pay the citation and it would not go on my record. However I received a notice to appear in court and it says I have to go to state criminal/traffic court on February 13th.
Were you fingerprinted from the issuance of the citation? It shouldn’t go on your criminal record unless you are fingerprinted (barring a error by the clerks). However, it may affect your license and other things if it isn’t handled correctly.
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It sounds like the citation has been bound over from Municipal Court to State Court. This can occur for a number of reasons, though it is usually done at the request of, or in response to an action by, the defendant (you). You would do well to speak with a criminal defense attorney about this matter.
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