Does the officer have to be at the court? Or do I have to let the court know in advance that he has to show up? Because I got a speeding ticket going 86 in a 65 zone, and I want to fight it. But I don't know If he has to be there. This is my first citation, and I've read that I can plead to be dismissed if the officer isn't there.
The answer is no. Not on your first appearance. If you wish to set the matter for trial on a second, further day, that is when the officer would need to be there and the court clerk would notify him of this.
The officer is not subpoenaed to appear in traffic court until you schedule the case for a trial.
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The officer only has to be there at the date of trial . To get a trial date you must appear at arraignment and enter a plea of not guilty..
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