I recieved an open intox citation inside a moving vehicle. I was sitting in the back seat, the officer seen the bottom of a bottle under the front seat, never inspected it and wrote only me a citation. I have called the court every week for the past month and they have still no record of my citation. I reciently moved and am fearful of not recieving anything in the mail. Please help, i am unsure of what to do.
Sadly, officers do not always turn in their citations in a timely fashion, and thus my advice is to continue to contact the court to see when and if the charge becomes active in their computer. You can obtain counsel to assist you with this matter in order to ensure that you do not miss the court date that you will be given once it has been entered. I have dealt with this and handled these types of matters on numerous occasions, which has always ended in me being able to learn of the citation being entered in a reasonable time. Hopefully this helps explain your question. Best of luck to you.
They have six years from the date of the offense to bring charges. However, as a practical matter on something like that, I'd say realistically you are looking at a few or several months. Perhaps get a lawyer involved to see if they can determine where the case is at or get it moving faster.
As a general practice, most officers will have turned in a citation within a few days of issuance. If they fail to do so, the charge is still subject to the statute of limitations, so they could still file the ticket or the prosecutor could file a complaint anytime during that period (likely 6 years in your case.)
You've done the right thing by contacting the court weekly, but I don't think you have to do that indefinitely. Make sure that you have your mail forwarded by the postal service, and continue to call for a few more weeks. After that, you may want to continue to call periodically, but less frequently.
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