I was involved in a car crash. I received the citation and the police officer told me that it's 50/50 for me if I show up. The people who I hit are not showing up. Do I just plead not guilty and ask for the case to be dismissed?
You get a lawyer. You get a lawyer to look over the case with you to figure out the best way to maximize your chances of winning.
There is no way to "make sure" that your case gets dismissed.
If there's anything I have ever learned in practice, nothing is ever for sure.
If the complaining witness does not appear and there are no other witnesses to the occurrence present the prosecutor will likely dismiss the case. There are no guarantees in life on any issue but this is the most likely outcome based on your question. Good Luck!
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Show up, plead not guilty, and ask it be dismissed.
If there is no complaining witness, it likely will be, but that is not a guarantee.
First, you need to show up to court. Second, the matter may have to be set for trial. Third, show up to court on the trial date. Finally, if no one from the other side shows up on the trial date, your case will likely be dismissed. You may want to consider hiring an attorney to assist you with this matter to make sure no mistakes are made.
If it is the first court date, then the clerk's office would have issued a notice to the person who you hit. If that person doesn't appear in court, you can plead not guilty and answer ready for trial. Chances are the prosecutor would dismiss the case if the person you hit doesn't appear in court.
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