I was given a citation for improper backing and was even given a court date. However, when i tried to pay my citation online, no records were found. I then called the recorders office and still no results were found. if the recorders office doesn't find my citation in their system, does it mean that it's a warning?
If your citation listed a court date, then you need to show up to be safe because failure to appear will result in a bench warrant for your arrest. Neither you nor I want that. Sometimes the paperwork for a citation does not appear because of human error. If the citation was a warning, then the officer would had noted that on the citation and he would not have listed a court date. Again, to be safe, show up on your court date. When you are there, the court personnel can help figure out where you are in the system.
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Your information may not be entered into the system until just a few days prior to the listed court date. If you're determined to pay it online, check the day before.
Further, you may not be able to pay online if there was an accident. In that case, you'd be required to come to court to address issues with restitution.
If you were involved in an accident you may be required to appear in court on the date listed on the citation. If there was an accident and you want to resolve the case you should enter a Nolo plea so there won't be any points accessed to your license. Also, a Nolo can't be used against you in civil court if the other party decides to file a civil action. Just because the citation isn't in the clerk's computers yet doesn't mean that it is a Warning. I would strongly recommend that you go to court on the date listed. This way you avoid the real possibility of a Bench (arrest) Warrant being issued for your failure to appear in court. I hope this information has been helpful. Good Luck!!!
George McCranie - Offices in Valdosta & Douglas, GA -
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