Ok so, a few months after moving back to Huntsville, AL, I get a court summons to appear in a civil case. Said it was for a traffic accident I had been involved in. At that time I couldn’t think of hat I was involved in, but was going to show up anyway. Then I received a letter saying to disregard because the current judge apparently was a conflict of interest. I heard nothing further after that. Fast forward, a few months later, a friend of mine living at an address I haven’t lived at received a notice in the mail from a judge stating my court appearance. He forgot to give it to me (not his fault, he’s medically sick and that had my current address) and I had missed the date. So now, I have an appearance at district court in January of next year, again, for a traffic accident that occurred when I was a police officer THAT I WAS NOT FAULTED FOR. I have no clue where to look or even what to do. I’m no longer a police officer with the city so I can’t ask for the assistance of the DA. I don’t know what to do.
It doesn't matter if you are no longer a police officer in the city where the accident occurred. Your former department should provide you with a defense.
Contact the city's Risk Management Dept. and inform them of the situation so they can provide you with an attorney since you were on the job as a law enforcement officer at the time.
It doesn't matter that the police officer who investigated the case stated you were not at fault, as the police do not get to determine liability in a civil lawsuit. That is up to the judge in a bench trial or a jury in a jury trial.
Please do not message me for further advice or call my former law firm if you have any further questions. If you are in need of an attorney to assist you, please search for another attorney in the jurisdiction involved in your case, as I am now retired, and my former law firm is no longer handling these types of cases. I am active on AVVO and answer questions only as a public service at this point.
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