Yes it's true. Some police officer must show up to testify. If you got one of those red light photo tickets they have to have a cop show up to testify to the functioning of the device at the time of the incident. If no one shows up charges must be dropped.
Yes, it is true your case can be dismissed. The government bears the burden of proof in a traffic citation situation against you just like any other case. Without the evidence available to establish the elements necessary against you, the case cannot prevail.
Negotiating a good resolution given the circumstances of your case will take an attorney familiar with the policies and procedures of the court where the matter is pending. Use the fact that this is your first ticket in over a decade to your advantage.
It may be worth your while to consult with a traffic attorney familiar with the judges and practices in the court where you received the ticket to explore your options.
Check with a lawyer in your locale to discuss more of the details.
Good luck to you.
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