At a two lane stop light. I was behind a vehicle that wasn't moving at all for the majority of the green light. I hit my horn twice and still waited almost 2 minutes. Then is when I proceed to go in to the left lane, pass the vehicle, and reenter the right lane. Literally as I turn my signal off, my wife yells look out their right behind us. I dont have insurance, so no matter what I train myself to completely avoid these situations. I was in the intersection when I made a slight right turn on to a diagonal street. Somehow I was still hit on my back passenger side. Now, I have a failure to appear for arraignment in my mailbox. I never received a ticket from the officer, nor one in the mail. What is going on?
Since insurance is mandatory in WI, you just admitted violating the traffic code on a public website.
It's hard to say for sure what is going on, but it sounds like a summons was issued for a mandatory court date and you didn't get it. If the matter is criminal, you should be able to find yourself on CCAP. https://wcca.wicourts.gov/index.xsl
If you can't find it that way, you'll need to contact the court that issued whatever you just received in the mail. Ignoring it would be a bad idea. Good luck.
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Failure to appear for an arraignment means that you have been charged with a crime. As such, you would be well advised to obtain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately. Arrange with your attorney to go into court as soon as humanly possible to address the situation. If you ignore this a warrant will inevitably be issued for your arrest. If you have ANY police contact before addressing the warrant in court, you will be hauled back in front of the judge in handcuffs and shackles. At this point the judge is not going to believe that you had plans to come to court very soon to take care of this.
Everyone who is licensed to drive in Wisconsin has a duty to provide a new address to the Department of Transportation Division of Motor Vehicles when they move. If you fail to do this and a citation or complaint is sent to the address they have on file, the law assumes that you have received it. I don't know if this is why you did not receive a ticket. There are many possible scenarios explaining an unreceived ticket. Just know that if you don't take action on this right away, it will come back to haunt you (and probably at the worst possible time). Law enforcement officers are NOT going to work with you on this one. If you get picked up on a warrant, you are going to jail right then and there. Get a lawyer, and take care of this. Good luck to you.
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As already stated, vehicle insurance is mandatory in Wisconsin. So that's one violation of law. Unstated explicitly but possible given the facts you do state is that you have been charged for failure to stop following an accident with an occupied vehicle - more commonly known as a "hit & run" - which is at least a misdemeanor. And no, it does not matter if the other vehicle caused the accident because the crime is for failing to stop. You should take what you received in the mail to an attorneys office and talk with them about getting this resolved.
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