A police officer attempted to give me a ticket last night for public urination, but I was not actually urinating in public. An NYC police officer ticketed me, but I told him I was certain he didn't see me committing the crime, and asked what would happen (very calmly) if I refused to accept the ticket. The ticket was a court summons for a misdemeanor crime, and the cop told me I'd be arrested. I kept insisting that I did not commit the crime they were ticketing me for, and the cop eventually just threw the ticket out his cruiser window towards me (standing on the sidewalk) and drove away.
I'll admit, I didn't make any immediate move to pick up the ticket, and it eventually blew away and I left the area. What happens next? Should I call the local precinct and inquire about the ticket?
You should because if you fail to appear, a warrant will be issued for your arrest and the problems only grow from there.
Joseph A. Lo Piccolo, Esq.
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If you don't appear in court when you are supposed to a warrant will be issued for your arrest. Not only could this make matters worse but you could be arrested anywhere anytime. If this happened in manhattan I suggest you contact the clerk of the court at 346 Broadway. Don't ignore this.
You may want to go to the local precinct where the incident occurred to try and get a copy of the summons. If the officer wrote down your correct information, i.e., name, address, etc., you have a court date scheduled under your name. If you do not appear a warrant will be issued against you for failing to appear in court. Not worth it. Especially on something this trivial. If that doesn't work you should go down to 346 Broadway in Manhattan, go to the clerk's window and provide them with your name. They should be able to tell you when your court date is. Good luck.
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