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Can I Delay My Traffic Court Date?

When you receive a traffic ticket, you might not realize how dire the consequences can be. It’s important that you do everything possible to have your ticket dismissed before it becomes a permanent mark on your driving record. Unfortunately, you might find that your traffic court date doesn’t work for you. You’re unable to attend. Is it possible to delay a traffic court date?

Fortunately, you do have options for your traffic court date. Be sure, however, that you’re getting the help you need to reschedule your court date and avoid the trouble a ticket brings. With a lawyer from the Law Office of James Medows on your side, you’ll have a better chance to reschedule your hearing and fight back against your traffic citation.

When You Can Delay

If you’re unable to make your traffic court date, you have options to reschedule your hearing. In fact, if you filed online, you’ll head to the same website as before. Go to the page where you pleaded not guilty, then look under the previous pleadings section. Here, you should be able to find your case and request an alternate date.

Unfortunately, there are limits to this option. If you’ve already rescheduled, you might be unable to reschedule again. The courts want your case to be handled immediately, so they’ll limit you in many cases.

You’ll also be unable to reschedule if you’re requesting that the court moves your court date within 10 days of your hearing. Because this would interfere with their preset court schedules, you can expect to be unable to file for a rescheduled hearing at that point.

What If I Miss My Hearing?

If you’re afraid you might miss your hearing, speak to a lawyer right away to avoid the consequences. It’s better to fight back with a lawyer’s help than to accept the consequences of not showing up to your court date. You’ll have to pay the fines for the ticket and possibly other fines for missing your hearing.

An uncontested ticket means points on your license, which can hurt you over time. These points add up for every violation, and each are worth somewhere between two and eleven points. If you hit the maximum number of points in an 18-month span, your license will be suspended.

Losing your license is a serious penalty, too. Now, you’ll have to struggle to find transportation through the kindness of a friend or family member, or through public transit.

Getting Help from an Attorney

Missing your day in traffic court can have serious consequences. In some cases, it can be even worse than the initial punishment. At this point, you might be unsure of what to do and wondering whether you can delay your traffic court date.

The answer is yes, but you’ll need to act quickly and speak to a highly trained lawyer from the Law Office of James Medows. During a free consultation, our team will review your traffic ticket and outline how can we help you proceed.

If you’re unsure how to delay your traffic court date, reach out by calling 917-856-1247 or through the form at the bottom of the page.

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