Q: Ticket differs from what officer explained he pulled me over for.
Was pulled over for not coming to a complete stop before making a right turn at a red light. However my ticket is for not signaling before turning/ when changing lanes. Is this grounds for dismissal? Do I still need to appear in court?
A: There is reality and what is on paper. The answer in general is no. He can claim he saw you do both and wrote a ticket for only one. The other problem is proving he lied and the cost of having an actual trial to get an officer on the stand and getting him to admit what occurred. This is all costly and time consuming. If you hire a lawyer you do not need to appear, if you don't then you need to make an appearance.
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