Q: Had a minor fender bender on snowy Rd. Cop said he will not be in court - does that mean I will get off if I show up?
Road was unplowed. No damage to other car - minor damage to mine due to other driver's trailer hitch. The policeman said he would not go to court since he didn't witness the accident.
Generally speaking, the case must be set for trial in order for that to happen. This is because if the case is set for trial and no one is there to testify against you, they cannot proceed without you being willing to self incriminate yourself. By pleading not guilty (what is done by setting a case for trial), the court recognizes that you are requiring them to prove you guilty which requires witnesses to testify to the events. As the officer rarely witnesses accidents, they often cannot provide testimony. As a result, default wins like this do happen. It is recommended that you speak to a traffic attorney if you have more questions specifically about your case.
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