Q: Is it better just to pay the ticket or contest it in court -
- I hear sometimes the officers don't show and then you get off paying.
It is usually better to fight the ticket unless it's a minor infraction without points (like a parking ticket). The only way you
"get off" by the officer not showing is if the ticket is scheduled for trial and even then it's up to the judge. That might require two court appearances or more. However if the officer does show up your risk of getting convicted is significant unless you hire a skilled attorney, it's best to contact an attorney at this point for a free consult.
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