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Q: I was issued a citation that has 30 days to pay the citation or set up a court date. Can they put it on media

Saying I'm guilty or charged with even if I havnt paid citation or got court date set up??? Is there anything I can do to get that changes by police department?

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Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher
Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Licensed in Minnesota

A: Generally, most court records are public. But a person is presumed innocent until the claim made is proven or not at a trial, or with a plea. If a person has been charged with a violation, to say that person was charged would be accurate. But if a person has been charged with a violation that is still pending outcome, to say that person was convicted or guilty would be inaccurate.

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Rogers, MN
  • Licensed in Minnesota

A: You are unclear what you mean when you say that the matter is "on media." Being charged with a crime is public record. That doesn't mean that you are convicted simply because the citation is referenced online. Get an attorney to avoid the conviction.

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