Baton Rouge, LA asked in Traffic Tickets for Louisiana

Q: Should I have been notified of a speeding ticket court date change due to covid?

I got my first speeding ticket on 3/13/2020, on the ticket court was set for 4/30/2020. I called twice with no answer when lock down began for court change, but no one picked up. I received a failure to appear in court letter on 3/18/2021. I am simply wanting my reinstatement fees waved. Should I have been notified of court changes? Is there any steps I can do to get this reinstatement fee waved?

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Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
Answered
  • Traffic Tickets Lawyer
  • Baton Rouge, LA
  • Licensed in Louisiana

A: I sympathize with you. Ultimately, it is your responsibility to find out your new court date, however what steps you took may assist you in getting in fee/charges associated with the warrant for your missed court date--that is up to the discretion of the Judge. Your reference to receiving a letter and associated reinstatement fees (as opposed to a warrant) suggests to me that you are referring to a letter from Motor Vehicles---they are not as sympathetic. Your best bet is to speak to a traffic ticket lawyer in your area, specifically discuss your situation and based on options provided then decide how to proceed. Good luck.

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Answered
  • Traffic Tickets Lawyer
  • Covington, LA
  • Licensed in Louisiana

A: Your traffic court attorney can get the attachment recalled and can ask the Judge to order that any reinstatement fee be waived.

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