Columbia, SC asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for South Carolina

Q: Why am I receiving a court summons for a ticket I've already paid?

I got a ticket in June 2021 for driving "10mph or less", paid the fine, but am now receiving a court summons for Dec 2021 for this same offense. I don't understand the timing, nor the reasoning for such an escalation in action. Since the incident, I have taken a defensive driving class and have zero points on my license with no traffic issues since this charge. I've also checked my driving record, and this incident is not listed. I am genuinely concerned, as I have never been inside a courthouse before and have little to no recollection of the events leading to the initial offense.

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Stephen Grooms
Stephen Grooms
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Myrtle Beach, SC
  • Licensed in South Carolina

A: If you received a ticket and paid the fine then generally you are not required to attend Court. When you pay the requested fine then you are essentially pleading guilty to the offense. I would contact the Clerk of Court for the court in which you received the notice and find out the status of your ticket and if your appearance is necessary.

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