Q: I got a speeding ticket on the interstate but they didn't make me sign it is it still valid?
I was never prompted to sign the ticket in the first place. I should have specified.
A: My research showed me that in Utah, when a driver declines to sign the ticket the officer has options, one of which is to simply leave the ticket in the car with the driver. There was a highly publicized case in 2007 about a Taser incident with a driver who refused to sign. The officer also has the option of taking the driver refusing to sign into custody and to jail for appearance before a magistrate. If you are stopped Friday afternoon, you could be in jail over the weekend. Are you sure you want that? So the short answer to your question is, in Utah, YES, THE SPEEDING TICKET IS STILL VALID AND YOU CAN BE CHARGED WITH ADDITIONAL CRIMES LIKE FAILURE TO APPEAR. You need to consult an attorney in your local area that practices this kind of law. Thank you for using Justia Ask a Lawyer.
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