got a speeding citation in texas and i live in florida. do i have to go back to texas for court?

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got a speeding citation in texas and i live in florida. do i have to go back to texas for court?

My wife and i where on a trip to texas from florida because we live in
florida and we were in texas on our way to my uncle house and thats
where we were staying and we got pulled over and the officer gave us a
citation and said the driver had to report to court.

Asked on May 8, 2019 under General Practice, Florida

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

If you don't have the option of pleading guilty to the offense and paying the ticket by mail, then if the court requires a personal appearance (i.e. even you have a lawyer to represent you, you must appear, too), then yes, you'd have to appear or potentially face license suspension or a "bench warrant" for arrest.
Every court differs in its rules and procedures: call the court clerk's office and ask if you can plead and pay by mail (or online)--if you can and it's worth doing so to avoid returning, then do this. If not, ask if you have an attorney appear without you and if necessary, submit a written affidavit; if so, hire a local lawyer to do this for you. But if you don't have these options, you will have to appear.


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