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speeding in a school zone in texas

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I am a Texas resident who was stopped for speeding in a school zone. The officer stopped me for doing 38 in a 20 in a suburb of dallas. I appeared in court when the officer told me to be there on the ticket and the presiding judge told me that the officer was not in attendance and if i wanted to plead not guilty then the case would be rescheduled for when the officer could attend. I had to plead no contest and was awarded deferred judification for 6 months. the judge also is making me take a defensive driving course, and did not provide me with the necessary paperwork to retreive my driving record from the D.O.T. in austin after my 6 months. Do municipalities have the authority to do this because it feels wrong. I always thought that if you were there on the day of the ticket, and the officer wasn't, then the ticket was thrown out.



The officer had a valid reason not to attend, sick leave or vacation, required attendance at another hearing, etc. The officer not attending your hearing is not a valid reason for dismissal of a citatation. In fact, many states including the one I live in, police officers are not required to attend traffic court for misdemeanor offenses that have fines less than $750.

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