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Yes, your child will need to go to court.
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You must report to the Court immediately to find out what happened in court.
If you were given a court date and time, you will need to appear in Court unless it is a ticket that may be paid prior to Court and you have paid it.
Your case will be heard as scheduled unless you can provide written documentation as to why you could not make your court date as scheduled. This documentation will need to be provided prior to the time of your trial. Documentation may be faxed to 864-848-5377. You must also call the Court prior to your trial time.
All cases in Greer Municipal Court are heard and evaluated on their individual merits. Each element is considered when a judge makes a decision. Other than the judge, no one can say what she/he would do in your particular case.
According to state statute, you may represent yourself. You have the right to introduce evidence, examine and cross-examine witnesses, make closing arguments and otherwise present a defense to the charges. You will be held to the same standards as an attorney.
In most cases, the ticket may be paid without an appearance. However, there are traffic charges that do require an appearance, regardless of age.
If you have any questions regarding required appearances for traffic charges, call 864-848-5374.
There are three possible pleas to a criminal charge:
No. You either need to appear or pay the fine prior to your court date.
While a prayer for judgment is used in North Carolina, it is not available in South Carolina.
You must appear on your designated court date and time. Judges do not talk about pending cases without all parties present.
Payment indicates a guilty plea and forfeiture of fine monies. Appearing on your court date gives you a chance to ask for a reduction in fines or plead "not guilty."