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how long does it take to get a speeding ticket in the mail?

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I got basically one of the stupidest tickets ever for going 6 miles over the speed limit (while someone next to me was probably going about 90)...the cop said it would come in the mail in 1-2 weeks.

Well its been almost 5 weeks and STILL hasn't come, I've set money aside to pay the ticket (which is hard since I'm a med student and work part time so don't have any money to begin with). I was planning on doing traffic school when it came, but it never has.

Does this mean the cop never wrote the report or what? I think its been quite a long time for it to not show up.
Update: It said that you didn't need to go to court date unless you were disputing the ticket. He gave me a ticket, but he said details would be sent in the mail within 1-2 weeks (including payment and such)
Update 2: if you go to the court date you cant go to traffic school, and it will be on your record, since this is my first ticket. Thats what the cop said at least, and all my friends who have gotten tickets have gotten theirs within the first week, only reason why I'm asking
Update 3: I don't know if its because he wrote the date down incorrectly because he wrote it 4-27-09 which hasn't happened yet, and that is the 'court date' I'm so confused about this

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asked Nov 13, 2016 in Cars and Transportation by smyadmin

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When you were cited, you should have been given a copy of the cite (after signing it) - which is nothing more than a promise to appear. It usually has a space on the bottom of it for your initial court appearance.

You should have gotten a courtesy notice after 3-4 weeks, which would have explained all of your options. This might vary, depending on busy the court clerical staff is. If you haven't received the notice, either the officer didn't turn in the cite (which means you're in the clear so far, or the courts are just backed up).

You still have the responsibility of showing up in court on the date indicated, whether you got the notice or not.

My suggestion is to call the courts for the jurisdiction where you were cited (usuall, the phone number at the bottom of the cite) and ask for the status of your cite - you'll be asked for your name, the cite number and the issuing agency. They would be able to give you the info you need.

CA Deputy
answered Nov 13, 2016 by moscl

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