So I have court in the morning in St. Louis City, MO traffic court. I went down today during a trial time to get familiar with that court and their procedures.
There were 4 defendants there and 6 officers in the court room. All 6 officers were there for 1 defendant, who didn't show up. That defendant was issued a warrant, and the officers asked when it would be in the system because they were going to go try to find him.
So then the officers left and the prosecutor told the defendants in the court room that their officers hadn't shown up and their cases would be continued. The one defendant’s case had already been postponed because the officer didn't show up at another date. The prosecutor said if the cop didn't come the third time, the charges would be dismissed.
Why do the cops get 3 times to show up at court while the citizens have to take off work to take care of their revenue generated ticket and be there each time? In what professional job can you miss your meetings and just be told, "try to make one of the next 2"?
This is why I intend to draw my ticket out as long as possible to complicate things by requesting that I get everything that the law entitles me to. If they want to play games, we should too.