Should I roll the dice and hope that the officer doesn’t show up to court?

The answer to that is no, not in Virginia. I’m aware of the fact that in some states you can continue case multiple times and eventually if the officer doesn’t show up and that you can get your charge dismissed that way. It really doesn’t work like that in Virginia. I mean, I have had that happen after having represented over 30,000 people on these cases, I can think probably about three or four times where that’s happened, but it’s not common like it is elsewhere. You definitely can’t count on that. Which is why you need to address your case head on.

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