How can I re-open a traffic violation case with the municipal court?
Question Details: I went to court 2 weeks ago because of a ticket. The violation was failure to maintain lane. It resulted in a minor fender bender. I pleaded not guilty due to the circumstances and requested a jury trial I was trying to run away from a road rage cituation. The police officer did not care at all about that and gave me a ticket. At the municipal court, I was told that I would get another court date within a month or so. Today I called the court and they are saying 6 months to 2 years before they even get my case. My problem is that I am in the process of enlisting in the army and I need this to be over with to be able to enlist. What can I do to get my case re opened at the municipal court?
The case is open--you do not need to re-open it. It's simply that due the backlog of cases (i.e. too many violations and other cases; too few judges) it will take 6 - 24 months before a trial date. If you are seeking a trial (not guilty plea) there is nothing you can do about this--that's simply how long it will take in an overcrowded, under-resourced court system to get a trial. Trials take much longer than the court simply accepting a plea and so they have to schedule more time for them; you have gotten in line with everyone else seeking a trial.
If you are willing to change you plea and plead guilty, if doing so will help you, you could likely get this resolved more quickly: again, since accepting a plea takes little time, courts can fit that in much more easily. Contact the prosecutor's office, see what they might let you plea to and decide if that works for you; ask if you agree to accept the plea, can you get an earlier court date to do so; decide if you want to do that.