If I got a speeding citation in another state, do I have to go back for court?
Question Details: My wife and I where on a trip to TX from FL; we live in FL and we were in TX on our way to my uncle house. That's where we were staying and we got pulled over and the officer gave us a citation and said the driver had to report to court.
If you don't have the option of pleading guilty to the offense and paying the ticket by mail, then if the court requires a personal appearance (i.e. even you have a lawyer to represent you, you must appear, too), then yes, you'd have to appear or potentially face license suspension or a "bench warrant" for arrest.
Every court differs in its rules and procedures: call the court clerk's office and ask if you can plead and pay by mail (or online)--if you can and it's worth doing so to avoid returning, then do this. If not, ask if you have an attorney appear without you and if necessary, submit a written affidavit; if so, hire a local lawyer to do this for you. But if you don't have these options, you will have to appear.