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    Been on the street about 3 1/2 months now, been off FTO about 3 weeks... had a court hearing this morning but wrote it in my planner as being tomorrow. And obviously it was for a felony instead of a summary or misdemeanor...

    Really feel like a schmuck. Gonna have to go to the DA's office and beg for a refile of the charges, and can't wait to get taken apart by the supervisors... sad times.

    Stressing because it's my first serious mistake since I started working... definately feel like a moron.
    You, you, and you: Panic. The rest of you, come with me.

  • #2
    I'm not sure how it works up there, but go to them (supervisors, the prosecutor, even the judge) BEFORE they come to you.

    Fess up to it, apologize, take whatevers coming, and move on. You aren't the first to do it and certainly won't be the last.
    Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.

    Ronald Reagan

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    • #3
      Hope there's no "fail to appear" paperwork out there either.
      "That's right man, we've got mills here that'll blow that heap of your's right off the road."

      "Beautiful Daughter of the Stars."(it's my home now)

      >>>>> A Time for Choosing <<<<<

      Retired @ 31yr 2mo as of 0000 hrs. 01-01-10. Yeah, all in all, it was good.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by t150vsuptpr View Post
        Hope there's no "fail to appear" paperwork out there either.
        Had my first FTA for traffic court after 4 years and a Sgt felt the need to complete paper work on me. This for an Officer who is always at or near the top of the producers list. I'd hate to think what would have happened if I was lazy like some other people I know.
        Yes I'm a LEO... but I do no care enough to go through the trouble of changing the screen name.... sorry

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        • #5
          The lazy ones will become future brass

          Originally posted by LE2BE View Post
          Had my first FTA for traffic court after 4 years and a Sgt felt the need to complete paper work on me. This for an Officer who is always at or near the top of the producers list. I'd hate to think what would have happened if I was lazy like some other people I know.

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          • #6
            Are you even sure the was court? 9 time out of 10 even though court is scheduled they never go.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by LE2BE View Post
              Originally posted by t150vsuptpr
              Hope there's no "fail to appear" paperwork out there either.
              Had my first FTA for traffic court after 4 years and a Sgt felt the need to complete paper work on me. This for an Officer who is always at or near the top of the producers list. I'd hate to think what would have happened if I was lazy like some other people I know.

              Universal rule I was told when starting my career:
              Only takes one "awe-shucks" to wipe the slate clean of "atta-boys".

              Seen it in play more times than I can count.
              "That's right man, we've got mills here that'll blow that heap of your's right off the road."

              "Beautiful Daughter of the Stars."(it's my home now)

              >>>>> A Time for Choosing <<<<<

              Retired @ 31yr 2mo as of 0000 hrs. 01-01-10. Yeah, all in all, it was good.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by t150vsuptpr View Post

                Universal rule I was told when starting my career:
                Only takes one "awe-shucks" to wipe the slate clean of "atta-boys".

                Seen it in play more times than I can count.
                There's a dirty version of this same theory, it goes something like this, "You have to build a thousand bridges to be a bridge builder, but you s*** one c*** and you're a c***s***er for life."

                In other news a I got a rather scathing written reprimand and refiled the charges through the DA's office.
                You, you, and you: Panic. The rest of you, come with me.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by rpd1794 View Post
                  I'm not sure how it works up there, but go to them (supervisors, the prosecutor, even the judge) BEFORE they come to you.

                  Fess up to it, apologize, take whatevers coming, and move on. You aren't the first to do it and certainly won't be the last.

                  Yes indeed, accept your mistake, tell them you screwed the pooch and it will never happen again. I get copies of my subpeonas and attach to the fridge in my home, I look at them daily. I do this because I missed court 1 time! However, it will never happen again!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by t150vsuptpr View Post

                    Universal rule I was told when starting my career:
                    Only takes one "awe-shucks" to wipe the slate clean of "atta-boys".

                    Seen it in play more times than I can count.
                    God spoken truth

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by damode1985 View Post
                      The lazy ones will become future brass
                      True.
                      Most people fail because they trade what they want MOST, for what they want at the MOMENT.

                      The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked, WHO can know it?
                      -Jeremiah 17:9

                      Is it any surprise that cops don't trust anyone?

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                      • #12
                        Are you kidding me! you missed court for a FELONY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sorry just getting you ready. Go to them, 'I did it, im sorry, it wont happen again". As someone else said you are not the first and wont be the last. Just hope the next happens soon! LOL

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                        • #13
                          We catch a show cause for it... kinda like an FTA. You then receive a court date and have to go in front of a judge to explain why you missed court. If you're found guilty you face a fine and or jail time for contempt. We had an officer placed in lockup over it, until she came up with the $50.

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                          • #14
                            Check and make sure it wasn't pushed first, or even cancelled. I have seen atleast 5 or 6 different officers get pushed on a court date. They always push it too your days off too, lol.

                            I have my first court appearance on December 14th, lol. Its on a DWI. I remember the guy because he was in the hospital calling me a f***ing rookie and talking alot of crap. We set him straight that night. Hopefully the court systew will set him straight on the 14th.


                            Fergie
                            Airborne

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Hearno View Post
                              We catch a show cause for it... kinda like an FTA. You then receive a court date and have to go in front of a judge to explain why you missed court. If you're found guilty you face a fine and or jail time for contempt. We had an officer placed in lockup over it, until she came up with the $50.
                              You mean they fine and put the officer in jail for missing a court hearing? That is the most ridicules thing I have ever heard. I’m sorry but I just do not see the point in that. While it is our responsibility to appear for our hearings, and we should be held responsible (if we do not show), that is a slight overkill. When I go to hearings about 80% or more people waive the hearing and I just stand there and wait for the DA to tell me they waived. What has happened to common sense in this world?
                              Last edited by blackhawk13; 12-11-2009, 11:15 AM.

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