What do you do if you’re given a ticket?
  • There will be instructions (in English) on the ticket.
  • If the charge has a mandatory court appearance you must go to court. You can either plead guilty or innocent. If you plead innocent you will have a trial. You can consider hiring an attorney for yourself or asking the court to appoint an attorney for you. If you plead guilty, the judge will hand down the appropriate punishment for whatever offense was committed.
  • If there is not a mandatory court appearance you can choose to go to court on the court date which is written on the citation OR just pay the fine. You can pay online or at the courthouse. You can still hire an attorney to help you through this process if you choose.
  • We cannot recommend a specific attorney to you, but there are a number of defense attorneys in town that can assist you through the process if you choose to hire one or if the court appoints an attorney to represent you. These legal services are not associated with the Boone Police Department.

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1. How can you reduce the chance of being stopped by law enforcement officers?
2. How do you know if you’re being stopped by law enforcement? What are you supposed to do?
3. What does the officer do before getting out of the patrol car? What should you do?
4. What will the officer ask you to do?
5. What happens if you don’t have a valid driver’s license?
6. What do you do if you’re given a warning?
7. What do you do if you’re given a ticket?
8. What can you do if you don’t understand the officer?
9. Will the officer report you to ICE?
10. What should you do if you are in an automobile accident, no injury?
11. What should you do if you’re in an automobile accident, with injuries?
12. What information are you required to give to the police, to the other driver?
13. If you are hurt, will someone contact your family or friends? Will someone help you if you don’t understand?
14. Why are there patrol cars parked in some neighborhoods?
15. What branches of local law enforcement are involved in check points?
16. How can you be informed about police activity in your neighborhoods and not be afraid?
17. What can you do if you think that the officer did something wrong or inappropriate?
18. How can you get a legal, officially recognized ID card?
19. What other forms of identification should you have?
20. Where can your community groups meet that you feel safe? We have been told that some don’t feel safe traveling to and from gatherings.
21. How can you get help for your children if they are bullied in school or community activities?
22. How can you get protection if you are bullied in your workplace?
23. Does ICE seek help from local law enforcement personnel, parole officers and court officials, or other officials? If a person is detained, what is the processing procedure, how can you get immediate h
24. If someone from ICE comes to your home, work, or stops your car, what should you do? Are they supposed to show identification? Do you have to answer questions? Who can help you if you don’t understand
25. How can you get help if you are physically attacked or victim of a crime? Can you get someone to be with you who can help you understand and get the help you need?