03-10-2008, 10:01 AM
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: A rather dangerous neighborhood
Re: Going to court for truancy: what to expect?
I've never been to court for truancy, nor do I know anyone that's gone to court for truancy. But I have seen court cases. And my husband is currently doing a year in prison, so I've seen court proceedings...
Depending on the judge and what mood he/she is in, you could get told to go back to school or a fine or community service. If you have doctors notes that's definitely a good thing and most likely they will take it into consideration.
Don't worry, or stress out about it. The most that they can really do is fine you, give you community service and tell you to go back to school. If it's the first offense they are more likely to go lenient on you.
If you have doctors notes etc, make sure you bring them to court with you. Documentation is a VERY good thing to have.
But once again don't panic. I HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY doubt there will be anything more serious than a fine or community service thrown at you. Truancy isn't a felony, thereby not gonna get you jail time (unless your already on parole or probation but since you've said you've never been to court before you are most likely not on probation or parole) and as I've said before if you have doctors notes than they will take that into consideration.
Just don't stress out about it and hang in there. When you go before the judge, be honest. Tell him "I know I've missed a lot of school and I'm sorry for that, but here's why..." don't sound like it's all an excuse but explain why and tell the judge that you are undergoing treatment, and getting things straightened out.
But don't stress too much. It's nothing major.
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