Why aren’t the employees more helpful?

The law prohibits Fort Mill Municipal Court employees other than the Municipal Judge or Associate Municipal Judge from explaining or interpreting the law. As a result, court employees must refrain from answering many questions asked of them because to do so would constitute legal advice, which personnel may not provide. Instead, they must refer you to competent legal counsel.

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1. Can I reschedule/continue my court date?
2. Do I have court today?
3. Something unexpected has come up (e.g. illness, car issues, etc.) and I cannot make my court date today. Can you tell the judge/officer or continue my case?
4. Why didn’t the judge dismiss my case since the officer was not there ?
5. Can I represent myself?
6. My child (age 17 or older) received a ticket for curfew violation, possession of tobacco, or underage drinking. Does he/she need to go to court?
7. My child (age 16 or older) received a traffic ticket. Does he/she need to appear in court?
8. What is the procedure for entering a plea to a criminal charge?
9. What happens at a trial?
10. Can I plead by phone?
11. How long is the court session? Will it last longer than an hour?
12. Can I get a prayer for judgment?
13. Can I appear earlier than my trial date and time and speak with the judge?
14. Can I pay my ticket and still appear to plead not guilty?
15. What is the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) telephone number ?
16. What to do if my driver’s license is suspended for failing to pay a traffic ticket?
17. What type of payments do you accept?
18. When do I have to have my fine?
19. Can my fine be deducted from monies posted for my bond?
20. What will happen if I don’t pay my fine by the due date ?
21. Can I pay over the phone?
22. When will I get my bond money back?
23. Who gets the money on a refund?
24. What are court costs?
25. What do I do about the officer being rude?
26. Why aren’t the employees more helpful?
27. Will you call the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and tell them I paid my ticket?