Germantown Municipal Court, located in Germantown, TN, is a seemingly heavy handed court which makes handling ones fines unduly burdensome. This court, from what I have seen, looks for "technicalities" within the law to jail people over minor traffic offenses forcing people to have to obtain Attorneys for violations such as minor traffic offenses they should be able to speak directly with the judge about.
I recieved two traffic citations for minor traffic violations such as seatbelt, taillight. I missed my court date when I fell on extremely hard times. I left Tennessee. When I called the court to see if I could reschedule my court date due to emergencies, I was told after anyone misses court a warrant is automatically issued and that person must be arrest "First" before they could talk to the judge.
So I asked the court clerk if I showed up simply to try to resolve my violation they would arrest me and I was told "Yes". [continued below]....
..... Wow. Most courts will let you talk to the judge who decides what to do. I asked how much were my fines and was informed I could only get that information "From the judge". So now I don't know how much to even bring with me. I have called not one but "Several" people and this is the answer they all give. I was also told to "Get a lawyer" to come with me. Wow.
When I called around to find attorneys the going rate is in the thousands of dollars!!! I am poor and simply can't afford that. Plus, the attorneys say "No guarantees". They can't even assure me I won't be arrested. This court is held one day of every week which is Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. So anyone arrested would have to spend days in jail.
This is unbelievable. I have never known a court to force people to get an attorney under threat of arrest for minor traffic violations. No one believes me when I tell them about Germantown because they have never dealt with Germantown which is a small, very conservative, majority white town.
If you are poor or minority stay away from this town and all small, rural, redneck towns in the South. This seems like "Perverted Justice".