- Report: #949069
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Complaint Review: Germantown Municipal Court
Germantown Municipal Court1930 S. Germantown Road Germantown, Tennessee United States of America
Germantown Municipal Court City of Germantown: Municipal Court Heavy handed Court which results to Threats/Violates the "due process" of individuals; Bigoted Germantown, Tennessee
*Consumer Comment: Warning To All Minorities: Germantown Ct is
*General Comment: Lawyers charge much more for tickets in Germantown than those in Memphis.. Not sure why.
*Consumer Comment: I Second the Original Post; Germantown Municipal Court is too tough; Not flexible
*Consumer Comment: I Agree- Germantown Municipal Court is so Tough it is a Cash Cow for lawyers
*Author of original report: Actually you are Wrong. "ALL" courts don't work this way. Even Memphis Clerk stated Germantown was Very Different
*Author of original report: Courts Are Suppose to be "Understanding", at least that's what a Judge Once told me
*Consumer Comment: Not exactly.
*Consumer Comment: IF what you said is true.......
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". 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".
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 10/01/2012 10:07 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Germantown-Municipal-Court/Germantown-Tennessee-38138/Germantown-Municipal-Court-City-of-Germantown-Municipal-Court-Heavy-handed-Court-which-re-949069. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.
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