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Cop's Corner with Captain Cupp

Captain David G. Cupp

Captain Cupp is the Traffic Division Commander for the Bartlett Police Department.

Each week Captain Cupp will provide citizens of Bartlett with information useful to Bartlett residents concerning traffic and public safety and little known facts about the Bartlett Police Department.

 The Topic this week is: “Pay the Ticket or Go To Court”

This is the most asked question that Police Officers and Court Personnel are asked daily. And it’s one that we really can’t answer for you. From what I have seen over the years once you reside to the fact that you received a ticket now you start working on the cheapest way to get out from under this. I am a firm believer that if you truly feel you are innocent of the charge you need to bring it to court. Everyone has the right to their “Day in Court” but keep in mind it will cost you. Why because you are using resources such as extra personnel and facilities. So if you are found guilty of your charge you will have additional charges of Litigation Taxes and either City or State Cost on top of that.

If you are planning on going to court be prepared to prove your case to the Judge because the Officer will be doing the same. I speak from experience that our Judges will listen to you and will always do the right thing. This is not a “Stamping Process”.

Be Safe…….

Captain David G. Cupp, CFS

Bartlett Police Department

Traffic Division

3730 Appling Road

Bartlett, Tennessee 38133

901-385-5529 x324