Can an officer check off another violation on a ticket after it has already been signed by myself for a different violation without my consent?

I received an unreasonable noise amplification ticket at my home. I read and signed the ticket after making sure with the officer that that was all i was being charged with. Regretfully i lied about my age at first, but came clean and told the officers the truth right after. After hearing that the officer said ” Well you already signed it” in a condescending tone and checked off the “Nuisance Party” gave me the ticket and left. Now i have no clue what I’m really being charged with and I completely disagree with the change

Asked on May 24, 2009 under Criminal Law, Colorado

Answers:

J.M.A., Member in Good Standing of the Connecticut Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Officers can change people with whatever they want to.  The question is whether the charges stick at the end of the day.  As a result, i strongly suggest that you go to court on the court date and find out exactly whart the charges are.  The state's atty will tell you what you are charged with and you can then make a decision whether you want to admit guilt of hire a lawyer to se if he can get the charges thrown out.  I suggest that you avoid arguing with the state's atty about the case of trying to get out of it yourself.  Tell the state's atty that you think you need to hire a lawyer after he tells you the charges.  if he will give you a break and let you pay a charitable contibution in exchange for dropping the charge or let you do some comm. service, then take the deal, otherwise hire a lawyer as you do not want to have a criminal record if you can avoid it.


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