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Municipal Court of Atlanta Urges Public to Use Caution with TIKD and Similar Services

Post Date:08/11/2017 12:00 PM

Mayor’s Office of Communications
55 Trinity Avenue, Suite 2500 • Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Anne Torres, Director
404-330-6423, office
404-904-2618, cell
amtorres@atlantaga.gov

Jewanna Gaither, Deputy Press Secretary
404-330-6942, office
404-357-5829, cell
jgaither@atlantaga.gov

 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 11, 2017

News Release

Municipal Court of Atlanta Urges Public to Use Caution with TIKD and Similar Services

No entity can guarantee a “reduced” fee for traffic tickets in the City of Atlanta

ATLANTA – The Municipal Court of Atlanta advises citation holders to use extreme caution when using the services of a new web-based application, TIKD, and similar services. TIKD advertises a service which can reduce fees for traffic citations and assign an attorney who will appear in court on behalf of the citation holder.

The Municipal Court has been made aware of a user complaint where the TIKD-assigned attorney did not appear, and the citation holder was required to pay for their citation, in addition to the fee paid to TIKD. Neither TIKD nor any similar entity can guarantee “a reduced” fee for any traffic ticket. The Atlanta Municipal Court is not bound by any agreement a defendant may have with TIKD, or any similar entity.

TIKD advertises that qualified customers are not required to appear in court. However, this places citation holders at risk of incurring a Failure to Appear (FTA) penalty if neither the attorney nor the citation holder is present on the assigned court date. A Failure to Appear (FTA) penalty can result in additional fees to the citation holder, a bench warrant and potential suspension of driving privileges.

The Municipal Court strongly recommends any individual considering TIKD or similar services to be in constant contact with the attorney assigned to their citation or citations. The Court recommends users ensure that either they or their attorney are present at court on the assigned date. Failure to do so can result in additional penalties to the citation holder, a suspended driver’s license and the issuance of a bench warrant for arrest for failing to appear in court.

For more details on the Municipal Court of Atlanta and its policies, please visit our website at www.court.atlantaga.gov.  You can also reach our Court by phone at (404) 954-7914.

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For more information about the City of Atlanta, please visit http://www.atlantaga.gov or watch City Channel 26. Follow the City of Atlanta on Facebook and Twitter @CityofAtlanta. Follow Mayor Reed on Facebook and Twitter @Kasim Reed

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