If you get pulled over for a traffic violation and aren’t able cry your way out of the situation, 9 times out of 10 you’re going home with a ticket. I’m not a novice to traffic tickets, I know the drill I’ve heard it before, signing this ticket is not an admission of guilt. I’ve never even thought about what would happen if I refused my signature. Turns out in some states if you don’t autograph your ticket you can be arrested on the spot.
California does have a signature on citation law in place, but not all do. Do you know your state law? Some states like New York don’t even have you sign the ticket. The reason for singing the ticket is that the officer is releasing you on your own recognizance pending a later court date.
I spoke with a few officers about this asking them if it’s a regular occurrence for them to arrest someone for not signing a ticket. The resounding answer was that they try to talk them into signing because arresting someone for such a silly infraction is extra work, but when it does occur it’s typically someone who later blows positive for a DUI.
Hey, we will bail you out of jail, but is it really worth it? You tell me.