Among all of the “facts” that people believe when the topic of contesting a traffic ticket is being discussed, the fact that your case will be dismissed if the officer who gave you the ticket does not show up to court is the most widely believed. While there is a very good chance that such an outcome might occur for you, there is no guarantee where that is concerned. While there is a good chance that the judge will dismiss your case if there is no officer for you to question, some judges are not quite so accommodating and simply push the case to another time.
Depending on the state in which you are in, the judge presiding over your case and the officer in question, the judge might simply request a continuance of the case, which means that it will be rescheduled for another time. You will once again have to take time off work and show up to court. However, most judges understand that people have to take time off from work to come to court in the first place, so they rarely reschedule a court date. Also bear in mind, though, that the original court dates are usually set for the convenience of the officers in question. So, the chances of the officers not showing up are slim.
If you really want to get your speeding ticket dismissed, when you show up at court, make sure that you state your case plainly and sincerely. Do not appear belligerent or confrontational and do not be sarcastic with either the judge or the police officer in question. The judge will take everything into consideration and most likely dismiss your case if the officer does not show up on time.
One way of making sure that the officer does not show up for the trial is to push the case so far away that the officer barely remembers the details. You can request postponement of the case for several reasons including serious illness and being out-of-town. If you cannot get the case dismissed you can always try for a plea bargain with the court. In many instances the judge will agree to a lesser charge plea where you will still have to pay a penalty but will not be saddled with the demerit points that go along with a speeding ticket. Next to a dismissal, a reduced penalty is the best thing to hope for as your insurance rates will not be affected as long as you do not get any demerit points.