Honestly it depends !!! If your buddy did something that was stupid and is no big deal like having a small amount of weed or not crossing in the cross walk!!! Those are some simple examples where it is up to the officer to write your pal a ticket instead of arresting him and since it will be. Mistamenour often times the cop knows when that court will be next!!! Like mistamenour court is on Monday's between 8 am to 4 pm ect!!!
It depends in small towns the police do assign court dates in case your passing through and do have to show up or they can tell how much the speeding ticket will be and actually collect it and you will get a receipt for it