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Once you received traffic violation ticket...

The police officer will issue one copy of the traffic violation ticket to the driver and another copy will be sent to court. The court will notify the DMV once they receive the ticket, and henceforth, your traffic violation point will appear on the DMV record. The court will check your driving history record to see if you have gone to traffic school within last 18 months, the period in which you are allowed to attend traffic school only once. If you have not attended traffic school within that time period, the court will assess your bail amount and your traffic school fee, and you may then proceed to enroll in traffic school. Once you successfully finish the course, the certificate will be sent out to court, and the court will notify to the DMV to remove your traffic violation point.

Do not touch phone while driving!

You can get pulled over and issued a traffic violation ticket just for holding your cellular phone while you are driving, whether or not you were actually using the phone.

Drivers under the age of eighteen may not speak on the phone at all while driving, even if they employ hands-free headsets.


Los Angeles Court - Handling Your Ticket

This post was written by Leon on September 16, 2010
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HOW CAN YOU HANDLE YOUR TICKET ONLINE?
You have a number of options for handling your citation[G] or ticket[G] through the Los Angeles Superior Court Online Services. You can:

• Check the status of a ticket by California driver's license number
• Check the status of a ticket by citation number
• Pay for a ticket
• Request traffic school[G]
• Request a 30-day extension to complete traffic school
• Request a 60-day extension from the court appearance date on the ticket
• Request a 90-day extension to make a fine payment
• Request a court date

CAN YOU PAY A TICKET WRITTEN OUTSIDE LOS ANGELES COUNTY?
If your ticket was issued by a law enforcement agency] in a county other than Los Angeles County, you may still be able to pay it online.

WHAT IS A COURTESY NOTICE?
The courtesy notice is not required by law but is mailed as a service of the court to provide you with information to help you handle your ticket. Your courtesy notice is created when the ticket information is entered in the Los Angeles Superior Court’s traffic management system and is usually mailed to you 3 to 4 weeks after you receive a ticket. Your courtesy notice will tell you the:

• Amount of your fine[G] including penalty assessment[G]
• Amount due for traffic school if you are eligible to attend
• Amount due for correctable violations[G]
• Options for entering a not guilty plea to have a court trial[G] or trial by written declaration
• Date and time scheduled for your court appearance

If you do not receive a courtesy notice, you must still appear at the court listed on the ticket by the due date given.

HOW CAN YOU CHECK THE STATUS OF A TICKET?
You can check the status of your ticket using the Search by Driver’s License Number feature. You will need your

• Date of birth
• Driver’s license number

Find your ticket using Online Services Search by Driver’s License Number (lasuperiorcourt.org). You can check the status of your ticket using the Search by Ticket Number feature (lasuperiorcourt.org)...
You will need:

• The assigned court for the ticket
• The law enforcement agency that issued the ticket
• The citation number
• Your date of birth.

HOW DO YOU PAY A TICKET?
You may pay the bail[G] amount or fine for your ticket to the Court before the date on the ticket that you are required to appear. The bail on a ticket is the amount of money required to guarantee your appearance in Court. This amount is set by a bail schedule according to your cited violation.
You can pay your ticket:

• By Online Services on this website
• By phone
• By mail
• In person at the court location on your ticket

When you pay the fine and do not appear in court on the date on the ticket:

• The bail is declared forfeited[G]
• The case[G] may be closed
• The ticket information is forwarded to the DMV and recorded on your driving record

If you do not pay your fine on or before the appearance date on your ticket you must appear in court on that date for an arraignment hearing[G].
At your hearing, you may:

• Pay the bail amount
• Request traffic school if you are eligible
• Enter a plea of guilty, no-contest, or not guilty

When you pay the ticket, the resulting conviction will be reported on your driving record. Most traffic violations are reportable on driver’s license for a period of 3 years. This means that any violations, or points associated with those violations, will remain on your driving record for 3 years.

Some violations require a mandatory court appearance and cannot be paid online or by phone.

HOW DO YOU SCHEDULE A COURT DATE?
Your first court date is your arraignment hearing. You can make your own appointment for your hearing, or your attorney can make it for you if you have one. You should check your calendar before scheduling an arraignment date as appointments for arraignments dates cannot be changed or canceled. Most arraignment hearings are by appointment only. Court sessions are usually scheduled for 8:30 am or 1:30 pm.
You can schedule your arraignment hearing:

• By Online Services on this website
• By phone
• In person at the court location on your ticket

If you fail to appear in court or pay a ticket by the due date a DMV hold may be placed on your driver's license or a warrant[G] being issued for your arrest.

HOW CAN YOU GET A NIGHT COURT ARRAIGNMENT HEARING?
You can have an arraignment hearing in night court. You can schedule your night court hearing by phone or online. You can find the phone number you need when you select the courthouse listed on your ticket under Traffic Locations.

CAN YOU REQUEST AN APPEARANCE DATE EXTENSION?
You can request a 60-day extension on your court date appearance if you are eligible.

WHAT IS TRAFFIC SCHOOL?
Traffic school is a program where you will receive instruction in driving and traffic safety that can enhance your driving knowledge and skill level. Your successful completion of a course from one of the approved traffic school may allow your violation to be masked from public view on your driving record. This can prevent your insurance company from seeing your violation and raising your insurance rates. An onsite traffic school provides a classroom setting for instruction. Attendance is required. A home study traffic school program offers an alternative for those who may not wish to attend traffic school in person. You will cover similar information in each type of course. The home study option allows you to study at your own pace. Both programs must be completed within a specified period and require you to pass an exam.

If you fail to return your certificate of completion from traffic school then your ticket is closed. The DMV is notified of a conviction instead of a dismissal. This will result in a point on your driving record.

For a list of traffic schools with a classroom setting, view the Violators Schools List.
For a list of home study programs, view the Home Study Providers List. .

HOW DO YOU REQUEST TRAFFIC SCHOOL?
You can request traffic school at your arraignment hearing where it will be determined if you are eligible. You must be eligible for traffic school to sign up online or by phone. When you check your ticket information online it will show if you are eligible for traffic school and allow you to sign up.
You may not sign up for traffic school online or by phone if:

• You have attended traffic school on a previous violation that occurred within the last 18 months. You must appear in court and make your request to a judicial officer[G].
• You are a juvenile.
• You are ordered to attend a 12-hour traffic school.

You cannot request traffic school for two-point violations listed such as:

• Driving with a suspended license
• Failing to stop at an accident scene
• Reckless driving
• Engaging in speed contests

You must pay the ticket bail amount and a non-refundable administrative fee before you can enroll. The traffic school will charge you an additional fee to attend their program.

CAN YOU REQUEST A TRAFFIC SCHOOL EXTENSION?
You may request one 30-day extension from the court in order to complete your traffic school. If you are not eligible for a traffic school completion date extension, this option will not appear.

WHAT ARE YOUR OPTIONS IF YOU PLEAD NOT GUILTY?
You may choose your trial type if you decide to plead not guilty. Your choices are:

• Court Trial[G]
• Summary Trial[G]
• Trial by Written Declaration[G]

Your bail will be returned to you if you are found not guilty at the end of your trial. If you are found guilty, your bail is forfeited and applied to the fine.

HOW DO YOU HANDLE A CORRECTIBLE VIOLATION?
You may have gotten a fix-it ticket[G] or correctible violations added to your ticket. Proof of correction will be required before you can pay the ticket. Your proof must be submitted by mail or in person. You may not handle these tickets online or by phone. Your ticket may be for or include:

• Mechanical equipment problems
• Expired vehicle registration
• Expired driver’s license
• No proof of insurance

Your charges may be dismissed if you present proof of correction to the court by the due date and pay the required fee per violation. Your proof of correction certification must be done by an authorized agency, which may also require that you pay a sign-off[G] fee. The type of violation determines the appropriate agency:

Violation Type May be certified as corrected by:
Driver license
Proof of insurance
Registration violations
The DMV or by any clerk or deputy clerk of a Los Angeles Superior Court
Brake
Lights
Muffler violations
Smog device
Any station that is licensed to make such inspections and certifications
Any violation may be certified as corrected by a Police Department, the CHP, the sheriff, the marshal, or another law enforcement agency regularly engaged in enforcement of the Vehicle Code

Correctible violations must be handled in person or by mail. Proof of correction cannot be supplied online or by phone.

WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU DO NOT PAY YOUR FINE?
If you do not pay your fine or appear in court by the due date, a bench warrant[G] may be issued for your arrest and a DMV hold may be placed on your driver’s license. You may have a late fee added to your fine. Your charge can be the amount of 50 percent of the total initial penalty due for any fine that is not paid within 20 days after notice of the penalty assessment is mailed. The DMV will be notified that you did not pay your fine. You will not be able to renew your driver license. If you have two or more violations, the DMV may suspend your license until it receives an abstract[G] indicating the violations have been satisfied. When your fine is paid or you make an appointment to appear in court, the warrant can be recalled to avoid your arrest.

CAN YOU REQUEST A FINE PAYMENT EXTENSION?
You can request a 90-day extension on your fine payment due date. If you are not eligible for a fine payment extension, this option will not appear.

WHAT IS A DMV ABSTRACT?
When your ticket is cleared, the court notifies the DMV within five days so the hold can be removed from your license. You will be charged an abstract fee if you request that the DMV be notified immediately. You may make this request:

• By mail with payment included to address on courtesy notice or ticket
• In person at the court location from which the hold was issued

WHAT HAPPENS IF YOUR TICKET GOES TO COLLECTIONS[G]?
If you fail to pay or appear in court by the due date, the ticket is referred to GC Services Collection Agency (GC Services). A penalty for $300.00 is added to the total due. When your ticket is referred to GC Services, they will send you a notice with the total amount due. GC Services will deduct the $300.00 assessment if you pay the total due within 10 days of the notice. Once the ticket has been referred to the collection agency, you must pay the total due to the collection agency and not the court. If the ticket remains unpaid, then the court places a hold with the DMV on your driver’s license. You will need to obtain an abstract from the clerk’s office in order to release the hold that was placed on your driver’s license when the ticket is paid.

You cannot submit payment to the court if your ticket is delinquent and referred GC Services. You must contact GC Services to arrange for payment.

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