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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 - Traffic Court

This post was written by Leon on September 21, 2010
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WHAT IS TRAFFIC COURT?
The Los Angeles County Superior Court[G] has 27 traffic locations that process over 1.8 million new citations[G] each year. Any violation(s)[G] written on a Notice to Appear[G] by a law enforcement officer[G] and filed directly with the court are processed in the Los Angeles County Superior Court’s Traffic Division. These citations are typically issued for infractions[G] and some misdemeanor[G] violations.

WHAT ARE DIFFERENT TYPES OF TICKETS ISSUED?
There are three different types of tickets[G] issued by law enforcement officers. The types of violations they are issued for are:

• Parking
• Infractions
• Misdemeanors

When the officer asks you to sign the ticket that does not mean you admit you are guilty. You are promising to appear in court or to pay the ticket.

WHAT INFORMATION IS ON YOUR TICKET?
You will need the information on your ticket to determine how to proceed. It is important to read the information on your ticket. The front of your ticket provides you with the following information:

• Citation number
• Issuing agency[G]
• Date issued
• Time issued
• Violations cited
• Location of violation
• Issuing officer
• Place to appear
• Time to appear
• Court phone number

WHAT IS A PARKING TICKET?
You may receive a parking ticket[G] when you park your car in a restricted area or you park in an improper manner. You should contact the parking agency[G] listed on the ticket and ask what to do if you think you got the ticket by mistake. If you do not pay the ticket before it is due, your fine[G] will increase. If you do not pay your parking ticket at all, you will not be able to renew your car's registration. Parking tickets are not filed with the court but are handled by the city where it was written or the Los Angeles Parking Violations Bureau. The following phone numbers are for parking ticket information only:

City Agency Phone
City of Los Angeles (213) 623-6533
City of Beverly Hills (800) 752-1195
City of Culver City (888) 788-2755
City of El Segundo (310) 524-2200
City of Hawthorne (310) 970-7932
City of Inglewood (310) 412-5500
City of Long Beach (562) 570-6822
City of Montebello (323) 887-1212
City of Santa Clarita (661) 259-2489
City of Santa Monica (800) 214-1526
City of West Hollywood (800) 687-2458

WHAT IS AN INFRACTION TICKET?
You can receive an infraction ticket[G] when you violate the vehicle code[G] or local ordinances[G]. You will usually pay a fine that will include a penalty assessment[G] and fees. Depending of the type of violation, you can request community service in addition. You will not serve jail time for an infraction ticket. You may have a lawyer represent you but you will not be entitled to court appointed counsel[G]. Some of the most common vehicle code infractions tickets are for:

• Speeding
• Expired license
• Expired registration
• Broken automobile equipment
• Running a red light or stop sign

Some of the common local ordinances violations are:

• Building or housing codes
• Disturbing the peace
• Littering
• Public transit fare evasion

Infraction appeals are handled by Los Angeles Superior Court Criminal Division.

WHAT IS A MISDEMEANOR TICKET?
You can be given a misdemeanor ticket for more serious crimes. Misdemeanors are punishable by jail time of up to 1 year and/or a fine. Your base fine[G] for a misdemeanor will be higher than an infraction fine. You may also have to pay restitution[G] in addition to the fine. Some of the misdemeanor violations you can be cited for are:

• Reckless driving
• Driving without a license
• Driving with a suspended license
• Vandalism

WHAT HELP IS AVAILABLE IF YOU HAVE A DISABILITY?
If you have a disability and need assistance, ask the Clerk's Office immediately to help accommodate your needs. If you are hearing-impaired and need assistance, please notify the Clerk's Office immediately.