Apr. 18, 2014
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Contesting A Citation

Read this Important Information Sheet.

Arraignment

An arraignment is a hearing where an individual is advised by the Court of his rights and the charges he or she faces. The individual will be asked to enter a plea of guilty, not guilty or no contest. Please note that the citing officer will not be present in Court.

An arraignment can be scheduled in person in Room 145, Hall of Justice. The full bail must be posted when requesting a court date by mail.

Trial

A trial is where an individual testifies about the case. The citing officer will be subpoenaed to appear. The individual has the right to bring witnesses or have a lawyer present. The Court will not provide an attorney.

When requesting a trial in person or by mail, the bail (fine) must be paid in full.

Trial by Written Declaration

A trial by written declaration is a procedure where, instead of appearing in Court, an individual protests his/her case by mail. The individual mails in a written statement on a Trial by Written Declaration form explaining and outlining the facts and events of the case. The individual may include any documentary evidence that could help his/her case. A written report by the citing officer will be subpoenaed. The Commissioner will review all documentation and the ruling will be issued by mail.

The full bail must be posted when a Trial by Written Declaration is requested.

If you Fail To Appear In Court
Or Fail To Pay Your Traffic Citation,
It Could Cost You $300.

Effective August 22, 2005, a civil assessment of $300 will be added to any traffic fine if you fail to post bail on time or to appear for your scheduled court date.

California law permits the Court to impose a civil assessment of up to $300 against any individual who fails, after notice and without good cause, to appear in Court for any proceeding, or who fails to pay all or any portion of a fine ordered by the Court. The civil assessment is imposed in addition to, and separate from, any fine connected with a traffic citation.

Forms

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