Especially if you live outside of central California, you may want to consider
a trial by written
declaration. But beware that there can also be a downside to a trial by
To be eligible for
trial by written declaration, you must have received only a traffic citation or other infraction, your
ticket must not be overdue and you must not have been ordered to appear in court.
While some traffic ticket attorney offer services that prepare a written
statement that includes your version of the events as well as the legal
arguments on your behalf. The downside is that sometimes the officers
will be less inclined to deal with your attorney if you lose and then
request (as is your right) a trial in person. This issue has come up with
truckers ticketed for a violation of vehicle code 22406 on I-5 on the
grapevine and sent to Lamont court.
You may want to request a phone consultation with a local attorney before
picking the option that is best for you.