Bay Area police departments made some changes after it was revealed that
their traffic court no-show rate was nearly 20 percent.
After a local television station's report, Redwood City's CHP no-show rate
plummeted from 20 percent to 8 percent. This agency, and others in the area, initiated
tracking systems and other accountability programs. Commissioner George
Saldivar said that the "significant drop in no show rates" showed
that officers "want to do the right thing." According to statistics,
agencies which monitor officers' attendance have significantly higher
Generally, if the officer does not appear in court, the judge will either
reset the case or dismiss it.
An absent officer is an effective defense to a traffic ticket in Bakersfield,
because the officer who wrote the ticket is generally the state's
only witness. If there is no witness, there is no evidence and no case.
Needless to say, crossing one's fingers that the officer doesn't
appear is not a very reliable defense.
An attorney practicing in Tulare County can quickly evaluate your case
and identify any legal or factual defenses you may have, including:
In addition to the trial, an attorney can use a defense as leverage during
plea negotiations, and get the fine and/or points reduced.