Yet another new website available to users in Apple Valley touts the trial
by written declaration as the best thing since sliced bread.
This time, it’s ca-ticket.com. According to founder Geoff Mousseau,
the site helps drivers prepare the paperwork and provides instructions
for submitting it. Furthermore, he claims that only two people have expressed
dissatisfaction with the process. In a TBD, the driver basically writes
a letter detailing any defenses or requests for mercy, the officer submits
a similar writing, and the judge makes a decision.
A driver has 25 days from the date of the ticket to submit a TBD, and the
officer thereafter has 25 days to
Traffic Ticket Procedure
When it first appeared almost 20 years ago, the TBD was a nice little
loophole. Back then, because penalty assessments were still relatively low, the
county didn’t care much about the money and therefore didn’t
care much if a few TBDs slipped through the cracks. But now, with governments
watching every penny, officers are often disciplined if they do not follow-through
on the citations they write. Moreover, in many cases, the judge will keep
extending the response deadline until the officer responds.
That point also brings up one of the major downsides of a TBD: drivers
must pay the entire bail fee upfront, because TBDs were excluded from
last year’s finding that it is discriminatory to charge the bail
fee upfront before setting a ticket for trial.
The TBD is still a good idea in some cases, and particularly if the driver
has an open-and-shut defense. But a personalized, professional defense
will get you much better results. In addition to advocating for you in
front of the judge, an attorney can leverage the defenses you have into
reduced charges or reduced penalties, meaning that you don’t even
have to go to trial to see a positive result.
Getting Legal Help
The aggressive attorneys at Bigger & Harman, APC, are committed to
giving individuals a voice when dealing with speeding and traffic tickets.
Call today at 661-349-9300 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the personal professional attention you deserve. En español,
llame al 661-349-9755.