Adjudicate My Ticket
According to Nolo.com the legal definition of adjudicating is “1)
In a judicial proceeding, the act of resolving a dispute or deciding a
case. 2) A judicial ruling or decision.” So, for those who ask,
“How do I adjudicate my ticket?” the answer may be as simple
as paying your fine. However, the easy choice is not always the best choice
or even the least expensive over time.
When you receive a traffic ticket or citation for a violation of the CA
Vehicle Code (CVC) there are a few options you can take. First, you can
plead guilty or no contest or “nolo contendere,” which simply means you don’t agree with the charge against
you but you will accept the penalty. Usually, no contest is used when
there is a civil action pending but you need to clear the ticket, so you
don’t want to reveal anything that could be used against you at
the civil trial, and then pay the ticket. A no contest plea, once the
fine is paid, looks same on your motor vehicle driving record (MVR).
In CA, you can normally pay in person, by phone, or online. Check your
ticket or reminder and it will say if you can pay online. You can also
Google the court, say Fresno court and the page to pay online will be
one of the choices.
DO NOT use an online option if you will plead not guilty or for fix-it tickets.
Take your fix-it ticket with the correction to the courthouse, so the
law enforcement officer can clear you.
If you wish to ask the judge to consider your ability to pay or ask for
a payment schedule, you must do that at your arraignment or trial. In
cases where you must pay bail to request a court trial, you can ask then,
too. After the judge has granted your request for payments, you may then
pay online. You should always consult with a traffic ticket attorney before
pleading guilty, nolo contendere, paying your fine, CG services, or MSB
Plead Not Guilty
If you want to fight the ticket, you have two options, ask for an arraignment
with a trial on another date, or an arraignment and trial on the same
date. There are some cases where you must pay bail when the arraignment
date and the trial date are different, this is a convenience offered by
the court. When the court has a specific reason for bail, such as it is
required by law, you refuse to sign agreeing to appear, or the court decides
you may not show up for trial due to the severity of your charge, these
are usually felony hit and run, vehicular homicide, or other serious charges.
At the Arraignment
At the Arraignment, the court officer or judicial officer will tell you
what you have been charged with, explain your rights, ask you how you
plead, what will happen if you request a separate date. The best choice
is to consult an attorney, ask Bigger & Harman, “Should I adjudicate
my ticket?” before you decide.
Always Consult a Local Traffic Ticket Attorney
Bigger & Harman have been assisting clients with traffic tickets for
more than a decade and will let you know if you need legal representation
in court during a FREE initial consultation by phone, call Bigger &
Harman. In Fresno, Kern, Kings, or other Central Valley Counties and in
some SoCal locations such as San Bernardino, LA, or Riverside counties.
Likewise, the FREE consult is confidential and without obligation. So,
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