There are many reasons you may need to postpone court (get a continuance).
Traffic court is not like a doctor’s appointment, you don’t
get to pick a date and time that is convenient for you. Therefore, the
court sometimes understands that some things are more important than a
court date, such as military duty, hospital appointments for surgery,
unscheduled visits to the county jail, deportment, or when your attorney
needs more time to prepare for your defense. However, the judge is not
obligated to give you another date or a continuance. You or your attorney
will need to arrange to postpone court, you should never just not show
up for a court date, as that is a Failure to Appear (FTA), which is considered
a violation of CA law and punishable by more fines, a possible driver’s
license (DL) suspension, and depending on the reason for the original
court appearance could result in a bench warrant for your immediate arrest.
Consult an Attorney to Postpone Court
The first thing you should do after your get a traffic ticket is consult
an attorney. In most cases, you will not need to appear in court. For
“fix-it” tickets, such as driving without a license, insurance,
or registration in your possession, a broken taillight, or equipment charges
you can to get it fixed and bring the proof to the ticketing law enforcement
(LE) officer or court clerk when the LE officer is not available, pay
any necessary fees and penalties, and go on your way.
However, when you have a minor infraction, such as a lane violation, speeding
less than 100 mph, or any other violation of CA Vehicle Code (CVC) you
should never just pay the fine, accept traffic school, and go on your
way. Speak to a traffic ticket attorney first. Major infractions, such
as speeding over 100 mph or misdemeanors and felony charges demand that
you consult with an attorney because of the penalties and possible jail
time involved. Always consult a traffic ticket attorney before you decide
what to do about fighting a ticket or pleading guilty, which is what you
are doing when you just pay the fine.
Dates You Cannot Change
There are some circumstances when you cannot change or postpone court,
· Within ten days of the court date
· Arraignment dates
· If you have already had one continuance
You should call the court clerk as soon as possible after you realize you
cannot make a court date, but if your arraignment date is within ten days
or you’ve already been given an extension, you better prepare to
be there or contact a traffic ticket attorney to appear for you.
You may also be able to change your arraignment to night court (not all
municipalities offer night court) by calling the court clerk at the court
noted on your citation at least ten days before your court date.
Hire a Central Valley Traffic Ticket Attorney
Bigger & Harman, a local Central Valley firm has a reputation for dependability
and excellence with truckers and other drivers in Central Valley, CA.
Additionally, Bigger & Harman can always go to court for you whenever
you need legal representation at arraignment, trial, or when you need
to request to postpone court to another date. Read their write up on
Nolo.com, a leading internet legal website.
Bigger & Harman offers a free, no obligation phone consultation to
prospective clients, 661-349-9300. Additionally, they represent clients
in traffic court in San Bernardino, Kern, Kings, LA County, Fresno, and
many other Central Valley and SoCal counties. Call the office, set up
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