The best place to start looking for outstanding warrants or traffic violations
that you have not corrected by appearing in court or paying your fine
is on the California Courts Judicial Branch
website or the county court website where you received the ticket. If you know
you received a traffic ticket in Riverside County, CA, you can start by
going to their
website. Whichever website you start your search on, be advised that most tickets
are not posted online for 30 days or more, so both websites will advise
you to wait a minimum of 30 days.
Since you will be searching a secure site to find your ticket or warrants,
you should have either the ticket or your driver’s license number
handy for verification. Simple type Riverside County Court, or whichever
county you received your ticket from into the search engine, and then
choose Search Court Records or Traffic. If you choose Search Court Records,
you will need to register and login. If you choose Traffic, you will need
to choose Moreno Valley or Corona Courthouse, and then follow the instructions.
Failure to Appear (FTA)
If you were scheduled to appear in court and you did not pay your fine
or otherwise settle your ticket before the court date, there could be
a bench warrant for your arrest. Normally, judges will issue bench warrants
for serious infractions, misdemeanors, or felonies, such as speeding more
than 100 mph, DUI, reckless driving, or hit and run. A hit and run could
be either a misdemeanor or a felony. If there were property damage to
anything other than your vehicle, regardless of the dollar amount or if
you knew of the damage, it is a misdemeanor. Likewise, a hit and run with
injury/injuries is a felony, regardless of the extent of injury/death
or if you knew of an injury or death.
Judges do not normally issue warrants for minor infractions or nonpayment
of fines; however, the court could report your FTA and nonpayment to a
credit collection agency and law enforcement, so the next time you are
stopped for any reason, you will need to resolve your FTA and/or nonpayment.
Hire a Local Lawyer
If you discover you have warrants to resolve or an FTA, get the advice
and counsel of a traffic ticket attorney. Do not just pay your fine or
go to court and “throw yourself on the mercy of the court”.
A good traffic ticket attorney can most likely get your fine dismissed
or reduced. Call Bigger & Harman for a free, confidential phone consultation
with no obligation to continue or retain their services.
Mark Bigger and Paul Harman make up the legal team of Bigger & Harman,
APC, they are ticket defenders and represent clients in Central Valley
traffic courts in Tulare, Kern, Kings, Mono, Inyo, and Fresno, plus some
counties in Southern California, such as San Luis Obispo, San Bernardino,
Los Angeles, and Riverside counties in Southern California (SoCal) courts.
Those traffic courts are in Porterville, Lamont, Hanford, Shafter, Bishop,
Bridgeport, San Luis Obispo, Barstow, Bakersfield, and many other major
cities in Central and Southern California.
Call Bigger & Harman, 661-349-9300, or email:
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