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Contesting A Citation


Did you receive a ticket, can't afford to pay? Learn more about your options.  Otherwise, keep reading below for additional options.


An arraignment is a hearing where an individual is advised by the Court of his or her rights and the charges he or she faces. The individual will be asked to enter a plea of guilty, not guilty or no contest. Please note that the citing officer will not be present in Court.

An arraignment can be scheduled in person in Room 145, Hall of Justice.


A trial is where an individual testifies about the case. The citing officer will be subpoenaed to appear. The individual has the right to bring witnesses or have a lawyer present. The Court will not provide an attorney.

When requesting a trial in person or by mail, the bail (fine) must be paid in full.

Trial by Written Declaration

A trial by written declaration is a procedure where, instead of appearing in Court, an individual protests his/her case by mail. The individual mails in a written statement on a Trial by Written Declaration form explaining and outlining the facts and events of the case. The individual may include any documentary evidence that could help his/her case. A written report by the citing officer will be subpoenaed. The Commissioner will review all documentation and the ruling will be issued by mail.

Due to the pandemic, the court is not requiring a payment of bail when submitting a request for a Trial by Written Declaration.

California law permits the Court to impose a civil assessment of up to $100 against any individual who fails, after notice and without good cause, to appear in Court for any proceeding, or who fails to pay all or any portion of a fine ordered by the Court. The civil assessment is imposed in addition to, and separate from, any fine connected with a traffic citation.


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