Traffic Court


Traffic Court Department Two

SUPERIOR COURT of CALIFORNIA
LASSEN COUNTY
DEPARTMENT TWO

TRAFFIC INFORMATION

You may visit the Traffic Division of Lassen County Superior Court at the Department 2 location in the Courthouse Annex daily from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  The Traffic Division is located at 220 South Lassen Street, Suite 2, Susanville, CA  96130.  The phone number is 530-251-8205.

     Please review carefully all information on the traffic citation that you signed, promising to appear at the time and date specified.

HOW MUCH IS MY TICKET?

A courtesy notice will be sent to the address listed on your ticket. The notice will state the amount you owe (bail), whether or not a court appearance is required and the date by which you must take care of your ticket.  If you have not received a notice five days prior to the appearance date at the bottom of your ticket, please call the traffic division at (530) 251-8205.

     If you received a ticket for a mechanical violation, you may be able to pay a reduced amount if the mechanical problem is fixed. The notice will show a reduced amount if that applies.

     You may be eligible for traffic school, and if you are a California driver, the notice will indicate the amount you must pay to attend traffic school. If you are an out-of-state driver, you may call the court (530-251-8205) to determine your eligibility.

    If you mail in the amount owed for your ticket, you may send a personal check, certified bank check or money order in US FUNDS made payable to Lassen County Superior Court. Do not mail cash.  Partial payments will not be accepted. In some circumstances, upon your request, a payment plan may be authorized by the court (a $30 installment fee is added to fine).

     Forfeiture of bail (payment of your traffic ticket) is the same as a conviction of the offense(s), and will close the case. Please include your Docket Number on your check or money order.

     You have been given a date on your ticket to appear, and by signing the ticket, you have given your promise to appear. Most tickets can be taken care of without appearing simply by paying the amount due on or before the appearance date on your ticket. If you fail to pay the ticket or appear in court, a misdemeanor charge of failure to appear will be added and the amount owed will be increased. A civil assessment may also be added to the amount due, a hold may be placed on your driverís license by DMV, and your case may be referred to a collection agency .

PROOF OF CORRECTION

     Driverís license, insurance, vehicle registration, and mechanical violations will be dismissed by the court if proof of correction (POC) along with the $10.00 POC FEE is presented to the court by mail or in person by the due date.

     Proof of correction for equipment violations can be obtained by having a law enforcement officer sign off your copy of the citation. Insurance violations may be certified at the court by a clerk. Driverís license and registration violations may be certified at an office of the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

     NOTE: It is your responsibility to present or mail proof of correction to the court along with the POC FEE.

TRAFFIC SCHOOL

     You may be eligible for traffic school if you have not attended in the past 18 months, have no more than two prior convictions within the last 18 months, AND have an eligible violation.

     To request traffic school, sign the back of your courtesy notice, and pay the total court traffic school fee.  Traffic schools are listed in the yellow pages of your phone directory, or you may ask the court to send you a list of traffic schools provided by DMV. Traffic schools are private businesses and will charge an additional fee.

     The court will continue your case for 90 days (the date is shown on your courtesy notice) to complete your local traffic school program. When you have completed traffic school, mail your original certificate of compliance to Lassen County Superior Court at 220 S. Lassen Street, Suite 2, Susanville, CA  96130.

     The court will notify DMV that your traffic violation has been dismissed upon completion of traffic school.

HOW DO I PLEAD NOT GUILTY?

     If you wish to plead not guilty by mail, you must either (1) schedule a Court Trial date, or (2) request a Trial by Declaration.  You will be required to post bail in either situation.

     If you are charged with an infraction violation, you may plead not guilty and request a court trial by sending the total bail amount to the court five days prior to the appearance date. Please sign the back of your courtesy notice requesting a Court Trial. You will be notified of your trial date and time by mail.  Your bail will be held in a trust account until your case is decided.

     If you are charged with an infraction violation, you may plead not guilty and request a trial by declaration by sending the total bail amount to the court five days prior to the appearance date.  Please sign the back of your courtesy notice requesting a trial by declaration. The clerk will mail declaration forms to you.  You will not have to appear in court and your bail will be held in a trust account until your case is decided.

     If you wish to plead not guilty in person, you must appear in court promptly at 9:30 a.m. on the appearance date at the bottom of your ticket. Traffic court is located at Department 2, Courthouse Annex, 220 South Lassen Street, Suite 2, Susanville, CA 96130.

MANDATORY APPEARANCE

     If your citation is for a misdemeanor violation and/or requires a mandatory appearance, you must appear in Department 2 of the Superior Court (in the courthouse annex) by 10:00 am on your appearance date shown on the bottom of your traffic ticket.

FAILURE TO APPEAR

     If you fail to appear or pay your traffic ticket by your appearance date, the court will take one or more of the following actions: