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.
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, 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 8:00AM on the appearance date at the bottom of your ticket. Please report to the window and ask to be added to the docket.
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:
- Charge a misdemeanor failure to appear charge with $260.00 additional penalties
- Issue a warrant for your arrest
- Notify the DMV to hold, or refuse to renew, your driving privileges
- Impose a civil assessment of $300.00
- Refer your case to a private collection agency for further action
PROOF OF CORRECTION
Driver’s license, insurance, vehicle registration, and mechanical violations will be dismissed by the court if proof of correction (POC) along with the $25.00 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. Driver’s license and registration violations may be certified at an office of the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) or presented to the court.
NOTE: It is your responsibility to present or mail proof of correction to the court along with the POC FEE.
is located in the
Hall of Justice
2610 Riverside Drive
Susanville, CA 96130
Operational Hours are from 8AM - 4PM (Building Hours are from 8AM - 5PM)
SELECT THE OPTION ‘LOCAL PAYMENTS’
WHEN PROMPTED YOU NEED TO ENTER THE FOLLOWING:
PAYMENT ENTITY: LASSEN COUNTY
PAYMENT TYPE: COURT PAYMENTS
JURISDICTION CODE: 1506
3. THEN ENTER:
CREDIT CARD INFORMATION
AMOUNT OF PAYMENT
4. YOU WILL BE GIVEN A CONFIRMATION NUMBER, PLEASE PRINT A COPY OR WRITE IT DOWN, FOR YOUR fileS.
PAYMENTS BY PHONE
Call OFFICIAL PAYMENTS AT 1-800-272-9829
SELECT OPTION #3 - "property tax AND ALL OTHER PAYMENTS"
When it ASKs FOR A JURISDICTION CODE – ENTER 1506
The attendant will ASK IF YOU WANT LASSEN COUNTY – ENTER '1' FOR YES
A list of options will be given to you – SELECT OPTION '6' - COURT PAYMENTS
you will be asked for the DEFENDANT'S CASE NUMBER/DOCKET NUMBER
Enter the amount you want to pay
you will BE GIVEN A CONFIRMATION NUMBER - please write it down and keep it for your records.