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 1:00 p.m. on the appearance date at the bottom of your ticket. Please report to the window and ask to be added to the docket.

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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:

  1. Charge a misdemeanor failure to appear charge with $260.00 additional penalties
  2. Issue a warrant for your arrest
  3. Notify the DMV to hold, or refuse to renew, your driving privileges
  4. Impose a civil assessment of $300.00
  5. Refer your case to a private collection agency for further action

TRAFFIC SCHOOL

If you qualify you may attend any 6 to 8 hour classroom course near you. Please check www.dmv.ca.gov/olinq2/welcome.do for locations. If you would like to attend online, you may search the DMV's official look-up system at www.dmv.ca.gov/olinq2/welcome.do to find a DMV licensed Internet or Home Study course.
* * *  Remember * * *
You must provide your traffic school 'certificate of completion' to our office
within 90 days from the due date of your fine amount.

 

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.

If your citation is for a misdemeanor violation and/or indicates a mandatory appearance you must appear in Department 2 of the Superior Court by 1:00 pm on your appearance date shown on the bottom of your traffic ticket.

Traffic Department

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)

(530) 251-8205

PAYMENTS ONLINE

www.officialpayments.com

  1. SELECT THE OPTION ‘LOCAL PAYMENTS’
  2. WHEN PROMPTED YOU NEED TO ENTER THE FOLLOWING:
  • STATE:  CA
  • PAYMENT ENTITY:  LASSEN COUNTY
  • PAYMENT TYPE:  COURT PAYMENTS
  • JURISDICTION CODE:  1506
        3.  THEN ENTER:
  • CREDIT CARD INFORMATION
  • DOCKET/CASE NUMBER
  • 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

  1. Call OFFICIAL PAYMENTS AT 1-800-272-9829
  2. SELECT OPTION #3 -  "property tax AND ALL OTHER PAYMENTS"
  3. When it ASKs FOR A JURISDICTION CODE – ENTER 1506
  4. The attendant will ASK IF YOU WANT LASSEN COUNTY – ENTER '1' FOR YES
  5. A list of options will be given to you – SELECT OPTION '6' - COURT PAYMENTS
  6. you will be asked for the DEFENDANT'S CASE NUMBER/DOCKET NUMBER
  7. Enter the amount you want to pay
  8. you will BE GIVEN A CONFIRMATION NUMBER - please write it down and keep it for your records.