Location

Hall of Justice
2610 Riverside Drive
Susanville, CA 96130

Hours

Monday - Friday
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Phone

(530) 251-8205

Traffic Department
Stop Sign

If you received a citation/ticket in Lassen County, you should receive a courtesy notice from the court in the mail approximately two weeks prior to your appearance date. This notice may be your first contact with the Traffic Court process. Most questions will be answered by the information provided on this notice and this page. Find out what to do if you have not received your courtesy notice.

If you wish to appear remotely for your traffic appearance, follow the procedure and complete the Traffic Add-On Request form located on the Traffic Add-On Request page under Online Services.

General Traffic Info Courtesy Notices Failure to Appear Paying Your Ticket
Proof of Correction Traffic Violator School Contesting A Citation Forms

GENERAL TRAFFIC DEPARTMENT INFORMATION

The Traffic Department processes adult and juvenile traffic and other minor offenses of state, county, and city ordinances. These violations are considered infractions and include, for example, speeding, cell phones, expired registrations, and dog licenses. Infractions are enforced by the issuance of citations ("tickets") by law enforcement. It is important to read the information on the front and back of the citation.

Information to note on the citation is the:

  • Citation number
  • Date and time of the citation
  • Violations for which you were cited
  • Place and time that you promised to appear

COURTESY NOTICES

  • If you received a citation/ticket for a traffic or other minor offense, a courtesy notice will be mailed to you at the address on the citation. The notice includes:
    • the bail amount for this citation,
    • the due date when payment must be made,
    • eligibility for Traffic Violator School (TVS),
    • information on clearing a "fix-it" ticket with proof of correction,
    • where and when to report if you would like to contest your citation, and
    • how to post bail and pay for your citation.
  • You should receive the courtesy notice about two weeks before your "promise to appear" date (appearance date), which is shown below your signature on the ticket.
  • Court employees cannot quote bail or provide information to you regarding your citation until the Court receives the citation from the citing agency which may take up to two or three weeks.
  • If you do not receive your courtesy notice at least two weeks before your appearance date (or "promise to appear date") and/or do not understand your options, you may:
  • If your appearance in court is required/mandatory, your courtesy notice will indicate such. If a mandatory appearance is required, you must appear at the Hall of Justice as indicated.
    • If you wish to appear remotely for your traffic appearance, follow the procedure and complete the Traffic Add-On Request form located on the Traffic Add-On Request page under Online Services.

FAILURE TO APPEAR

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

  1. Charge a misdemeanor failure to appear charge with $260.55 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 $100.00
  5. Refer your case to collections for further action

If you have a financial hardship, contact the court to see what options may be available to assist you in making payment.

PAYING YOUR TICKET

You may pay your citation using the following options:

  • By mail: You may send a check or money order in United States funds made payable to the Lassen Superior Court. To ensure proper credit, write the name of the person who received the citation (if different from the name imprinted on the check) and the case number or citation number on the front of the check. Please do not send cash. The mailing and street address for the Hall of Justice is 2610 Riverside Drive, Susanville, CA 96130.
  • Online: Credit card payments can be made for most traffic and minor offense violations through the web. The Court accepts Visa, Mastercard, and Discover through the online payment portal. To make a payment online, visit the Online Payment page.
  • In-person: The Court accepts the following methods of payment at the public windows inside the Hall of Justice: cash, personal check, cashier check, money order, and credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, and Discover as well as Debit Cards with PIN).
  • By telephone: You can make payment by telephone by calling the court at (530) 251-8205 and following the prompts to make a payment.

If you would like to establish a payment plan, request a reduction in your monthly payment amount, request an extension, or if you have a financial hardship, contact the court to see what options may be available to assist you in making payment.

PROOF OF CORRECTIONS
  Equipment, Registration, License, and/or Insurance Violations

Only offenses deemed correctable by an officer can be dismissed after proof of correction is shown to the court.

  • Equipment "fix-it" violations: After you have corrected the violation, proof of correction may be verified and signed off by a law enforcement officer on the back of your traffic citation. You may go to any authorized law enforcement agency and they will sign off on the back of your citation. Pursuant to Government Code §26746.1, a law enforcement agency may charge a fee to sign off a correctable violation.
  • Brake light, smog device, or muffler violations: These violations may be signed off by any station licensed to inspect and certify for the violation.
  • Registration and/or License violations: If the violation(s) corrected involve registration or driver's license violations, clerical staff from the court or the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) may verify and sign off the correction. Correction of these violations may require payment of fees to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

The original signed-off correction (a copy will not be accepted) must be submitted to the court by mail or in person by the appearance date along with a transaction fee of $25 for EACH corrected violation.

If your ticket is written for both an equipment and moving violation, and you attend traffic school, you must submit your proof of correction with your traffic school certificate and a check or money order to cover both the transaction fee ($25 for EACH corrected violation) and the traffic school administrative fee.


Insurance Violations
  • Proof of insurance that was valid prior to the issuance of your citation: The proof of insurance must specify the vehicle cited in addition to the effective dates (which the date of violation must be within). When this proof is shown to the court clerk the violation may be dismissed. You must still pay the appropriate court fees and resolve by the due date.
  • Proof of insurance that was obtained after the issuance of your citation: The proof of insurance must specify the vehicle cited in addition to the effective dates. When this proof is shown to the court clerk your bail/fee may be reduced. You must also pay the appropriate court fees by the due date. The Court is required to assess a minimum fine pursuant to Vehicle Code §16029.
  • Second/subsequent violations and/or an accident occurs and you are driving without insurance: Pursuant to Vehicle Code §16028(c), this may result in a mandatory court appearance requiring your appearance in court. If you show proof of valid insurance and pay the appropriate court fees prior to your court appearance date, the case may be taken off calendar. The proof of insurance must specify the vehicle cited in addition to the effective dates.

If you no longer own the vehicle or cannot show proof of correction or proof of insurance, it is still your responsibility to clear the citation by either paying the bail or appearing in Court.

TRAFFIC VIOLATOR SCHOOL (TVS)

NOTE: If you are eligible and decide not to attend traffic school, your automobile insurance may be adversely affected.

To be eligible for TVS, you must meet the following requirements:

  1. Your license is currently valid;
  2. You have not attended TVS in the last 18 months;
  3. for a speeding violation, your speed cannot be over 100 mph or 25 mph over the posted speed;
  4. and if you hold a commercial license, the violation did not occur in a commercial vehicle.

You are not eligible for a misdemeanor, a serious vehicle code violation, or if the violation requires a mandatory appearance.

To attend TVS, pay the amount due, plus the TVS fee of $52, prior to the Appearance Date. Your TVS Certificate of Completion is due within 90 days of the Appearance Date shown on the front of your courtesy notice. An additional fee will be charged by the traffic school that you attend. Upon completion of TVS and receipt of the Certificate of Completion, the case will be closed and reported to the Department of Motor Vehicles as a confidential conviction. A list of approved courses can be found on the California DMV website - HERE.

You must pay the bail amount of your citation plus the $52 TVS fee before your 'certificate of completion' will be accepted by the court. Traffic school must be completed and your 'certificate of completion' must be provided to the court within 90 days.

Contesting a Citation
  How do I plead Not Guilty?

There are two ways to contest a citation:

  • Trial by Written Declaration
  • Court Trial

Trial By Written Declaration

Vehicle Code §40902 allows a defendant to contest citations in writing by mail, without having to make a personal court appearance. This procedure is called a "trial by declaration." Trials by written declaration are available in cases involving infraction violations of the Vehicle Code or local ordinances under the Vehicle Code.

The following steps must be met in order to qualify for a Trial by Written Declaration:

  • Full bail must be paid no less than five days prior to the appearance date;
  • Violation(s) must be vehicle code infractions only;
  • No accident involved; and
  • No failure to appear or failure to pay fine on the case.

See the Paying Your Ticket section above for citation payment options. When paying, select the appropriate option or checkbox for 'I choose to enter a plea of Not Guilty, waive time, and request a Trial by Declaration' or indicate to the clerk how you wish to plea if paying in person or via telephone.

You must review the Instructions to Defendant form TR-200 before submitting the Trial by Written Declaration form to the court clerk.

You must submit the Trial by Written Declaration - TR-205 form along with the full bail and any facts or evidence that you wish to have considered to the court clerk. The Court will then request a written statement from the citing agency. A judicial officer will review your case, and you will be notified by mail of the decision. If found not guilty, or if the case is otherwise dismissed, your bail will be refunded by mail.

If you wish to contest the result of the trial by declaration, you may file a Request for Trial De Novo (request for a new trial) within 20 calendar days after the date the court mails you the Decision and Notice of Decision. The clerk is required to set a trial date within 45 calendar days of the receipt of your request for a trial de novo. (Vehicle Code §40902(d))

If your request for trial de novo is not received timely, no trial de novo will be held and the case will be closed. (California Rules of Court 4.210(b)(7))


Trial by Court

Arraignment: An initial court proceeding at which time you may appear in person to plead not guilty, guilty with an explanation, no contest, or not guilty to the violation(s) on your citation.

Court Trial: A court proceeding in which you appear in person to testify about the facts of your case. The officer who issued the citation will be subpoenaed to appear. You have the right to subpoena witnesses and to have a lawyer present if you retain one. At the trial, you must also be prepared to produce evidence, documents, or witnesses to support your case.

  • Enter plea and request a court trial: You may plead Not Guilty and schedule a court date to contest your citation. When entering your plea and requesting a court trial by mail or via the Online Payment Portal, you must remit the amount of bail indicated on the front of your Courtesy Notice by the appearance date. When paying, select the appropriate option or checkbox for 'I chose to enter a plea of Not Guilty, waive time, and request a Trial by Court' or indicate to the clerk how you wish to plea if paying in person or via telephone. You will be notified of the hearing date, time, and location by mail. If found not guilty, or if the case is otherwise dismissed, your bail will be refunded by mail.
  • Appear on your appearance date: Alternatively, you may appear in court on the appearance date indicated on your citation or Courtesy Notice and request that the matter be set for court trial. At your appearance you will enter a plea. The arraigning judicial officer will schedule your trial date, and you will be required to return to court on that date. The officer who cited you will be notified to be present on your trial date. You do not need to post bail if you appear in court on your appearance date to request the trial.

The court is currently permitting remote appearances for traffic proceedings. Follow the procedure and complete the Traffic Add-On Request form located on the Traffic Add-On Request page under Online Services if you wish to appear remotely. This form is required to be submitted no later than the Friday before your appearance date.

Superior Court of California, County of Lassen