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Del Norte County Courthouse
Monday - Friday - 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Courtesy Notices
After receiving a traffic citation, the court will mail a courtesy notice to the address on your citation. If you do not receive a courtesy notice, you must still appear at the courthouse or settle your case by mail. You must contact the court if your address is incorrect. The courtesy notice will supply the information about how to take care of your situation. If you do not understand your options, you may come in person to the clerk's office or correspond by mail prior to your appearance date. The courtesy notice will state whether your situation requires a mandatory appearance. Courtesy notices are not processed immediately after you receive the citation. It may take up to two (2) weeks prior to due date for processing.
- Correctable Violations
Either proof of correction and the $25 dismissal fee or proof of correction and bail is required on mechanical, registration and license violations. Proof of correction can be obtained by having an authorized representative of the issuing police agency complete the Certificate of Correction located on the reverse of the courtesy notice or citation. Registration and/or driver's license violations may be certified by a Department of Motor Vehicles clerk. Submit the proof of correction and any required fee to the court by the due date.
- MANDATORY APPEARANCE
Your courtesy notice will state if you are required to appear in court. You must do so on or before your due date. Make sure to call the Court to schedule an appearance date. Check in at the Traffic division clerk's office at least 30 minutes prior to the court session you are required to attend. Extensions are not allowed on citations that require a mandatory court appearance. If you fail to appear in court as you have promised you may be subject to an additional "Failure to Appear" charge. This is a misdemeanor and is punishable by a fine, or jail, or both. The Department of Motor Vehicles may withhold the issuance or renewal of your driver's license, and may revoke or suspend your driving privilege.
- Non-Correctable Violations
The courtesy notice mailed to your home will indicate the options for your situation. These options may include paying your traffic ticket, attending traffic school, walking in and appearing in court, mandatory appearance, requesting (by mail or in person) a court appearance, and/or requesting a court trial by declaration (written statement). The following sections will further explain these options, in the order given above.
- TRAFFIC SCHOOL
To be eligible for the Traffic School Dismissal Program, you must meet certain requirements. You may qualify if:
- The citation is for a moving violation. If the moving violation is speeding, then you must have been ticketed for less than or up to 25 miles per hour over the limit. If you were ticketed for more than 25 miles over the speed limit and you still want to attend traffic school, you must request this in writing to the judge;
- You have not attended traffic school in the last 18 months from your first violation date to the most recent violation date;
- You were not cited for a violation of Vehicle Code section 22406.5 (tank vehicles);
- You were not cited for a violation related to alcohol use or possession, or drug use or possession;
- You were not cited for a violation on which you failed to appear under Vehicle Code section 40508(a) unless the failure-to-appear charge has been adjudicated and any fine imposed has been paid;
- You were not cited for a violation on which you have failed to appear under Penal Code section 1214.1 unless the civil monetary assessment has been paid.
- You live in California.
- You did not commit a serious traffic violation in a commercial vehicle
To request traffic school, pay the non-refundable traffic school fee of $52 plus bail by the due date either in person or by mail to the Superior Court. Your case will be extended 60 days for the completion of school and the receipt of the certificate of completion.
It is your responsibility to make sure the Court receives the proof of completion.
- REQUESTING TRIALS FOR TRAFFIC TICKETS
If you wish to plead not guilty and contest the ticket, you must notify the clerk in person, by telephone or in writing no later than the appearance date and time on your ticket or courtesy notice.
You may choose which of three methods below to challenge the ticket. Call the court clerk’s office if you have any questions about whether an appearance is required or when and where to appear. The clerk may help you arrange a different date but you must request it before the time listed in your courtesy notice.
You may plead “not guilty” by appearing in court for arraignment and request a trial to be held at a later date when the officer will be present. Using this procedure requires no advance deposit. To appear in court for arraignment on your citation, you must do so on or before the appearance date indicated on your citation. Check your courtesy notice for day, time, and location of appearance.
- Requesting Arraignment and Trial on Same Date
Rather than appear on two separate court days, one for arraignment and another for trial, California Vehicle Code § 40519 provides that as a convenience, you may arrange to have your arraignment and trial on the same date if you plead not guilty in writing, or if you notify the clerk that you intend to plead not guilty, and make a deposit prior to the scheduled arraignment. The deposit is to ensure your appearance and will be in the amount of the scheduled bail and assessments. The deposit will be refunded if you are found not guilty. If you are found guilty, the deposit will be applied toward any fine and assessment. The deposit is not an entry of plea or court appearance. If you use this procedure you are deemed to have given your promise to appear at trial, and failure to appear may be deemed a misdemeanor. Use of the procedure in this paragraph, including payment of a deposit, is offered for your convenience and is not required to contest your ticket. If you have questions regarding the procedure, you may contact the court clerk.
- Request for a Trial by Declaration (Written Statement)
You may elect to have a trial by declaration of any charged infraction. You have the option to corresponded with the clerk and court by mail, but you must appear in court should the infraction require a mandatory appearance. The Trial by Declaration needs to be requested on or before the appearance date shown on your ticket or courtesy notice. Your case will be decided without requiring that you appear in court. You must post full bail prior to the trial date, and enter a plea of not guilty. The Judicial Council forms that are needed may be obtained in person at the clerk’s office or by mail if you request them by phone or mail. The forms may also be photocopied from the county Law Library or downloaded from the Judicial Council Website.
Not Guilty Plea Form - Obtain by contacting the court clerk
Testimony by Mail Form - Obtain by contacting the court clerk
450 H Street, Room 209
Crescent City, CA 95531
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