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Traffic - Going to Trial

Court Trial

If you intend to plead not guilty on a citation and wish to avoid multiple court appearances, you may request a court trial through the mail or in person. Staff at the counter may be able to set a trial date without a court appearance at any time during normal business hours. Your request must be received prior to the appearance date indicated on the citation.

All witnesses and documentation to support your case must be available on the day of trial. The officer who cited you will be notified by the Court to be present on the trial date.

Trial by Declaration

You may request a trial by written declaration. This option applies ONLY to vehicle code violations and is not offered in cases with a mandatory court appearance. Your request for a Trial by Declaration must be received prior to the appearance date indicated on the citation. The declaration forms and instructions will be mailed to you. Trial by Written Declaration forms can also be found on the California State Judicial Council website .

You will be required to post the full bail amount along with your Declaration pursuant to Section 40902 of the California Vehicle Code. In the event you are found not guilty, the bail amount will be returned to you.

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