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Defend your Traffic Infraction in Court

Self Help
Legal Encyclopedias & Law Summaries
Practice Guides
Forms
Statutes & Court Rules
Web Sites
Community Resources
Traffic School


SELF HELP

Beat Your Ticket: Go to Court and Win KF 2231 .B76 (Self Help)
Beat Your Ticket lays out the best strategies for beating tickets in court. The book explains in plain English how to use the law to fight an unwarranted ticket, find out what the police officer plans to say at your trial, and attack radar and other detection methods.
Electronic Access: From any computer (library or home) via the Legal Information Reference Center. Instructions are available on our website at www.saclaw.org/pages/nolo-ebooks.aspx

Fight Your Ticket & Win in California KFC 447 .Z9 B76 (Self Help)
Fight Your Ticket & Win in California shows you how to handle your case in a California traffic court, get the right kind of hearing and win. This title discusses how to prepare and present your evidence, argue before a judge, cross-examine a police officer's testimony, get your case dismissed, appeal a decision, and determine the consequences of your violation.
Electronic Access: From any computer (library or home) via the Legal Information Reference Center. Instructions are available on our website at www.saclaw.org/pages/nolo-ebooks.aspx


LEGAL ENCYCLOPEDIAS and LAW SUMMARIES

California Jurisprudence (CalJur 3d)
KFC 80 .C35 (Ready Reference)
Vol. 8, Automobiles
Electronic Access:  On the Law Library computer's, using the WestlawNext 
PRACTICE GUIDES

California Forms of Pleading and PracticeKFC 1010 .A65 C3  (Ready Reference)
Vol. 8, Chapter 80 – Chapter 92, Automobiles
Look in the index using the term "traffic" or "traffic offenses" to find information on specific types of traffic law issues.
Electronic Access:  On the Law Library computer's, using the Matthew Bender CD.

Defense of Speeding, Reckless Driving & Vehicular Homicide Cases
KF 8925 .T7 D4
This titlediscusses the law, technical knowledge, and litigation techniques required to successfully defend a speeding, reckless driving, or vehicular homicide case.

Pattern Discovery, Motor VehiclesKF 8900 .A3 D317
This book contains interrogatories covering most motor vehicle liability situations; including motor vehicle accidents; motor vehicle products liability; personal injuries; and consequential damages. It also shows how to draft, serve, and craft responses to requests for production or admissions.

Traffic Court Proceedings: California Judges BenchguideKFC 477 .Z9 T73
This benchguide covers procedures for handling traffic court proceedings involving infractions and misdemeanors under the Vehicle Code. It may be used by traffic commissioners and by judges who are assigned to handle a traffic calendar.
Electronic Access:  Online at www2.courtinfo.ca.gov/protem/pubs/bg82.pdf  


FORMS

Incarcerated - § 41500 Ex-Parte Motion
Under Vehicle Code § 41500, incarcerated persons may file an ex-parte application to dismiss non-felony citations, warrants, and traffic fines. www.saclaw.org/Uploads/
files/forms/VC41500.doc


Judicial Council Forms
www.courts.ca.gov/forms.htm
Fillable Judicial Council Forms are available for free from the California Courts website. From the drop down menu, select "Traffic Infractions."


 STATUTES & COURT RULES

California Vehicle Code
KFC 30.5 .D4 V4
The Law Library keeps a one-volume desktop edition of the Vehicle Code and also collects both the West and Deering Annotated Codes.
Electronic Access:  The law itself, without annotations, is online at http://leginfo.
legislature.ca.gov/


Uniform Penalty and Bail Schedule – California Rules of Court, Rule 4.102
KFC 1195 .Z9 C34  (Reference)
Traffic fines consist of a base fine plus a penalty assessment and additional fees. Suggested base fines are listed in the Uniform Penalty and Bail Schedule.
Electronic Access:  www.courts.ca.gov/documents/2013-JC-BAIL.pdf 
 WEB SITES

California Courts – Self Help Center
www.courts.ca.gov/selfhelp-traffic.htm
This website from the Judicial Council of California provides general information about traffic-related issues, including payment of traffic fines and online forms.

California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
www.dmv.ca.gov
The official site of the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

Nolo Press Self–Help Law Center 
www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/traffic-tickets/
Provides information on how to fight a speeding ticket or other violation in traffic court, as well as information about fines, suspended driver licenses, and traffic school.

Sacramento Superior Court
www.saccourt.ca.gov/traffic/traffic.aspx
This website provides local traffic information for Sacramento County, including contesting a citation, preparing for court, paying fines, and red light camera citations.
 COMMUNITY RESOURCES

Carol Miller Justice Center – Sacramento Traffic Court
301 Bicentennial Circle (916) 875-7800 Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Carol Miller Justice Center houses the Traffic division of the Sacramento Superior Court. Users can file traffic documents, and pay fines and fees at this court.

Drivers' License Reinstatement Clinic (VLSP)
2411 Alhambra Blvd. Ste. 110 (916) 551-2155
http://www.vlsp.org/drivers.asp
Services Provided:  Assistance with reinstatement of their California driver's licenses. VLSP can advise a client as to how to resolve issues that led to the suspension of the client's driver's license, such as Failures to Pay or Appear. Appointments are made for the week on Monday mornings. The office open at 8am, and the line for appointments begins forming at 6am
TRAFFIC SCHOOL

California Traffic Safety Institute
www.ctsi-courtnetwork.org
If you do not request traffic school at the beginning of your case, you may lose the chance to go. Most courts will not allow you to fight the ticket and then, after losing, decide to go to traffic school. 

  12/11/2013 rmm

updated 12/11/2013rmm