Frequently Asked Questions About TicketHitMan.com, Traffic Tickets and Trial By Written Declaration
Who qualifies for a process like TicketHitMan.com’s?
The process we use includes the preparation of a Trial by Written Declaration which is a way to contest a Traffic Ticket without going to court in California. Most traffic violations qualify for our service here is some information about qualifying.
- To be eligible to file a Trial by Written Declaration, you need to be over the age of 18 (or if under 18 have your parent contact the court and ask the court to allow you to use a Trial By Declaration to contest your ticket) and you must have had a valid driver’s license at the time you received the ticket.
- To qualify for our service, you must have a traffic ticket that includes only a traffic infraction, not a misdemeanor. Speeding tickets, red light camera tickets, lane violation tickets, stop sign tickets and other traffic infractions all will qualify. However, Drunk Driving, Driving without a valid or on a suspended driver’s license, tickets involving accidents and other misdemeanors do not qualify.
- Your traffic violation must NOT require a mandatory court appearance. If your traffic violation requires a mandatory court appearance, you will need to appear in court on or before the specified date indicated on the ticket and request the judge to set bail and allow you to file a Trial by Written Declaration. If the judge allows this, great then you’re good to go and can proceed with a Trial by Written Declaration as normal. In many cases courts can grant a written request to waive a mandatory appearance and to set bail to allow for a Trial by Written Declaration to be filed, and TicketHitMan.com can assist with this process. If you are still required to appear in court TicketHitMan.com can prepare you for your appearance using the Trial by Declaration.
- Other tickets that are not eligible for a Trial by Written Declaration include, parking tickets, administrative tickets, and other tickets that are not on file with the California Superior Court, like tickets issued by park rangers and U.S. District Courts.
How do I begin the process of signing up?
Simply proceed to the Big Blue Start Now button at the top right hand side from any page. We will ask for information about yourself and your ticket and walk you through each of the steps to follow to help you get your ticket dismissed.
What is required of me after submitting my citation information online?
After submitting your information under the Start Now link, you will then print out the TR-205 ( Trial by Written Declaration), and Service Contract. Read them over, understand what is required of you and then sign the blank documents and mail them to our office with a copy of your ticket and check for bail. So that we receive within 14 days prior to the date your bail must be posted with the court.
What is a Trial by Written Declaration (TR-205)?
Vehicle Code Section 40902 allows the defendant (you the cited driver) to contest citations in writing, without having to make a personal appearance in court. A Trial by Written Declaration is available in cases involving infractions of the Vehicle Code. Violations eligible for a Trial by Written Declaration must be infractions only. Misdemeanors and cases involving accidents are ineligible for a Trial by Written Declaration.
How long does it take to get results from the court?
After submitting your completed Trial by Written Declaration to the court on your behalf, you will be notified by the court (not TicketHitMan.com) at your preferred address within 60-90 days after we submit your documents to the court.
What if my ticket is dismissed?
The court will dismiss the ticket and then issue you a full refund of your bail amount. The demerit point(s) associated with the violation will not go on your driving record.
What if I’m found guilty or unsatisfied with the court’s decision?
The court will allow you to have a new trial also known as a Trial De Novo. As required by the court, you must submit a written request for a new Trial (form TR-220) within 20 calendar days of the court’s decision. As soon as you get your results from the court regarding your Trial by Written Declaration, you should contact TicketHitMan.com so we can process the TR-220 on your behalf.
If I’m found guilty in court will I still qualify for traffic school?
As long as you have not been to traffic school in the last 18 months and the court honors traffic school for the type of violation you committed, you will get traffic school upon requesting it from the judge. According to Vehicle Code section 42005 and pertaining to People vs. Wozniak, you can still have the option to attend traffic school even after you have been found guilty of the alleged violation.
What is a Trial De Novo (TR-220)?
Trial De Novo means “all things are new” (Judge, Venue and Evidence) and is in court, in person.
If the court accepts my request for a new trial, will I have to go to court in person?
Yes, a Trial De Novo is always in person, in court. (If indeed you have a new trial, contact TicketHitMan.com for more information before going to court).
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