West Covina, CA asked in Traffic Tickets for California

Q: Do I still have to pay a ticket if I can't find it online?

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Kenneth Hallum
Kenneth Hallum
  • Traffic Tickets Lawyer
  • Santa Barbara, CA

A: It is not uncommon for courts to be back logged on inputting citations in to their respective systems. Ultimately they (the court) have one year to address/file your citation. Most likely when you received the citation you signed a "a promise to appear on or before," a specified date. It would be in your best interest to continue to follow up with the court, the alternative is the citation gets filed unbeknownst to you, a failure to appear occurs and a Pandora's box of issues arises.Just because you cannot find it online does not mean it doesn't exist. Be prudent and diligent and do not let the citation grow out of control, follow up with the court.

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