GC Services - we believe it is better to fight your charges & fines
Did you get a collection letter? One from GC Services demanding payment of a huge fine for traffic tickets?
Do you need your license back? We specialize in helping people get their suspended license back without having to pay GC Services any money! (As long as you have never seen the Judge in Court about your ticket.)
Would you prefer not to pay? We offer an alternative to paying GC Services that big fine if your ticket was in Los Angeles County. We have helped a lot of people get their license back without having to pay GC Services the money they demand.
What is GC Services?
GC Services is used by the Los Angeles County Superior Court to try to collect money from delinquent (unpaid) traffic tickets. GC Services receives cases when:-
- The traffic ticket has not been paid by the due date on the ticket
- A court appearance date was missed
- After an appearance in front of a judge in court, a fine was not paid or community service was not done by the due date.
How to handle a demand letter from GC SERVICES
As long as you have not already been in front of a Judge, it is sometimes better that you DO NOT PAY the amount GC Services is seeking from you and instead get a court date in front of a judge and try to correct and/or fight the violations & lower the fine. We can attend court on your behalf, should you not wish to attend so that you do not have to miss work.
In many cases, this is your best option. However keep in mind, since the Los Angeles County Superior Court has stopped selling DMV Abstracts (as of April 6, 2015), this sometimes makes it harder for some people to clear up their license quickly. It can put people in a difficult position – either you pay GC Services the big fine amount to clear up the hold on your license, or you schedule a new court date which can be a couple of months away to see the Judge in order to try and fight your charges, get the fine lowered and your license hold cleared. See: Hold on Your License
If your ticket is in Los Angeles County, and you have never been in front of a judge about your ticket, then call us. We will discuss what your best options are.
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- To pay GC Services in person, see GC Services Court Window below
- To pay GC Services online, follow this link www.courtpay.gcserv.com
- To pay by phone, call one of their call-center numbers gcserv.com
If you are going to pay GC Services, we recommend that you pay them in person at the GC Services court window rather than over the phone. This may optimize your chances of clearing up your license faster.
There is a GC Services window at every Los Angeles Traffic Court. Do not wait in the traffic ticket clerk line, because they will not help you if your ticket is in collections with GC Services. You must wait in line at the GC Services window.
Failure To Appear: At the GC Services window, if you have a Failure To Appear (FTA), you can request a court date to see a judge, unless you have already appeared before a judge.
Failure To Pay: If you have a Failure To Pay (FTP), since you have already appeared in front of a Judge, the court will not allow you to get another court date to see a judge; if your license is suspended because of this ticket, in our opinion your only option is to pay the fine to get your license back.
A lot of people call up GC Services to pay off their traffic ticket fine just to get it over with. We believe the better approach may be to try to get a court date to fight the charges and fines and try to keep the violations and DMV points off your DMV driver record.
We offer an alternative to paying that big fine to GC Services if your ticket was in Los Angeles County. If you have not seen a Judge regarding your ticket:-
- We can remove your traffic ticket from the control of GC Services so you do not have to pay GC Services anything.
- We can oftentimes clear up your license so you can drive again with a valid driver's license.
- We can appear in court in your place to fight all the fines, charges, and any DMV points you are facing from your ticket.
Note: We cannot help you if you have already seen a judge in court. See below.
If you fail to pay your traffic ticket on time or do not appear in court, the Court usually will get the DMV to suspend your license and charge you a huge amount of money and then refer your case to GC Services collection agency. Your best option may be to not pay the big fine that GC Services are seeking in the letter they sent to you.
Learn why driving on a suspended license is dangerous.
RECOMMENDATION: If you are paying GC Services to clear up your license hold, be aware that it may take some time for them to clear up your driver’s license. If you pay GC Services, make sure you get a guarantee that they will clear the DMV Hold on your license, because you don’t want to make a payment to GC Services and then find out that your license hold has not been cleared up.
- You have essentially plead guilty to your ticket
- You have probably spent a lot of money
- You have also put the violations from your ticket on your DMV driver record which can possibly result in a point on your license and an increase in your insurance if your traffic ticket involves a moving violation.
- Get a court date through GC Services to see a judge in court so you can fight the charges and reduce the fines
- Try to keep the violations including any moving violations off your DMV driver record.
Getting your license back
You used to be able to buy a DMV abstract to clear up your license quickly (as long as you had not Failed To Appear in court twice). However keep in mind, since the Los Angeles County Superior Court has stopped selling DMV Abstracts (as of April 6, 2015), this can sometimes make it harder and more difficult for some people to clear up their license quickly. It can put people in a difficult position - pay GC Services the big fine amount to clear up the license hold or schedule a new court date which can be a couple of months away to see the Judge in order to try and fight the charges, get the fine lowered and the license hold cleared.
If a traffic ticket has not been resolved in a timely manner, the Court refers the ticket to GC Services for all further action. When this happens, the Court will not schedule any court appearances, accept payments or process any correspondence related to the ticket.
If you received a notice from GC Services, and you want to schedule a court date, the court appearance date must be scheduled with GC Services, not the Traffic Clerk's Office at the courthouse. You will have to deal directly with GC Services or alternatively, contact us and we can help if you have not already appeared in front of a judge.
Once the case is referred to GC Services Limited Partnership for collection, additional costs will be added to what you face. When you are charged with a Failure to Appear (FTA), the government is trying to make a lot of money off you and it may be best to go to court to try to minimize fines and the charges instead of just paying it off.
A lot of times people receive a traffic ticket for something correctable like no proof of insurance (California VC 16028) when they did have insurance, no front plates (VC 5200) or license plates, expired registration (VC 4000), or tinted windows (California VC 26708, VC 26708.5) and it has turned into a Failure To Appear in court (FTA). A $25 court cost fee would have fixed this ticket but now GC Services sends you a letter asking for a lot of money.
If you are being charged over a $1,000 by GC Services and one of the charges was for no proof of insurance (California VC 16028) and you did have valid insurance but you did not have the proof of insurance in your car, call us so we can help you fight the fines and charges that you are facing from GC Services.
The problem is when you did not deal with your traffic ticket in a timely matter you were charged with a new offense, Failure to Appear (FTA) California Vehicle Code Section 40508 which is a misdemeanor charge and allows the government to charge you a lot of money for not taking care of this traffic ticket in a timely manner. It is better to go to court and try to do something about lowering this huge fine than to just pay it off.
Many times people fail to appear in court because they were expecting a courtesy notice or reminder of their court date. Unfortunately, courts do not usually send courtesy letters. When the police officer gets you to sign your traffic ticket, you may not realize that you are promising to appear in court by the due date on your traffic ticket. When you do not appear in court by that date, the court will charge you with a Failure to Appear (VC 40508, VC 40509.5) and the DMV will most likely suspend your license and GC Services will now control your ticket, charging you a lot of money.
Go to the Los Angeles Superior Court website:-
Select the option to Search by Drivers License - and enter your driver's license and date of birth. The court website will pull up the status of all of your traffic tickets in Los Angeles County.
What your traffic ticket status means
VC 40509.5 Holds or Bench Warrant or Arrest Warrant
We can help you. We can fight the traffic ticket and the big fines GC Services is trying to charge you and we can sometimes clear up your license suspension quickly so you can have a valid license again without you ever having to go to court and without you needing to pay the big fine to GC Services. We can also help you if there is an arrest warrant or bench warrant out for you.
Failure to Pay
The only way out of a Failure to Pay that we know of is to go to court and pay your fine that GC Services is charging you. You cannot see a Judge again if your ticket status says Failure to Pay (previously called "Matter Set For Compliance"). Paying the GC Services fine is the only way to get your license back because a Failure to Pay means you have already seen a Judge about your ticket and you did not pay the fine or do the community service by the due date and now you face a very high fine for your failure to pay or do the community service by the due date. Failure to Pay is a terrible situation to be in because the only thing we can advise you to do is to pay the heavy fine to GC Services in order to get your license back.
Make sure you get a guarantee from GC Services (see below) that they will clear the DMV Hold on your license.
We can handle this in Los Angeles County for you, so you do not have to deal with GC Services or go to court at all.
If you live out-of-town or out of state, we can take care of this for you so you do not have to come back to Los Angeles and we will clear up any license problems for you and fight the fines.
We help with GC Services problems
We can help fight the fine and clear up your licenseIs GC Services charging you a lot of money for your traffic ticket and you are getting nowhere with frustrating attempts to talk with GC Services on the phone?:-
- Call us so we can help make this GC Services headache go away for you.
- We can help you fight the fines that GC Services is charging you and can sometimes help clear up your license so long as you have not been to court and already seen a Judge.
- We will go to court for you without you having to miss work and wait in long lines for hours.
- We will fight the traffic ticket for you to try to keep the violations and DMV points off your DMV driver record.
Call us immediately for help with your GC Services problem
Los Angeles Traffic Ticket Attorney
We can fight the charges and the fines for you. Call us at (310) 285-1516 for a Free Legal Consultation about your traffic ticket and GC Services.
See also :
- GC Services FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
- Fight your traffic ticket
- Failure to Appear (FTA)
- Failure to Pay (FTP)
- Points on your license - California DMV Point System
- Free Legal Consultation