Los Angeles traffic ticket search
Check traffic tickets online(1)
Do you have a traffic ticket problem in Los Angeles? The first thing you should do is check the status of your traffic ticket. You can do this online at the Los Angeles Superior Court website:-
Show ALL your traffic tickets
On that courts page:
- Click to Search by Drivers License.
- Then enter your California drivers license number and your date of birth.
The court website will pull up all your traffic ticket information for your tickets out of Los Angeles County. It will tell you:-
- What court your traffic ticket is out of
- And the status of your ticket.
What your ticket status means
See below for details for:-
- VC 40509.5
- Arrest Warrant or Bench Warrant
- Matter Set for Compliance
Warrant or 40509.5 Holds
If your traffic ticket status says warrant, bench warrant, arrest warrant or 40509.5 holds, then call us for a free legal consultation at 310-285-1516. We can advise you how to clear these matters up and fight the fines and charges you are facing.
If the status of your ticket is VC 40509.5 this means the court has charged you with a failure to appear in court. This means you failed to take care of your ticket by the due date. As a result of your failure to appear in court (VC 40509.5), the court system will now try to do three unpleasant things to you:-
- The Court will increase the fine you are facing. The fine you are potentially facing for your failure to appear in court (VC 40509.5) can now possibly be close to, or over $1,000.
- The Court will contact the DMV and get the DMV to place a hold on your license which will most likely result in your license being suspended.If you do not have a California license but have a license from another state, and you failed to appear on a ticket in Los Angeles County, the Court will most likely contact the DMV of your state and place a hold on your license and prevent you from renewing your license.If you move out of state and try and apply for a license in a different state, you will most likely not be able to get a license until you clear up any failure to appear, VC 40509.5 holds, which you still have in California.
- The Court will transfer control of your ticket to GC Services a collection agency. GC services will now have control of your ticket and will normally require you to agree to pay the full fine amount in order for you to get your license back.
Paying GC Services
Keep in mind, if you have not seen a Judge regarding your ticket and you pay GC Services the fine amount:-
- You are essentially pleading guilty to your ticket
- If the ticket was for a moving violation, such as a stop sign or speeding ticket, you are putting a DMV point on your record. A DMV point can result in your insurance rates going up. A DMV point can also possibly hurt you if you apply for a job that requires driving. Four DMV points in a one year period will result in the DMV trying to suspend your license for one year.
Big fine, license suspended, ticket with GC Services
If you find yourself in this situation where you have a VC 40509.5 hold and you are now facing a big fine and your license is suspended and your ticket has been assigned to GC Services, please call us because we can offer you another option besides paying GC Services. We like to help you clear up your license and fight the big fines and DMV point you might be facing.
Arrest Warrant or Bench Warrant
If the status of your ticket is arrest warrant or bench warrant, this usually means you were charged with a misdemeanor such as driving on a suspended license and you failed to appear in court or missed a court date. Many times people are given a ticket for a misdemeanor violation such as driving on a suspended license (VC 14601.1) or a ticket for driving without a license, driving on an out of state license or driving on an expired license (VC 12500) and they do not appear in court for these types of tickets. When you fail to appear in court for a ticket with a misdemeanor charge, the Court usually issues a warrant for your arrest or bench warrant. Please call us immediately so we can discuss how we can help clear up the warrant for your arrest or bench warrant.
Matter Set For Compliance
If your traffic ticket status says “matter set for compliance“, that means you failed to pay the original fine by the due date. Your only option now is to pay the heavy fine. We cannot help you in this situation. The only advice we can give you is to go to the court listed on your ticket in person and pay the fine completely to remove the hold on your license. You also might want to see if you qualify for traffic ticket amnesty https://amnesty.gcserv.com/Default.aspx However, this program ceases as at March 31st 2017.
It’s better to fight your ticket(2) Learn why it’s better to fight your traffic ticket rather than just pay the fine (unless you have a Matter Set for Compliance).
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