FAQ and Definitions
Who is ticketbust.com? We are a professional, legal document filing agency focusing exclusively on assisting drivers in processing Trial by Written Declarations to contest traffic tickets issued in the state of California.
Do I have to personally go to the office of ticketbust.com to engage in the services? Ticketbust.com staff strives to make it as easy and hassle free as possible for you to securely create an account and get the process started just by selecting Beat Traffic Tickets . There is no need to actually come to our office to use our service.
How do I begin the process of signing up with ticketbust.com? Simply proceed to the bust my ticket now link, Beat Traffic Tickets, to submit your information about your citation. After submitting your citation information, you will then print, sign, and send the ticketbust.com engagement letter and Trial by Written Declaration forms to our office to begin the process of contesting your traffic ticket.
What is required of me after submitting my citation information online? After submitting your information under the bust my ticket now link, Beat Traffic Tickets, you will then print out the TR-205, Trial by Written Declaration, and Engagement letter. Read them over, understand what is required of you as a client of ticketbust.com and then sign the documents only and mail them to our office with a copy of your ticket.
How does ticketbust.com assist me in fighting my traffic ticket? Upon receiving your documents, a ticket buster representative will call you to take your statement and facts about your citation. After completing your over-the-phone consultation with one of our representatives, we will then professionally document your statement of facts, process and file your completed Trial by Written Declaration with the court for consideration and dismissal of your traffic citation.
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 or of local ordinances 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.
- You were 18 or older when you were ticketed
- You had a valid driver's license when you were ticketed
- You were ticketed in California for a Vehicle Code (VC or CVC) infraction
- Misdemeanors or drug and alcohol related offenses
- Parking Tickets
- Out of State tickets (issued outside state of California)
- Past due tickets or tickets that have been sent to collections
- US District Court tickets
- Administrative Tickets (such as a ticket that requires you to respond to an entity other than the California Superior Court)
What does the court require of me to process a Trial by written Declaration? You will have to plead not guilty, requesting the Trial by Written Declaration and pay the bail amount for your citation.
What is the Bail amount? As required by the court when using a Trial by Written Declaration, you must pay your bail (the fine of your ticket) up-front when we process your paperwork. When you mail your documents to ticketbust.com, include a check payable to Superior Court for your bail amount. If you do not know the bail amount or if you have not received your courtesy notice from the court, call the court to get the bail amount for your citation. You can still send all your documents to ticketbust.com to begin the process even if you do not know your bail.
Who do I make the bail check payable to? Make your bail check payable to Superior Court and mail it to ticketbust.com with your signed engagement letter and 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 ticketbust.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 violation so the point (s) associated with the violation will not show up on your driving record and the court issues you a full refund of your bail amount.
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 must contact ticketbust.com so we can process the TR-220 on your behalf.
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 ticketbust.com for more information before going to court).
Does ticketbust.com represent me in court for a Trial De Novo? We are strictly a professional filing agency, not a law firm so we do not offer representation for you in court. Instead, we will process the request with the court for a new trial on your behalf and you will have to make the personal appearance in court yourself.
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.
Although the majority of our customers have their ticket dismissed or reduced using our service, some do not. In those cases we offer a refund of our Service Fee if you traffic ticket doesn't get dismissed. Please make sure and read out terms and conditions regarding our Service Fee Refund.
ABC News Channel 7 Feature Ticketbust.com
Interviewed by Ric Romero, CA
Ric Romero, consumer specialist for Channel 7 ABC News, features TicketBust.com. Mr. Romero states "TicketBust.com says it's helping California traffic violators beat tickets without them ever having to show up in court." TicketBust fights tickets by helping drivers file what's known as a Trial by Written Declaration, which allows drivers to contest the ticket in writing.
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