Many of our clients have their tickets dismissed or reduced after using our service, but not every ticket is dismissed, so we offer options for those that are not. If you have been found guilty on your recent traffic ticket, you still have some options to try and WIN your case.
The New Trial (Trial De Novo) is your second chance to try and your ticket dismissed:
Just send TicketBust a copy of your court decision notice within 10 days of the date you were found guilty on your Trial by Written Declaration or the postmarked date on the court decision notice (whichever is later). Once processed, you will log into your TicketBust.com account to securely access your Request for New Trial Package – this has everything you need to file your request for new trial with the court. You must file your new trial request (form TR-220) with the court within 20 days of the postmarked date on the court decision notice finding you guilty on your Trial by Written Declaration. Once the court has processed your Trial De Novo request, you will receive a notice from the court in the mail in approximately 30-45 days notifying you of the date, time, and location you will need to appear for the New Trial.
Based on feedback from our clients, the chances of the ticket being dismissed due to the officer not appearing in court are increased when the court date is pushed back at least 3 months!
Contact us if you’d like to request the court to grant you a 3 month extension on the court date. We will provide you a letter template to do this. You should mail this letter requesting the extension via certified mail to ensure the court receives it.
Remember your appearance is required for the New Trial, so you must comply with the deadlines given to you by the court.
We recommend you prepare yourself for court so you know what to expect. In order to help you prepare yourself for court, we provide you helpful resources (court information material and a copy of your Trial by Written Declaration) about going to court, what to expect, and tips to help you win.
You will need to be in court on your court date to present your case to the court in your own words. You will need to formulate your own presentation for your court appearance. We are not a law firm and do not provide any legal advice so we cannot tell you what to say in court.
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.
Where do I obtain a TR-220 form?
A Trial De Novo (TR-220) fill-able PDF form can be accessed at http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/forms/fillable/tr220.pdf. Ticketbust.com can also provide you with the Request for New Trial form at no additional cost to you.
If the court accepts my TR-220, will I have to go to court?
Yes, a Trial De Novo is always in person, in court.
Do I need legal representation in court for a TR-220?
Once you process the request with the court for a new trial, you will have to make the personal appearance in court yourself. Law firms are available for legal representation in court, but are not mandatory. We are not a law firm, so we do not offer representation for you in court.
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 generally get traffic school upon requesting it from the judge. See CVC section 4200, People vs. Wozniak.
If you live too far from the court or can't take off work to appear in court for a New Trial you might consider Traffic School as an option.
If you are eligible for Traffic School you can request the court to allow you to take traffic school to keep the point from tarnishing your driving record and increasing your auto insurance rates. If you choose to request traffic school, you must pay your court's traffic school fee and then complete a court approved traffic school by the deadline the court gives you.
TicketBust.com can provide you with a Traffic School request letter to mail to the court at no additional cost to you.
If you wish to stop here and not pursue a New Trial or take Traffic School, don't be too hard on yourself, with the help of our services, you gave it a valiant attempt.
If you would like to have your case reviewed to see if you qualify for a refund of the Service Fee you paid please follow the steps below:
Step 1: Fill out and sign form RR-1 (Print form RR-1) and follow instructions on this form.
Step 2: Mail form RR-1 and a copy of the court decision notice to:
5716 Corsa Avenue, Suite 104
Westlake Village, CA 91362
Please remember that in order to be considered for a refund, TicketBust.com must receive your Refund Request along with a copy of the court decision notice within 60 days of the court finding you guilty on your Trial by Written Declaration or the post marked date on the court decision notice (whichever is later). Please note that refund eligibility is subject to the TicketBust.com Terms and Conditions so customer must not be in violation of any of the terms and conditions to be eligible for a refund.
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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.