Alameda Traffic Ticket Payments Can Be Refunded
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Have you recently gotten a traffic ticket in Alameda, California? You may be feeling pretty bummed out at the thought of having to pay those hefty fines and fees and having points go on your license for three years.
But it doesn’t have to end up like this. There is a way to get your traffic ticket dismissed and even get a full refund for any traffic ticket payments you have made. The method is called Trial By Written Declaration. It is a fast and easy way to contest your Alameda, CA, traffic ticket and yet so many drivers have never heard of it.
In fact, if you have a paper copy of your traffic citation and you turn it over, you will see the Trial By Written Declaration process printed (in fine print) right on the back of the ticket! Even the courts want you to use this process because it saves everyone time and money.
Traffic ticket attorneys love to tell you that the only way to get a ticket dismissed is to hire a lawyer. But the truth is, there isn’t anything an attorney can do for you that you can’t do for yourself, and much more cheaply!
After all, all the attorney is going to do is go to court to talk to the judge on your behalf. If the ticketing police officer shows, it will be your attorney’s word versus the officer’s word (and guess who the judge is more likely to believe). If the officer doesn’t show, your ticket will be dismissed whether you have an attorney present or not.
So you really don’t need a traffic ticket attorney to contest your Alameda, CA, traffic citation. You just need Trial By Written Declaration and a little help from Get Dismissed.
The California courts system states that defendants are permitted to contest traffic citations in writing through the process of Trial By Written Declaration.
You do have to make your traffic ticket payments up front, but if your citation is dismissed, the court will then refund everything you have paid. The bail payment is considered a deposit in lieu of you showing up in person to contest the ticket.
To start the process of Trial By Written Declaration through GetDismissed, all you need to do is enter some basic contact information on this screen.
Next, you need to prepare all your court documents and mail them into the courthouse.
Here again, you will notice that you do need to make your traffic ticket payments (bail) along with signing your traffic citation and assembling any other required information.
Be very careful that the amount you are paying is your bail and NOT your fine! If you pay your fine by mistake, this will be taken as an admission of guilt and will close your case, complete with the responsibility to pay all fines and the points that go on your license.
Now it is time to visit your new Get Dismissed account and download, print out and sign your written defense, prepared for you by the Get Dismissed team. First, you will want to read through your written defense and verify that all the facts are correct. Then sign it and add it to your Trial By Written Declaration (TBD) package to mail.
When you go to the post office, be sure to mail your TBD package by Certified Mail. This will generate a tracking number you can use later to verify that your package arrived at the courthouse safely and by the required due date.
If you don’t want to use Certified Mail service, you have two other options: you can drop your documents off at the courthouse directly or you can use FedEx as another option to track the arrival of your package.
It may take anywhere from 30 to 90 days for the Alameda, California, courthouse to return a verdict. There is nothing else you need to do to follow up after you have mailed in your package, other than use the certified mail tracking number to verify that it arrived safely.
You can simply go back to your regularly scheduled life until your verdict arrives in the mail. The verdict will be called the Notice of Decision.
There are only two ways your Notice of Decision can read: guilty or not guilty. If you are found not guilty, all record of the citation will be erased from your driver record and no points will be added. You will receive a full refund of the bail amount you paid when you filed your Trial By Written Declaration.
If you are found guilty, you still have options. You can then file a Trial De Novo, which requires a written submission made within 20 days of the date your Notice of Decision arrives. A Trial De Novo will require you to appear in person in court to contest your citation.
Your other option is to apply to attend traffic school if you are eligible. In most cases, this will be permitted. You will then need to enroll and attend traffic school as another method of keeping the points from going on your license.
Does getting a full refund on your Alameda, California traffic ticket sound good to you? Would you like to avoid having to wait on hold on the phone, take time off work to go to the courthouse or face off with the traffic court judge?
These are all great reasons to use Get Dismissed to contest your traffic ticket. You can do everything online in just a few minutes and get back to your daily life. Best of all, you get the benefit of a proven system to fight traffic tickets that can generate full refunds. Check out getdismissed.com to contest your traffic ticket today.
GetDismissed produces results in fighting all kinds of tickets. Unfortunately, this list does not include exhibition of speed citations. Your best bet in fighting one of these infractions, is to contact an attorney. An attorney can negotiate on your behalf to try and reduce fines, or even to reduce the charges to a lesser infraction which could possibly qualify for traffic school.
We do however, contest infractions revolving around speeding, red lights, red light cameras, cell phones, signs (primarily stop signs), carpool violations, U-turns, out of lane violations, and commercial violations. If you receive a citation and have questions, contact us today.