What happens when you wait years to pay a traffic ticket? 10 Answers as of April 12, 2011

What happens when you wait years to pay a traffic ticket in California and still have not paid it?

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Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider
Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider | Peter Goldscheider
In some jurisdictions a warrant will be issued for your arrest. In others a hold will be put on license when you try to renew. In others, both.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 4/12/2011
Law Office of Tracey S. Sang
Law Office of Tracey S. Sang | Tracey Sang
It goes to collections and the fees and interest compound. If you want to take care of it, you or an attorney needs to add it on calendar, speak to the judge, and throw yourself on the mercy of the court. The judge will probably give you a break depending on the reason for the delay and/or how much you could pay that day.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 11/19/2010
Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg
Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg | Eric Sterkenburg
A ticket is a infraction. By not showing up you now have a failure to appear. A warrant for your arrest.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 11/17/2010
Law Office of Thomas F. Mueller
Law Office of Thomas F. Mueller | Thomas Mueller
They suspend your driving privilege. You need to put the case back on calendar and settle it. If you want to retain us call
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 11/17/2010
Nelson & Lawless
Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
There is a warrant for your arrest upon failure to appear on the tickets date. You now must turn yourself into the court, seek withdrawal of the warrant, and deal with the ticket as you should have done originally. You can expect substantial fines for the warrant, in addition to whatever penalties the ticket carries. If the court is in SoCal, and you want to hire counsel to help you with this, to minimize the risk you will simply be arrested and booked when you appear in court, feel free to contact me.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 11/17/2010
    The Law Offices of Christopher J. McCann
    The Law Offices of Christopher J. McCann | Christopher J. McCann
    In California, if you skipped your court date, the case will get referred to "Collections" and DMV will be notified and put a hold on your license. Your license will then be suspended. The courts will also frequently add a "civil assessment" to the fine that can be several hundred dollars. You won't be able to go back and fight the case either.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 11/16/2010
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
    There will likely be a warrant out for your arrest, and the amount you owe has probably multiplied.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 11/16/2010
    Law Offices of Phil Hache
    Law Offices of Phil Hache | Phil Hache
    Well, there are several things that can happen depending on the circumstances, and depending on the type of traffic ticket. One thing that can happen is that they send it to Collections and tack on a big late fee. Also, it is possible that the DMV may at some point (if they have not already) suspend your license. You may want to consider hiring an attorney to try to recall the matter and get it out of collections and back into the Court.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 11/16/2010
    The Law Offices of Robert L. Driessen
    The Law Offices of Robert L. Driessen | Robert L. Driessen
    It can lead to the DMV suspending your license and the fees have grown exponentially.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 11/16/2010
    Dennis Roberts, a P.C.
    Dennis Roberts, a P.C. | Dennis Roberts
    The fine will be a lot larger and you could be held in contempt. Call the clerk with the citation number, ask what the fine is and pay the thing so one day the cops will not come knocking at your door.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 11/16/2010
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