Traffic Court Plead Not Guilty Court Trial
Phone: (415) 444-7180
Location: Civic Center, Hall of Justice, Room C-10
Office Hours: 8:00am - 4:00pm

Individuals who wish to plead 'not guilty' on a citation may schedule a court trial date by appearing in the Traffic Clerk's Office on or before the due date on the citation. Pursuant to Vehicle Code section 40519 (a) and (b), they must post the full bail before a trial date will be set. The Court places the bail in a trust account until after the court trial has been conducted and the judicial officer has made a ruling.

If the Court finds the individual not guilty or if the case is dismissed for any reason, the bail is refunded within a few days after the trial. If the Court finds the individual guilty, the bail held in trust is applied to the fines and fees ordered by the judicial officer.

Court trials are scheduled throughout the week at various times. The Traffic Court clerk will schedule court trials. When requesting a court trial, an individual is assigned a trial date and the officer who issued the citation will be subpoenaed to appear at the trial.

Court trials cannot be rescheduled for any reason when a request to reset the trial date is received by the Court within ten (10) calendar days of the trial date. The reason this cannot be done is because the Court will have insufficient time to call off the testifying officer.

The Court authorizes a trial date to be reset one time only. Requests for second and subsequent resets of the trial date will not be granted.

Pursuant to Penal Code section 17(d), certain charges may be filed in the Court as misdemeanors or infractions. These charges are Business and Professions Code section 25662; Penal Code section 555; and Vehicle Code sections 12500(a), 23109(b) and (c), and 14601.1(a). Defendants have the right to request that these charges be elevated to misdemeanor charges. If defendants request elevation of these charges, their cases will be transferred to a criminal arraignment department.

If a defendant fails to appear for a court trial and is sentenced at this trial in absentia, the Court will not grant later requests for community service work or traffic violator school.