I received a red light camera ticket from Inglewood Courthouse which is part of LA Superior Court. I've got mixed advice of how to deal with the ticket. Some say to hire an attorney to deal with the red light camera ticket. Other say that I can ignore the red light camera ticket and that nothing will happen to my record or driver's license. What's the best approach to dealing with the red light camera ticket from Inglewood Courthouse?
Definitely don't ignore it. That will have negative consequences including possible license suspension. Speak with an attorney. The good thing about these tickets is they are just fines and don't carry points.
If this happened to me, I would call Attorney Andrew Roberts who is active on this site and handles all manner of traffic matters throughout Los Angeles County. He's a pro and will steer you in the right direction.
San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney--20 years experience
LA County Courts will NOT issue a warrant, put a hold or your license or send a point to DMV. Some other CA counties do, but this just happens to be LA County's policy for the time being. You might get a few letters demanding payment, but these tickets are unenforceable in LA. Technically, there is no notice of the court date. When you get a ticket, the citing officer has you sign a promise to appear on the bottom. The camera that got you going through a red didn't do that. Because the government can't prove that you were served with a court date (like your signature on the ticket proves with "real" tickets), they can't hold you accountable for missing the court date and they can't find you guilty in default, at least not in LA County. Do not call or go online to set up a court date, however, as you would then be admitting service and can be held responsible for FTA.
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