Superior Traffic Courts of Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and San Diego

September 29th, 2009

Los angeles Traffic court SuperiorTraffic courts are a specific court designated to the handling of traffic related citations Some of these citations may include routine traffic stops such as speeding tickets or more serious issues like Driving under the Influence. In most cases, a person can choose to pay the citation received from a law enforcement officer and be finished with the incident, or if the individual wishes to contest the charges, they are required to appear before the judge in the Traffic Court to dispute the citation. On more serious citation matters, such as Driving Under the Influence, individuals are required to appear before the judge in Traffic Court regardless of whether or not the individual plans to plea guilty or not.

In California, such as Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, or Orange County these traffic citations or incidents are held in front of the Superior Courts A superior court in common law systems usually refers to a court of general capability, which in most cases has unlimited jurisdiction in regards to civil and criminal court case matters. Superior Courts are a superior relative to a court with set boundaries of jurisdiction, which is restricted to civil cases containing monetary amounts with a set limit, or criminal cases involving offenses that are that of a less serious nature. Los Angeles County normally sets the limits depending on what type of offense has occurred.

In Traffic Court, there are normally two main different types of violations in which you may see present on your citationThe first violation is referred to as an Infraction violation. This means failure to comply with certain guidelines of the Vehicle Code, Local Ordinance, or other law making boundary. In Los Angeles County, an Infraction Violation is not punishable with imprisonment. The maximum fine sentence allowed in Los Angeles County for Infraction Violations is about two hundred fifty dollars, plus assessments and fees. The only way that you may be sentenced to jail time is if the Infraction Violation is combined with a misdemeanor charge. A Misdemeanor Violation is the second type of violation. Misdemeanors are punishable by imprisonment. You can be sentenced up to, but no more than six months in the county jail or you may be issued a fine up to, but not exceeding more than one thousand dollars, plus fees and assessments. In some misdemeanor charges, it is possible to receive the fine and the allotted jail sentence.

Some Traffic Courts are held before a court referred to as a Justice Court Justice Courts are held in New York. The way the New York works their court system is by holding the trial wherever the traffic incident occurred. For example, if an individual lives in Manhattan, New York but their traffic incident occurred in Nassau County, the court hearing for the case would be held in Nassau County in front of the Justice Court system. In Virginia, traffic violations are held within the General District Court, within the community of where the violation occurred.