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February 10, 2014 10:17 AM Subscribe
Is it possible to get an earlier court date for a traffic issue by showing up on a given day and hoping someone cancels? Calling? Other recourse? In particular, Los Angeles Metropolitan Court?
Sometime around the beginning of November 2013, my boyfriend and I were in the car (he was driving) and got pulled over. We were issued a fix-it ticket for lacking a front license plate (a California regulation).
Due to the holidays, general laziness, and the surprisingly vexing process of finding a front license plate bracket for a car unequipped with one, we missed the deadline to resolve the ticket (I always thought a fix-it ticket was just given out and you only were in trouble if you got pulled over again and it wasn't fixed. Turns out, in CA at least, you have to take the car to the Sheriff's station where they inspect the issue, and stamp your citation).
We did eventually get it fixed and our citation has the stamp from the Sheriff's office. However, since we missed the initial deadline, my boyfriend has received notification that his license has a hold on it, and he must pay around $800 (citation amount + fine for not getting it taken care of, or something). I was advised to just get a court date so we could try to get off without paying an absurd amount of money, but the earliest date we could get is March 18th. Is there any way to get an earlier date? The DMV sent him a letter saying he needs to surrender his license by March 7th, so it would be great if we could get this resolved before then!
Any suggestions? Show up and wait? I tried calling but there are no human beings available.