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					Mandatory Automobile Insurance Law                                     Traffic Night Court Schedule
                                                         For specific information on court locations please see the
Under the mandatory insurance law, all drivers           Court web page or call the contact number listed below.
must carry evidence of financial responsibility and          Court
must provide that evidence to an officer on re-             Locations                   Schedule                  Contact
quest. A violation may be dismissed with a pay-
ment of a $25 fee if the defendant shows proof of
                                                            Barstow                   Last Thursday
                                                                                      of the Month
                                                                                                               (760) 718-3700            TRAFFIC
insurance that was valid at the time of the viola-
tion. On a first conviction, the court must impose          Big Bear          Wednesday on the 1st full Week   (909) 366-4040
                                                                                     of the Month
a minimum base fine plus penalty assessments.
                                                             Chino                    2nd Thursday             (909) 356-5337
If the defendant claims an inability to pay both the                                  of the Month
insurance and the fine or other financial hardship,
the court may allow the defendant to make install-           Fontana                  1st Thursday
                                                                                      of the Month
                                                                                                               (909) 350-9322
                                                                                                                                  Superior Court
ment payments or pay the entire amount within a
specified time. In a case of extreme financial               Needles             Tuesday on the 2nd full       (760) 326-4355      of California
hardship, the court may allow the defendant to                                    week of the Month,
substitute community service in place of payment                                  excepting Holidays
                                                            Rancho                  Twice a Month              (909) 350-9761
of the fine.                                               Cucamonga                 on Thursdays

            Failure to Pay a Fine                             San                  1st & 3rd Thursdays         (909) 384-1888
                                                           Bernardino                  of the Month
If the defendant fails to pay the fine, the court may
issue a warrant for the separate offense or failure        Victorville                1st Thursday             (760) 245-6215
to pay or obey a court order, assess civil assess-                                    of the Month
ments, impose additional fines, and/or suspend the
defendant’s driving privilege.                                                    Traffic School
                                                        Traffic violators who have received a moving violation may
                                                        qualify for traffic school. Violators will still have to pay the
                                                        imposed fine, but points against their driving record are not
                                                        accumulated for eligible violations. Upon payment of fine
See the California Courts Self-Help Center locat-       and traffic school fees, an approved list of traffic schools will
ed on the Web for more information and forms            be provided. If you have a commercial license, you are not
related to Traffic located at:                          eligible for traffic school.

                                                                                     County of
                                                                                                                                 San Bernardino
The website for the San Bernardino County Supe-
                                                                                Internet Option
rior Court is located at:
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                                                                  Enriching Communities Through The Courts
                                                                                          October 2011
            Traffic Violations                                       Traffic Infractions                              Driving Under the Influence
Millions of traffic violations are filed each        The most common infractions are moving violations
year in California’s courts. There are three         without injury, such as speeding or running a red light.
                                                     Drivers charged with an infraction who want to admit          The penalties for driving under the influence
levels of severity of traffic violations:
infractions, misdemeanors, and felonies. Most        guilt, can avoid a court appearance by paying a fine. If      vary depending on the number of prior
                                                     drivers do not pay the traffic fine (bail) within the         convictions for this offense.
traffic violations are infractions, but some, like
vehicular manslaughter, are felonies.                authorized time, their driver’s license may be suspended
                                                     or a warrant of arrest may be issued. Also, a $300.00         First time violators can be punished by a jail
                                                     civil assessment plus additional penalties will be added      term of not more than six months, a fine and
Infractions are not punishable by jail or prison
                                                     to the fine. For unpaid parking tickets, usually, they will   penalty, and suspension or restriction of
and not subject to trial by jury; the punishment
                                                     not be able to renew their vehicle registration until they    driving privileges for six months.
may be a fine. The more common traffic
infractions include speeding and running a red       have paid all outstanding parking tickets and other costs
                                                     in full.                                                      Subsequent DUI violations will result in
light or stop sign.
                                                                                                                   increased fines, fees, penalties, jail or prison
                                                     Drivers who plead not guilty and request a trial may be       terms and may be filed as felonies.
Misdemeanors, such as driving under the
influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs, can carry       required to post bail or sign a written document to
                                                     appear in court. If they fail to appear, they will be         Drivers charged with a DUI must appear in
penalties. Misdemeanors can carry penalties
                                                     charged with the additional misdemeanor of violating          court for an arraignment and may be
of up to one year in county jail and/or a fine.
                                                     their agreement to appear. In this case, a warrant may        requested to post bail. Bail amounts can
Felonies are punishable by confinement of
                                                     be issued for their arrest and their driver’s license may     vary.
greater than one year.
                                                     also be suspended.
                                                                                                                   Upon request, the court will appoint an
                                                                                                                   attorney for a driver who cannot afford to
         Traffic Misdemeanors                                                                                      hire one whenever the possible sentence
                                                                      Traffic Hearings                             includes jail time.
The most common traffic misdemeanors are
driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs      If a driver pleads not guilty, the state must prove guilt
and driving without a valid license. In some         beyond a reasonable doubt. The defendant may offer
cases, drivers suspected of driving under the        opposing evidence, argue the law, present supporting
influence of drugs or alcohol will be taken into     witnesses and other evidence, and cross-examine the                        Traffic Citations
custody. Drivers charged with almost all other       law enforcement officer who issued the citation.              If you are asked to sign a Notice to Appear
traffic misdemeanors and infractions usually                                                                       and refuse, you may be taken into custody.
will not be taken into custody but will be asked     If a driver is judged “not guilty,” any bail posted will be   Your signature does not mean you are
to sign a Notice to Appear which is printed on       refunded. Drivers judged “guilty” must pay the fine or        admitting guilt. It only means you promise
the traffic citation or ticket. A signed Notice      serve the sentence imposed by the court. People who           to appear in court at a date and time specified
to Appear obligates the driver to appear in          willfully do not pay the fine and/or do not serve the         either on the front of the Notice to Appear or
court at a set date and time.                        sentence within the time authorized may have their            in the courtesy notice that may be mailed by
                                                     driver’s license suspended. They may also be charged          the court to the address on the citation. Do
                                                     with contempt of court or failure to pay a fine, in which     not disregard your ticket if you do not
                                                     case a warrant will be issued for their arrest and their      receive your courtesy notice in the mail.
                                                     driver’s license may be suspended. Also, a $300.00 civil
                                                     assessment plus additional penalties will be added to the            Visit us at

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