FTA – Failure to Appear in Court – California VC 40508(a)
If you have a Failure to Appear (FTA), it is imperative that you take immediate action to clear things up. That way, you can get your driver’s license reinstated. You need to act immediately (see below).
You Made a Promise to Appear in Court
Signing the Traffic Ticket
By putting your signature on a traffic ticket, you made a promise in writing to the police officer that you will appear in court. By not showing up to resolve the ticket issue, you will be charged with a misdemeanor, which is a criminal offense.
For FTAs in Los Angeles, we can help. As long as you have not yet been to court or stood before a judge on the ticket matter, we can go to court in your place so that issues are resolved. The goal is to get your driver’s license reinstated in just one to two days. To learn how we can help you with a situation such as this, call us immediately at 844-999-9987. Especially if the collection agency, GC Services, is handling your ticket, you need to contact us right away.
Understanding an FTA, Vehicle Code (VC) 40508(a)
In simple terms, an FTA is a warrant or hold associated with a Failure to Appear in court on a traffic ticket as promised. Once you are issued a ticket by a police officer and you fail to appear in court on the date provided on that ticket, the following will more than likely occur:
- You will formally be charged with VC 40508(a) under the California Vehicle Code, which is a Failure to Appear (FTA). Although a misdemeanor, this is still a crime.
- The government will:
- Request a sizeable fine from you
- Your driver’s license can be suspended for six months or a hold can be placed on your license
Missing a Court Date
Typically, courts will not send out any kind of notification or courtesy letter reminding people of their upcoming court date. Once you miss your scheduled date in court, you need to contact the California Department of Vehicles (DMV) immediately. Usually, the DMV will suspend your license for an FTA on a traffic ticket for six months.
Failure to Appear Penalties
A Failure to Appear (FTA) for a traffic ticket can result in:
- Bench Warrant – A bench warrant is issued by the judge, which is only for a misdemeanor. However, you can be arrested and held in jail until an arraignment. You may also be required to sign a promise to appear in court at a future date
- Civil Assessment – According to 1214.1 of the Penal Code, the court can impose a civil assessment up to $300 against anyone who fails, after notice and without good cause, to appear in court, regardless of the proceeding as long as it is authorized by law or for anyone who fails to pay a portion or all of the fine ordered by the court.
- DMV Hold – With this, your driving privileges and/or vehicle registration would be put on hold by the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). A hold can result in a suspended license whereby you lose all driving privileges.
- Fine – The court can refer the fine to GC Services, a collection agency that charges outrageous fees.
For a Traffic Ticket in Los Angeles, We Can Help
To eliminate stress and get issues with a Failure to Appear (FTA) resolved, call us immediately at 844-999-9987. Remember, we handle everything on your behalf so you are not even required to appear in court. As part of our job, we will work to:
- Clear up any issues with the DMV pertaining to your Failure to Appear (FTA)
- Help get your driver’s license reinstated
- Fight outlandish charges or, at a minimum, try to get your fine reduced
You can also learn about the dangers of driving on a suspended license here.