My question involves traffic court in the State of: California
(Sorry for the title, it was meant to say Urgent help needed.)
Backstory here. (but not necessary to read)
I received a courtesy notice for an initial action for a fare evasion infraction. I mailed the slip back (on the 23rd of Dec) requesting a court trial, and also wrote a check out to the courts for the bail amount, stating in the memo the citation number and NOT GUILTY.
I check online and see this [screenshot of the LA superior court site].
What does bail forfeiture mean? Why is my case closed? I requested a court trial, and I am planning to go to the court tomorrow.
These are my interpretations, please help me understand what this means.
- Does it mean I cannot post bail now and I must show up to court? (I'm assuming that my check has arrived late and wasn't processed in time.)
- What does case closed mean? Case closed as in I must show up to court?
- Or does this mean that I forfeited my case by posting bail?
I'm very confused, and I was ready to head to the court tomorrow on 12/30.
Edit: The reason why I posted the check aswell, is because there's a FAQ that comes with the courtesy notice and it states:
How do I contest my ticket?
You must pay the full bail in person at the clerks office or by mail with the words "not guilty" written on the check/MO in order to obtain a trial date.
I think I followed the instructions although somewhat ambiguous. Do I even have a chance of getting a trial date now?