Re: Photo Ticket on Red Light (Turning Without Yielding) State of California
The car was rented in whose name?
Eventually, if unpaid by you, the person who rented the car (Primary on the contract) might see a charge for the fine amount by the rental agency (yes they can,... Chances are it is in the rental contract)!
See, initially, the notice was sent to the rental agency. They in turn, looked through their records, figured out who had rented that particular vehicle at the time the violation was committed and notified the police of that person's name and address. if you choose to ignore it, the issuing agency will, again, reissue the citation in the rental agencies name.. At that point you would have made it clear that you intend on not paying, so they will force charge it on yor credit card number on file!
Meaning the court will inform you if the fine amount due on the citation. Actually, it is pretty simple... If you were cited for a violation of VC 21453(a) or 21453(c), you are looking at a fine amount of approximately $480, otherwise and if it is in violation of 21453(b) then the fine amount will be approximately $234.
Reasonable or not, these are your options as I see them:
Well, you can contact the court to see if you could appear before you leave (though that is not likely);
You can contact the court, ask them what the exact fine amount will be and pay it;
You can postpone your departure until after the 29th of June;
You can contact the court to arrange for a different appearance date, and return to the U.S before that date;
You can hire an attorney and have him appear on your behalf!
You can ignore the citation but as I stated above, the rental agency.
I am right 97% of the time... Who cares about the other 4%!