My question involves traffic court in the State of: CA
My son was involved in a car accident and about 3 weeks later, he received a citation in the mail. The citation had a county court location where it said to appear on or before a certain date and time. I called the court and asked if we are to show up on the date and time listed. They looked up the citation both by the citation number and my son's drivers license number and could not find anything. They said that the ticket was not yet in the system and thus not yet processed. They said it takes some time for the ticket to be processed by the issuing city and sent to them and then processed by them. They mentioned that once a court date was set for him, they would send another notice. Although I had updated our address with the DMV, a week later we moved (just a mile away) and I told the gal on the phone and she said that they could not take new address over the phone and in order for me to check on his court date, that I need to look online to check on his ticket regularly, as the new information would be sent to the old address and would not forward.....this was 7 months ago. I go on the court website daily and pretend to want to pay the citation. I enter the citation number and the city that issued the ticket and it keeps telling me citation not found, check later! The other teenager that was in this accident has not received anything either in the mail after that initial letter and citation.....
Does this ever just get lost and fall through the cracks and if it does, how long before my son is no longer liable and the statute runs out? If ever???
Thank you in advance.