Re: Cancer Patient Failure to Appear - Southern California
I'm not sure about CA, but in WA (and I'm sure it's very similar), you would have to file a Motion to Set Aside Judgment, to quash the warrant, and to reopen the case. You would attach a declaration (signed under penalty of perjury) setting forth your explanation. You might also attach a copy of the hospital bill or other evidence that substantiates your claim.
In WA, your motion would be scheduled for a hearing in front of a judge. If the motion is granted (which, given your circumstances, it seems like it should be), you will then be scheduled for ANOTHER hearing to address the traffic citation.
Please understand, I have only ever seen this done by an attorney, and I would highly recommend you retain one.
Perhaps some of our CA experts or one of the attorneys can correct me if I've made a mistake.
Where am I going? And why am I in this handbasket?