My question involves traffic court in the State of: California
I sold my car to an Auto Company in August 2008 (and still have the transfer of title documents to prove it).
Just a few months ago, on April 14 2009, I randomly received a nasty letter from the State of California saying that I "failed to appear in court" regarding I citation I've never seen before, and that I needed to pay the bail amount or face the Wrath of God.
I was on vacation when the letter came to my house. My daughter received the letter, got scared, and paid it online 2 days later (April 16), thinking she was doing something good.
As it turned out, the Auto Company had sold my old car to someone else, but failed to (I'm guessing) submit the transfer of title paperwork to the DMV. So, whoever bought my old car is the person who actually got the citation, not me!
But now, as a result of this, I have a point on my driving record. I know I can get that cleared up by submitting form DL 207 to the DMV, however it says I need a document from the court that validates my case.
My question is, how do I get that document from the court? Do I need to set up an appointment to see a judge? If so, how? Can I do a Trial by Declaration in this case? Since the ticket was paid, does that take away any rights I had before paying?
I would really appreciate any help you can offer.
Thank you very much