My question involves a traffic ticket from the state of: California
I am very confused and discouraged right now, I could use some help or guidance if anyone has any.
I received a notice in the mail from DMV that stated I have a FTA for a red light ticket and my license was to be suspended. I did not receive a ticket as I was not the registered owner of the vehicle. The registered owner did not get the ticket either as it went to a business PO box that does not accept personal mail not addressed to the box owner and apparently it was addressed to me.
I was told I had to pay the ticket and a hefty fine for the FTA to stop the suspension of my license so I did. The clerk set up a court date she said was for addressing the FTA regarding getting the fine money back since I did not get a notice of a court date to appear at. When I went to court however it was for the ticket. The judge asked how I plead and I said not guilty as I was yet to receive or see a ticket. I was told to go to the courthouse to get a copy of the ticket and come back to court. How in the world is it my responsibility to get my own ticket to myself?
I do not know how they identified me as the driver either? Even if it was me they could not have identified me by my license as I do not look anything like it anymore and cant even use it when I am present. If they had, my actual address is on my license and the DMV has my correct address they should have been able to get the ticket to me. The ticket was from January of 2016 , I got the notice from DMV about my suspension in June and the first court date was in August. The second one is tomorrow morning. 10 months and they still have not done their job at getting me the ticket. I have already paid $800 for the ticket and fines and just don't understand this system right now.
Is there anyone up that knows what I should say tomorrow when I go back into court? Clearly im looking for a long shot but thank you for any help.