CALIFORNIA -- I was issued a ticket for a correctable violation due to a non-working headlight. I had the headlight fixed and a law enforcement officer signed off the ticket to certify the correction (I obtained an extension using the automated telephone system listed in the ticket). Following the instructions for correctable violations on the back of the issued ticket, I mailed via regular USPS my original ticket including the certificate of correction mentioned above and a $10.00 personal check for the transaction fee to process and dismiss the ticket before the deadline. Months later, I received a letter from GC Services Limited Partnership stating that I owed them $686.00 “as a result of failure to appear on my citation”. I called the collection agency on different occasions requesting clarification and asking for a review of my case, but was told every time – in a very rude way – that there was nothing else to do but pay or my license could be placed on hold. I just found out from my car insurance that my license has actually been suspended.
Upon my personal investigation, I concluded that the mail with my ticket and payment must not have been delivered to the court because I found that my $10.00 check was never cashed. However, I never received any courtesy or additional notices from either the Los Angeles Superior Court or the Department of Motor Vehicles regarding any of this – not even when I received my car’s registration renewal notice.
I know I could just save my self the headache and pay the $686, but this is unfair knowing I followed the instructions given and did everything I was supposed to do on my end to take care of this ticket. Is there anything I can do to have my case reviewed and find a fair and reasonable solution to this?