Know Your Rights on Truancy Tickets

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Los Angeles Municipal Code (45.04) is a daytime curfew law that requires all students to be in school from bell to bell. If found outside of school during those hours by a police officer, you can be fined up to $250 (plus added court fees). So if you ever get a ticket, here are a few things you should know in handling your case....

You must go to court with your parent/guardian or else you will be turned away.

You have the right to ask for a re-hearing!
If you think the referee ruled unfairly, you have 10 days to submit a written request for a re-hearing. You must submit it in person (don't mail it!) to the same court where you had your first hearing.

YOU HAVE THE RIGHT to ask for your own individual hearing!
Your referee can decide to dismiss, reduce or offer alternatives to paying the full ticket. That is why it is important to have your own hearing so you can talk directly to the referee.

Be careful of clerical errors--if you do community service or Saturday class, your fine should be reduced.

If you miss your court date, a "failure to appear" will be issued. However, you can still take care of your ticket by going to court in person at 8:30am or 1:30pm (with your parent/guardian if you are still under 18). If you want to reschedule your court date prior it passing, you should call the court at the phone # listed on your ticket.

If you do not ever go to court for the ticket, the full amount of the fine remains with the court, who then notifies DMV to suspend your driver's license. This does not clear when you are 18. Also, you cannot seal a juvenile delinquency record until all fines are paid--including traffic court fines such as "truancy tickets."

You cannot be suspended or expelled for being truant and tardy according to state educational law. 

*If you have any questions about your ticket or court location contact: Informal Juvenile & Traffic Court (213) 744-4155.
The main Los Angeles City Juvenile Traffic Court is located at 1945 S. Hill Street.


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