How Does a Trial By Declaration Work?

Being pulled over by law enforcement for an alleged traffic violation can really ruin your day. But don’t just give in and pay the ticket!  Make the State earns it’s quota and FIGHT THAT TICKET! After you’re issued a California traffic ticket there’s two ways to fight it:

1) Going in front of the judge and testifying against the cop who issued the ticket; OR

2) Authoring a Trial by Written Declaration. California Ticket King, PC is a law firm that can aid you in your battle against the State, but in many if not all cases we recommend fighting it via Trial By Declaration first.

What’s a Trial By Declaration?

California’s Vehicle Code 40902 requires traffic courts to allow a defendant to fight their ticket by written declaration so long as it’s not past the due date, it’s not a mandatory appearance and if the bail (fine) is submitted.  A Trial by Written Declaration is your chance to tell the judge your side of the story without having to show up in Court.

What If You Lose a TBD?

If you lose your TBD you can elect to attend traffic school (if eligible) or request a judge trial (called a trial de novo) by filing a form TR-220 with the court.

Other evidence can be submitted with a TBD for example, other witness statements.

You need an attorney that has litigated thousands of traffic tickets in court to draft your trial by declaration because we know what judges are looking for. We’ve won thousands of dismissals, reductions and not guilty verdicts.

Why do a Trial by Written Declaration?

I received a ticket in a remote location and the courthouse is far away from any cognizable civilization.

If you’ve ever driven across this beautiful state and found yourself going a little faster than usual to reach your destination you may have alerted local law enforcement and unfortunately been pulled over.  You want to fight the ticket but the ticket was issued in a town that you would prefer never to return to.  This is your opportunity to proclaim your innocence from the comfort of your home.  The experienced traffic attorneys at California Ticket King, PC can help you draft a custom legal argument that will carry logic and reason to any courthouse in California.

I already have a point and can’t do traffic school!  You get “two bites of the apple”!

If you’ve already done your one traffic school allotted within 18 months you are not eligible for traffic school.  With a Trial by Written Declaration you can contest your ticket and if you lose, you get an opportunity to STILL fight your ticket through the Trial De Novo process.  This process allows you to have a representative go to court for you within 20 days of the date the day the Trial by Written Declaration decision is mailed to you.  This is your chance to get a “re-do” and fight your ticket in person with an attorney who fights the ticket in person.  California Ticket King, PC attorneys can aid you in your defense!

The California Ticket King, PC Advantage!

Why pay a Trial by Written Declaration service upwards of $239 and wait for a refund when they lose your trial when you can retain the legal force of California Ticket King for the affordable $99 for any non-mandatory appearance Trial by Written Declaration service and rest easy that you’ve paid a fair flat fee for quality written legal arguments and don’t have to worry about rigid time frames that need to be met in order to get a portion of your fee back.  With California Ticket King, PC its a set it and forget it approach!  We are success!

Trial by Written Declaration

Fight your case from the comfort of your own home.

Attorney Advantage

Hiring an attorney to defend your traffic ticket may mean the difference between a conviction and a dismissal. With high fines, DMV points and your license at stake, you need an experienced traffic law firm to handle it. Our traffic attorneys are the best in the business because:


We know the law and procedure that govern traffic law and traffic courts. We use the knowledge we've gained to get an advantage in court. Knowing the right legal maneuvers may mean the difference between a conviction and a dismissal.

We go to court for you

Under Penal Code 977 we can make all your court appearances without you having to be present. In most cases, you will never have to go to court. We appear on your behalf and represent you to the fullest extent of the law.

Cost effective

Hiring an attorney doesn't have to be expensive. Our fees are reasonable because we have designed our business to be efficient. Many clients actually save money because they have hired our law firm.