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I received a violation on 8/22/16 for a automated traffic

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I received a violation on 8/22/16 for a automated traffic enforcement to appear in Van Nuys Courthouse, issued by the MTA for running a stop light at Canoga Ave @ Valerio Streett.. Should I ignore this ticket or will it go to warrant?
JA: Because traffic laws vary from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?
Customer: California
JA: Do you need to appear in court?
Customer: it states three options: Pay the bail, Via Mail or via phone
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: I want to know if I should ignore?
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Traffic Law
Expert:  legal replied 10 months ago.

Hello! I will be reviewing your question and posting a response momentarily; if you have any follow up questions please respond here. Thanks!

Expert:  legal replied 10 months ago.

Thank you for your patience as I reviewed this;

yes, a failure to pay/appear can result in a warrant being issued for arrest;

in addition, the court can add civil penalties for failure to pay, and failing to pay is also a misdemeanor.

please see:

so it is important to comply with the terms of the ticket (ie either pay the ticket or contest it in court)

one can also request a trial by declaration:

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Expert:  legal replied 10 months ago.

Hi- just checking in to see if you needed clarification on any of the above information. If so please post here (there is no additional charge for this) and I will do my best to get you the requested information.

Thank you!