Frequently Asked Questions

Please click on the links below to each section of questions.

Traffic School
TicketKick Service
TicketKick Written Defenses
Deadlines and Due Dates
Trial by Written Declaration
Posting the Bail
Sending the Documents
Courtesy Notice
The Verdict
Trial De Novo


What exactly does TicketKick® do?

TicketKick® is a legal document assistant designed to help drivers contest their tickets through a trial by written declaration in California. We provide all the appropriate instructions, forms, documents, and custom written defenses for drivers to contest their citation without ever having to go into court in most circumstances. 

Does TicketKick® work for Red Light Camera Tickets ?

Absolutely. In fact, those are some of the most effective California traffic tickets to contest and win.  It’s not enough that you were caught on film, our defenses show the judge that your ticket may have been unlawfully issued, and should be thrown out.

Is TicketKick® a law firm?

No. TicketKick® is NOT a law firm or an attorney and may not perform services performed by an attorney. TicketKick® is in no way, shape, or form an establishment of legal representation. No attorney-client relationship or privilege is created with TicketKick® at any time or step in the process of utilizing our services. The employees of TicketKick® are not acting as your attorney. TicketKick®’s document service are not a substitute for the advice of an attorney. TicketKick® cannot provide legal advice and can only provide self-help services at your specific direction. You are representing yourself in your traffic matter and only utilizing TicketKick®’s legal document assistance service. TicketKick® is not permitted to engage in the practice of law. TicketKick® is prohibited from providing any kind of advice, explanation, recommendation, or opinion to a consumer about possible legal rights, remedies, defenses, options, selection of forms or strategies. TicketKick is owned and operated by Auto Services Direct, Inc., a bonded and registered legal document assistant.

How can I trust TicketKick®? Is the website safe?

TicketKick® is registered as a California Legal Document Assistant. We strive to ensure that all of our customers are given the best service possible, and we never give out or sell any of your information. Please see our privacy policy for more details.

How long has TicketKick® been in business?

Unofficially, TicketKick® has been around since 2006.  We existed under a couple of different names until we came up with the catchy TicketKick® name., as it is today, was launched in early 2010.

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Traffic School

Can I still take traffic school if my case isn’t dismissed?

Traffic School eligibility and contesting a ticket are independent of one-another. In other words, just because you fight your ticket does not mean you won’t be able to attend traffic school if your case is not dismissed. However, a small percentage of customers are denied their requests for traffic school for other reasons. Traffic school is only available to those who meet the eligibility criteria, as outlined in the California Vehicle Code. TicketKick® can include a request for traffic school in the written defense at the customer’s specific direction. For more information, please see our Traffic School Page .

Can I ask for Traffic School at a Trial De Novo?

If you’re found guilty after filing a trial by written declaration and you choose to schedule a trial de novo, you may request traffic school or make other requests in person. Traffic school may also be requested by letter to the court. TicketKick can provide free letter templates at your request.

If I’m found guilty at a Trial De Novo, will I still be able to attend Traffic School?

If you are eligible for traffic school, most likely you will be able to attend. Ultimately, the judge holds final discretion in granting you traffic school. California law sets specific rules for traffic school eligibility.

How do I know if I can go to traffic school?

Generally, non-commercial drivers are allowed to attend traffic school once every 18 months. Your courtesy notice will inform you of your traffic school eligibility. You may also contact the courthouse to find out if you are eligible.

I already completed/am completing traffic school, does that matter?

Remember, you are innocent until proven guilty. It makes sense to attend traffic school only after the verdict is issued guilty and only if the judge approves it.

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TicketKick® Service

How much does the service cost?


TicketKick charges a Service Fee and a Document Processing Fee as follows:
  • Cell phones tickets - $99 ($49 Service Fee and non-refundable $50 Document Processing Fee)
  • Red light camera tickets - $249 ($99 Service Fee and non-refundable $150 Document Processing Fee)
  • All Other tickets - $199 ($79 Service Fee and $120 non-refundable Document Processing Fee)
The Document Processing Fee is non-refundable. The Service Fee (less any amount the court has reduced your fine by
and/or less any discount given at checkout) is refundable subject to our terms and conditions if your case is not dismissed through Trial by Written Declaration.


There’s nothing to lose in using our service, it’s a no brain-er! Check out our prices page for more details.

What do I get when I buy the TicketKick® service?

We will send you a TicketKick® package with example forms, documents, FAQ’S , and your custom, written defense. Our standard delivery time is within 2 weeks of placing your order.  If you need it faster, we have rush options as well.

How do I pay for you services?

We accept all major credit and debit cards through our secure checkout page.   Get started here to begin the process.

Do I have to pay right away?

We charge up front for our services. You can pay with any major credit card including American Express or Discover. Remember, we offer a Service Fee Refund (subject to our Terms & Conditions).

How do I begin the process with TicketKick®?

Go to our Get Started Page and fill out the forms to provide us with some information about your case.

Do I have to personally visit TicketKick® to use the service?

No. Our service is available online. This makes the process very easy and convenient for our customers. 

What violations does TicketKick® help with?

The majority of our business comes from speeding , red light, and stop sign violations.  Believe it or not, Red Light Cameras are our favorite violations to help customers contest.  Follow the online questionnaire to see if we can help you with your violation, or you can email us at to find out if we can assist you.

My ticket is not in California, can I still use your services?

At this time, we only offer our service in California.

Does TicketKick® provide a service for parking tickets?

No, the process to appeal parking tickets is different.

What about fix-it tickets?

If you have a fix-it ticket, you’ll have to take care of that on your own. Generally, you’ll need to fix the problem, have an officer sign off on the back of your ticket, and send in the ticket to the courts with a $25.00 correctable violation fee. If you have a fix-it attached to another violation, we can help walk you through the process of how to take care of your fix-it violation.

Does TicketKick® provide a service for DUI’s?

No. You’ll have to contact a DUI lawyer.  You can click here to find a lawyer in your area.

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TicketKick® Written Defenses

What does TicketKick® include in my written defense?

TicketKick® has worked with attorneys to produce the most effective, comprehensive defenses available. We’ve done thousands of cases over the years, and we throw out the defenses that don’t work and build upon the ones that do work. We have a full time team that constantly researches new, groundbreaking defense strategies.  In our defenses, we break down the law and ask the prosecution to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you are guilty of all elements of the violation.

Do the written defenses become diluted or repetitive?

Although the defenses in similar may share some of the same arguments, each written statement we prepare is unique and different. There are millions of tickets issued every year, and hundreds of judges to review them. Since we help with tickets all over California, our defenses don’t become saturated in one area. In other words, one judge may only see our defenses a few times per month.  Furthermore, if an argument is effective, then it doesn’t matter if it is used 1 time or 1,000 times, the law is the law, and the judge will have to dismiss your case.

Is every written defense the same?

No. Each defense is custom tailored to your specific scenario.

How do I know my defense will have the best chance of winning this case?

Remember, if you don’t win, we don’t we don't win. Our Service Fee Refund (subject to our Terms & Conditions) should give you some confidence. We want your case to get dismissed just as much as you do. 

Since documents aren’t subpoenaed, how are the cases won?

Our defenses our so comprehensive, so thorough, and so effective that the officer’s statement just can’t compare. Although it isn’t required for the officer to provide the documentation that we ask for in the statements, it isn’t good for his case when he fails to do so. Thus, a judge usually dismisses the case.  For Red Light Camera Tickets, we are the experts.  See our Red Light Camera ticket page for more information on fighting those types of tickets.

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Deadlines and Due Dates

My appearance date is today/tomorrow/day after tomorrow, what do I do?

Get started today. We offer a “Rush” service, and can deliver your documents as soon as the same day. Rush service may be subject to additional charges. You may also be able to get an extension on your case if you are unable to sign up for our rush service. Contact your courthouse regarding an extension on your case, however, please note, that in rare cases, requesting an extension may affect your ability to get a trial by written declaration granted. For more information, email us at

My court appearance date is in just a few days, what do I do?

TicketKick® offers an expedited option, and can e-mail or mail your documents as soon as the same day of receiving your information. We’ll get the documents to you within the perfect time so you can send them to the court or drop them off before your due date. Contact a TicketKick® representative to learn more. Check out our prices page to learn more about our rush services.

Do I need to appear in court?

A trial by written declaration does not require a court appearance.

Should I file for an extension on my case?

A few courthouses will not grant a trial by written declaration if an extension has been issued for a case. You may file for an extension if you like, but be aware that it may affect your eligibility for a trial by written declaration. TicketKick offers rush options to accommodate to your approaching due dates.

When should I get started with TicketKick®?

Now! The longer you wait to get started with us, the closer your deadline becomes. It’s easy for that appearance date to sneak up on you, so get started now so you can cross it off of your “to-do-list.”

What is required of me after submitting my information online?

We will send you your TicketKick® Defense Package. You review your documents, read the instructions, and send your signed documents to the courthouse with your bail amount. Send the documents to the court so that they arrive before your appearance date. Send everything certified mail. You’ll want to have proof of sending.

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Trial by Written Declaration

What is a Trial by Written Declaration (TR-205)?

Vehicle Code Section 40902 allows the defendant (you the cited driver) to contest citations in writing, without having to make a personal appearance in court. An officer will submit a statement to the courts, as well, and a judge will review the case. A Trial by Written Declaration is available in cases involving infractions of the California Vehicle Code. Violations eligible for a Trial by Written Declaration must be infractions only. Misdemeanors and cases involving accidents or alcohol are ineligible for a Trial by Written Declaration.

What is the benefit of a Trial By Written Declaration?

A trial by written declaration is much more effective than a court trial because the officer does not put in as much effort to fight the case. In a court case, an officer will receive overtime pay for showing up and testifying. In a trial by written declaration, the officer does not get compensation for preparing his written statement. When stacked up against our comprehensive defense, the officer’s statements just don’t measure up and thus, case dismissed for you.

Plus, you don’t have to physically appear in court, so you save time. Lastly, if you are found guilty after filing a trial by written declaration, it is your right to request a trial de novo (re-trial), or request traffic school as an option. It’s an excellent place to start, and most cases are dismissed with our documents.

Will I get to see the officer’s statement, or will the officer see mine?

No. The statements are sent to the judge, who is the only one with the authority to see both statements.

What does the court require of me to process a trial by written Declaration?

You must post bail when filing your trial by written declaration. However, once the case is dismissed, you will receive the bail amount back. If you are found guilty, your bail amount will be applied to your fine. We will provide you with the forms and instructions you need to file a trial by written declaration.

Where do I send the request for trial by written declaration to?

Send your request for trial by written declaration to the courthouse address that is marked on your citation. Be sure not to send it to any “Payment Center” court address (typically a PO Box). If your posted bail amount is sent to a payment center, they might think that you are just paying your fine and will close your case completely.

Do I send the ticket with my request for trial by written declaration?

No. You do not need to send a copy of your ticket or courtesy notice in to the courts with your request, unless specifically requested by your courthouse. Most of the time, they already have a copy.

How long does the whole process take?

After sending in your request for trial by written declaration package to the courts, you’ll receive your verdict in the mail within 4-12 weeks. It may take sooner or longer depending on your specific case and the judge’s decision. If you’d like to check the status of your case, please contact your court directly. TicketKick® will not know the status of your case.

Why doesn’t everybody use the trial by written declaration?

Most people don’t know the process exists. Most people don’t have the time or expertise to write a powerful written legal argument, so they don’t try. TicketKick provides a low cost self-help service for anyone with a basic traffic infraction to use their legal rights to defend themselves through this process.

Why can’t I just do the trial by written declaration myself?

We beleive TicketKick® customers are about twice as likely to get their case dismissed than those drivers who don’t use our services for a trial by written declaration. Furthermore, we eliminate the headache involved and provide you with all of the appropriate forms, documents, and written statements for your trial by written declaration. All you have to do is follow our simple instructions, sign the documents and send them to the courts.

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What is the bail amount?

The bail is the amount you’ll need to post to contest your citation through a trial by written declaration. It is equal to the fine amount, and is used to pay your fine if you are found guilty. The bail amount is separate from the court traffic school fee. By posting bail, the court will accept your trial by written declaration and refrain from issuing any warrants for your arrest. Remember, this amount will be refunded to you by the court when your case is dismissed.

How much is my bail amount?

Your bail amount can be found on your courtesy notice or by calling the courthouse. The bail amount can also be found in the California court’s schedule of fees. Generally, most violations have a bail amount between $250-$500.

Is the bail amount the same as the fine amount?

They are the same amount, but they are different in definition. The bail is the amount you must post to contest the case. This amount is applied to your fine if you are found guilty.

Do I have to post the bail amount?

California law requires that to contest your traffic ticket though a trial by written declaration, you must post the bail amount.

What do I do if I can’t post the bail amount?

You may be able to file for an extension to give yourself more time to come up with your bail amount. Alternatively, you can mail the court a letter requesting to be released by your own recognizance (bail amount postponed). Please email us at for more information before proceeding with this option if you plan to use the TicketKick service.

Can I post the bail amount with a credit card?

Most courts will not accept posting bail with a credit card. If you use a credit card, you may be paying your fine and closing your case without realizing it. If you decide to use a credit card, make sure you are posting the bail for a trial by written declaration, not paying the fine. Most courts only accept check or money order for the bail amount.

Who do I make the bail check payable to?

Your bail check needs to be made out to the “Clerk of the Court,” unless otherwise directed by the courthouse.

Can I send a money order for posting bail?

Yes. Address it to “Clerk of the Court” unless otherwise directed by your courthouse. You may not send cash.

Do I include the traffic school fee with my bail amount?

Do not include the traffic school fee with your bail amount. Most courts will not accept a traffic school payment with a ‘not guilty’ verdict. If you are found guilty and wish to attend traffic school, you can send a separate letter making this request and include your traffic school fee then.

Does the court cash my bail check?

Yes, the courthouse will deposit the funds. If your case is dismissed, they will cut you a check for the full amount. If you are found guilty, the courts will apply your bail amount towards your fine.

I can’t find the bail amount, what do I do?

The courts are the only ones who know your bail amount. You’ll have to contact them to find the bail amount. You may check your court’s website to see if you can log in to find your bail amount.

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Sending the Documents

Why do I need to send all of my documents to the court via Certified Mail?

Just in case the court never receives your documents, you will want to have proof that you sent them before the deadline. Make sure to keep your certified receipt for this reason.

Can I send my documents via UPS or Fed-Ex?

As long as you can retain proof that shows you mailed the documents, you may use any method you like.

I forgot to send my documents certified mail, what do I do?

Check in with the courts to make sure they received your documents.

Can I drop the documents off at the courthouse?

Yes. Time stamp the documents or hand them to a court clerk and ask for a receipt for proof that you’ve submitted them.

Do I send TicketKick® my courtesy notice or ticket?

We do not need a copy of your courtesy notice to develop your statement.  However, we will need a copy of your original ticket. If you do not have a copy of your ticket, you can request a copy from the courthouse.

What do I send to TicketKick®?

We will need a copy of your ticket. You can send it via email, fax, or mail. Be sure to keep the original for your own records.

Does TicketKick® send the documents for me?

No, we send you all documents so that you can review them, sign them, and send them to the courts at your convenience.

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Courtesy Notice

What is a courtesy notice?

This is the first contact made from the courts. It states the infraction, the bail amount, appearance date, case number, court address, offense date, and verifies your information. The notice also provides instructions on traffic school, pleading guilty, pleading not guilty, and consequences of not responding to your infraction.

I never received a courtesy notice, what do I do?

The courts are not required to send you a courtesy notice. Typically, the courtesy notice arrives at your mailing address on file with courts about 2-4 weeks after your infraction date. If it doesn’t arrive six weeks after your infraction date, you probably won’t receive one. The only piece of information you’ll need from that is your bail amount. Simply contact the courthouse to get this amount.

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The Verdict

What happens if the case doesn’t get dismissed?

If your case is not dismissed after a trial by written declaration, you have two options. You may simply do nothing and accept the verdict, or you may request a Trial De Novo, which is a second trial in the court room in front of a judge. You may also request traffic school and you must submit the court’s traffic school fee. We can provide you with a letter you can use to request traffic school if you’d like, so just let us know by emailing You can review your options by visiting out Guilty Options page.

How often do your customers get their cases dismissed?

For those who are found guilty, we offer a Service Fee Refund. TicketKick charges a Service Fee and a Document Processing Fee as follows:

  • Cell phones tickets - $99 ($49 Service Fee and non-refundable $50 Document Processing Fee)
  • Red light camera tickets - $249 ($99 Service Fee and non-refundable $150 Document Processing Fee)
  • All Other tickets - $199 ($79 Service Fee and $120 non-refundable Document Processing Fee)
The Document Processing Fee is non-refundable. The Service Fee (less any amount the court has reduced your fine by
and/or less any discount given at checkout) is refundable subject to our terms and conditions.


Does the judge have to give a reason for the guilty verdict?

No, the judge does not have to provide a reason why your case was found guilty. You may request a copy of the officer’s response. Please send an email to to obtain information on how to make this request.

Does the fine ever get reduced?

Typically, the case usually comes back guilty or not guilty. A small portion of customers have their fine reduced from the judge, though. Upon request, your written defense will ask the judge to reduce your fine and/or the charge. If your fine gets reduced but you are found guilty, we would subtract whatever gets reduced from your TicketKick refund, that way it’s fair for both of us. For more information, check out our terms page.

What is the difference between “not guilty” and “dismissed”?

Both outcomes ultimately mean the same thing: Your citation will not show up on your driving record and you won’t have to pay the fine.

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Trial De Novo

What is a Trial De Novo (TR-220)?

Trial De Novo is an opportunity for another trial. You will be given a time to appear in court and present your case. You will not have the same judge that reviewed your trial by written declaration. Fill out form TR 220 and submit to the courts within 20 days of your trial by written declaration verdict date.

What are the chances of winning a Trial De Novo?

Many times the officer fails to appear in court for the new trial and the usual result is the case is dismissed for lack of prosecution. You also have the opportunity to present your case to a judge in person, so we always recommend the Trial De Novo if your case is not dismissed in the trial by written declaration.

Does TicketKick® represent me in court for a Trial De Novo?

No, but you can use the defenses we prepared in your trial by written declaration to represent yourself. You may also consult an attorney for further advice.

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What do I do if I have multiple violations/citations?

We’ve helped drivers with as many as 6 tickets at once. Just follow the online questionnaires and we’ll guide you through everything.

How long does it take for my case to be entered into the court’s system?

It usually takes about 2 weeks for your case to be in the court’s system. However, your case won’t be in the system until the officer files your citation. The officer has up to one year to submit your citation to the courts.

What if I lost my ticket?

We can still help but we do need you to get a copy of your ticket from your courthouse, so that we have the best chance at helping you fight your ticket successfully.

My driver’s license is issued from a state outside of California, does this matter?

It does not matter where your driver’s license is issued from, so long as you were legally allowed to operate the vehicle when cited.

How do I get my refund?

To file for a refund, please visit our Guilty Options page. Refunds are generally processed within 30 business days of receipt of paperwork by TicketKick®.

What is my citation number?

The citation number can be found on your ticket. If the ticket was written from an officer, it should be in the upper right hand corner and also down the right hand side. For red-light camera tickets, it may also be called “Automated Enforcement Number.”

What is my infraction number (violation code)?

Your infraction number is the violation code number. (The law you allegedly broke.) This can be found on your ticket usually in a box that says “Code and Section”. It will usually be a 5 digit code, preceded by “CVC” or “VC”.

Are all roads considered highways?

The California Vehicle Code defines a highway as “a way or place of whatever nature, publicly maintained and open to the use of the public for purposes of vehicular travel. Highway includes street.”

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