The LA County Superior Court handles a variety of cases, including civil, criminal and probate. The LA County Superior Court also handles certain traffic violations, including those which were given by county officers. In fact, the Court only handles traffic violations that do not fall under another court’s jurisdiction.
Tickets that are handled in the LA County Superior Court may include traffic violation or other types of citations, such as disorderly conduct offenses. Individuals that wish to simply pay the tickets can usually avoid going to court by pleading guilty and mailing in a check or bringing the check to the County Clerk. However, those that wish to plead innocent must go to court to do so.
Those that are accused of certain driving offenses, such as driving under the influence, would be tried in criminal court. In fact, there are many driving offenses which include criminal charges, such as vehicular homicide and manslaughter.
Those that appear at the LA Superior Court for traffic violations or criminal offenses committed while driving may be required to have a lawyer present during the court proceedings. Individuals are not entitled to free representation when they cannot afford it in cases that involve traffic violations. However, if the charges include criminal offenses, the court may appoint a lawyer to represent the individual.