Who is GC Services?
GC Services is a collections agency. They contract with the court system to collect unpaid fines, usually for traffic tickets. They are not the court, they are not your friend, and they definitely will not provide you with sound legal advice. Because they are a collections agency, all they want from you is your money, regardless of the effect it will have on your DMV record, your criminal record, or your bank account.
Should I Pay GC Services?
Whether you should pay GC Services depends on a number of factors:
–Do you have a failure to appear, or a failure to pay? If you have failed to appear in court for a traffic ticket, you don’t have to pay off GC Services in order to get your hold released and to see the judge. Don’t let them bully you around. If you need help getting your court date, call us at 888-250-8450.
If you have a failure to pay, unfortunately this means you’ve already had your day in court. In this situation, you will be unable to get another court date, and paying GC Services is your only option if you want to get your hold released. If your ticket is 5 years old or older, you can call the DMV and have them purge the hold.
–If you have a failure to appear, do you have two failures to appear on a single traffic ticket? If you have two failures to appear on a single traffic ticket, some courts won’t allow you to get the hold off right away. However, you’ll still be able to set a court date (sometimes the court will give you a date several months away). A Los Angeles traffic ticket attorney can sometimes advance your case and see the judge immediately, depending on the court.
–Do you care whether you get a misdemeanor on your criminal record? A 40508 charge is a “wobbler” charge which means it can be charged as a misdemeanor or an infraction. If you pay GC Services, you will receive a misdemeanor on your criminal record. If you hire us to fight it in traffic court for you, the worse case scenario will be an infraction on your record for the failure to appear charge (meaning it won’t go on your criminal record). Call us at 888-250-8450 for help.
–Do you care whether you get one or more points on your DMV record? If the traffic ticket that’s in collections with GC Services happens to be a moving violation, meaning it will result in a point on your license, then you won’t have an option to keep the point off of your record if you pay GC Services. However, if you handle the ticket in traffic court, you have an opportunity to get the ticket dismissed, amended, or get traffic school, all of which will result in keeping the point off of your DMV record. You can read our past victories here.
–Do you want to resolve your ticket without paying the maximum fines? If you pay GC Services for your traffic ticket, you will be paying the maximum fines on all charges. That means you have no opportunity for a fine reduction, like you would if you handled the ticket in traffic court. Also, if you pay GC Services, you will pay extra because you will pay GC Services’ collection fee.
Get Help From an Attorney
If you still have questions about GC Services, or would like to handle your ticket in traffic court rather than pay GC Services, contact us at 888-250-8450, by email at TrafficDefenseHelp@gmail.com, or in the Get Help Now box on the left.