Who is GC Services?
GC Services is a collections agency that contracts with the Los Angeles county court system to collect unpaid fines, usually for traffic tickets.
GC Services is not the court, is not your friend, and will definitely 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.
For a free phone consultation with a Los Angeles traffic ticket attorney, call me at 888-250-8450.
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 me for help 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, however, this ticket won’t hold up your license anymore (the DMV will purge the hold).
Do you care whether you get a misdemeanor on your criminal record?
If you fight the ticket in traffic court, the misdemeanor failure to appear charge will get knocked down to an infraction so it will stay off of your criminal record.
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.
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.
Get Help From a GC Services Attorney
It is better to fight your ticket in court than to pay the collections agency GC Services, if you have the opportunity to fight it (i.e. a failure to appear).
If you’d like to discuss how I can help you, you can contact me (Attorney Paul Denni) for a free phone consultation at 888-250-8450, or in the contact form below.