If you have a Long Beach traffic ticket with a failure to appear (FTA), chances are you are getting different stories from different people about the proper course of action to take.

As a traffic ticket attorney who has handled traffic tickets in Long Beach and throughout Los Angeles County for several years, I can help you the same way I have assisted thousands of clients in resolving traffic tickets with a failure to appear, by:

  • consulting with you regarding the collections agency GC Services (including if, when, and how to pay them);
  • helping you get your license reinstated by clearing holds on traffic tickets with an FTA charge;
  • putting your Long Beach traffic ticket with a failure to appear back in traffic court where it belongs;
  • handling all court appearances on your behalf, without the need for you to be present in court with me;
  • getting your traffic ticket dismissed so no fines are owed, or getting your fines significantly reduced below the amount GC Services wants, such that hiring an attorney is worth the expense.

For a free consultation, just contact me below.

Long Beach Traffic Ticket with FTA – Don’t Pay GC Services

GC Services is the collections agency that collects for the LA Superior Court – BE CAREFUL when dealing with them. They will often lie to you in order to get you to pay on a traffic ticket in collections, even when it’s not necessary to get your driver’s license back.

Many do not know this, but if your Long Beach traffic ticket is older than 5 years old, then it’s subject to the 5 year DMV purge rule, which means once a traffic ticket is 5 years old or older, the DMV will purge the hold from your license and that unpaid ticket will no longer prevent you from getting back your driver’s license.

If, however, your traffic ticket is LESS than 5 years old, then it will still be holding up your license. GC Services will try to get you to pay them, and will even offer a “down payment” in order for you to get your license back.

But it is better not to pay GC Services (I explain why below), if you don’t have to. You don’t have to pay GC Services as long as:

  • Your ticket is in Los Angeles County (because I handle tickets in LA County only, I cannot advise regarding how GC Services operates in other counties, where rules may differ or vary);
  • Your ticket is a failure to appear, as opposed to a failure to pay (a failure to pay means you’ve already seen the judge and have been convicted on your ticket, and the only thing left for you to do is pay your fine).
  • You have not paid GC Services in full.
  • You have not paid GC Services a partial payment under the amnesty program.

If all of the above are true, then I highly advise you not to pay GC Services. When you pay GC Services, you:

  • Are pleading guilty to the ticket and to the FTA charge;
  • May receive points on your DMV record due to the conviction, which can cause your insurance rates to significantly increase;
  • May receive a failure to appear as a misdemeanor on your criminal record (learn about getting an expunged misdemeanor); and
  • Will pay exorbitant fines, well beyond the original amount of the ticket (sometimes 4-5 times the original amount).

The above negative consequences are often unforeseen by most people, because by the time you pay GC Services, you are usually focusing on two things:

  1. Getting your license back; and
  2. Resolving this issue with as little headache as possible.

The good news is that you can still accomplish both of those goals, WITHOUT paying GC Services, as long as the conditions described above are met.

If you’d like help from an experienced traffic ticket attorney, you can reach me (Attorney Paul Denni) for a free consultation here: