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Superior Court of California - County of San Diego: Juvenile: Juvenile FAQ: Juvenile Minor Offense FAQ
  
Juvenile Minor Offenses Frequently Asked Questions
 

1. Can I get information about my case over the phone or by mail?
2. How can I clear up an old ticket?
3. Who will hear my case when I go to court?
4. How do I get an extension?
5. Can I appear in court before my court date?
6. Do I have to appear in court or can I just pay a fine?
7. Can someone other than my parent come to court with me?
8. How can I change my arraignment date for my citation?
9. What happens if I fail to appear on my court date?
10. Can I have a jury trial?
11. The DMV refuses to issue a license to me because I failed to appear in court or failed to pay a fine. How can I clear this?
12. Is there a night court for juveniles?


1. Can I get information about my case over the phone or by mail?
A minor's information is confidential; therefore no information regarding the case may be given over the telephone. The requested information must be made in person or by mail as follows:

Request in person: The minor may request information and must present a valid photo ID. The parent or legal guardian may request information on behalf of the minor but must present a certified copy of the minor's birth certificate and/or proof of guardianship, in addition to the parent's or legal guardian's valid photo ID.

Request by mail: A notarized written request with the above information can be mailed to Juvenile Minor Offense 2851 Meadow Lark Drive, San Diego, CA 92123. If the minor is submitting the request, he/she must enclose a copy of his/her valid photo ID. If the parent or guardian is making the request, the parent's or guardian's ID and the copy of the minor's birth certificate must be enclosed.

2. How can I clear up an old ticket (citation)?
Call (858) 634-1616 for information.

3. Who will hear my case when I go to court?
Your case will be heard by a Superior Court Judge.

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4. How do I get an extension?
Extensions cannot be granted by telephone. To request an extension for a hearing date, court-ordered completion date, or fine payment date, you must:

For a first-time extension request of a hearing date, court-ordered completion date, or fine payment date, you must:

  1. Appear at the Juvenile Court Business Office Room 244. You must present a valid photo identification. The parent or legal guardian may request an extension on behalf of the minor but must present a certified copy of the minor's birth certificate and/or proof of guardianship in addition to the parent's or guardian's valid photo ID. The business office counter hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. OR

  2. Write to the court and ask for an extension. The request must include all of the following:
    • The minor's full name
    • The minor's date of birth
    • The case number, if you know it
    • The reason for the extension
    • The length of the extension desired

      The above information can be mailed to Juvenile Minor Offense 2851 Meadow Lark Drive, San Diego, CA 92123. If the minor is submitting the request, he/she must enclose a copy of his/her valid photo ID. If the parent or guardian is making the request, the parent's or guardian's ID and the copy of the minor's birth certificate must be enclosed.

For all subsequent extension request of a hearing date, court-ordered completion date, or fine payment date, you must:

  1. Appear at Juvenile Court on a Wednesday between 1:00pm - 3:00pm to submit your request to the judge. The parent or legal guardian may request an extension on behalf of the minor but must present a certified copy of the minor's birth certificate and/or proof of guardianship in addition to the parent's or guardian's valid photo ID. You must check-in at the reception desk located in the lobby of Juvenile Court; OR

  2. Write to the court and ask for an extension. The request must include all of the following:
    • The minor's full name
    • The minor's date of birth
    • The case number, if you know it
    • The reason for the extension
    • The length of the extension desired.

The above information can be mailed to Juvenile Minor Offense 2851 Meadow Lark Drive, San Diego, CA 92123. If the minor is submitting the request, he/she must enclose a copy of his/her valid photo ID. If the parent or guardian is making the request, the parent's or guardian's ID and the copy of the minor's birth certificate must be enclosed.

Note: A request by mail for an extension of a hearing date must be received before the scheduled court date.

5. Can I appear in court before my court date?
If the minor has received a courtesy notice from the court, he/she may appear in court during court hours on or before the noted appearance date. Court hours are Wednesdays between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. If the minor decides to appear in court prior to receiving the courtesy notice, we may not be able to assist the minor if the citation has not been filed with the court. We recommend the minor appear once he/she has received the courtesy notice.
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6. Do I have to appear in court or can I just pay a fine?
You must appear in court with a parent or guardian for most citations.

7. Can someone other than my parent come to court with me?
The court requires a parent or guardian to appear with the minor. Exceptions are made only when the parents are deceased or the individual cited is 18 years or older when the actual hearing takes place.

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8. How can I change my arraignment date for my citation?
A new arraignment date will not be issued by telephone. A new arraignment date can be as follows:

For a first-time extension request you must:

  1. Appear at the Juvenile Court Business Office Room 244. You must present a valid photo identification. The parent or legal guardian may request an extension on behalf of the minor but must present a certified copy of the minor's birth certificate and/or proof of guardianship in addition to the parent's or guardian's valid photo ID. The business office counter hours are Monday-Thursday 8:30am - 3:30pm and Friday 8:30am-12:00pm; OR

  2. Write to the court and ask for an extension. The request must include all of the following:
    • The minor's full name
    • The minor's date of birth
    • The case number, if you know it
    • The reason for the extension
    • The length of the extension desired

      The above information can be mailed to Juvenile Minor Offense 2851 Meadow Lark Drive, San Diego, CA 92123. If the minor is submitting the request, he/she must enclose a copy of his/her valid photo ID. If the parent or guardian is making the request, the parent's or guardian's ID and the copy of the minor's birth certificate must be enclosed.

For all subsequent extension request you must:

  1. Appear at Juvenile Court on a Wednesday between 1:00pm - 3:00pm to submit your request to the judge. The parent or legal guardian may request an extension on behalf of the minor but must present a certified copy of the minor's birth certificate and/or proof of guardianship in addition to the parent's or guardian's valid photo ID. You must check-in at the reception desk located in the lobby of Juvenile Court; OR

  2. Write to the court and ask for an extension. The request must include all of the following:
    • The minor's full name
    • The minor's date of birth
    • The case number, if you know it
    • The reason for the extension
    • The length of the extension desired.

The above information can be mailed to Juvenile Minor Offense 2851 Meadow Lark Drive, San Diego, CA 92123. If the minor is submitting the request, he/she must enclose a copy of his/her valid photo ID. If the parent or guardian is making the request, the parent's or guardian's ID and the copy of the minor's birth certificate must be enclosed.

Note: A request by mail for an extension of a hearing date must be received before the scheduled court date.

9. What happens if I fail to appear on my court date?
If you are charged with a Vehicle Code infraction and have no prior failures to appear, the case may be adjudicated in your absence in accordance with Vehicle Code Section 40903. A fine will be imposed and your license will be suspended by the DMV until you appear in court and pay the fine. If you are charged with a misdemeanor or non-Vehicle Code violation, a failure to appear will be sent to the DMV resulting in loss of your driver's license or your right to a driver's license. In addition a warrant for your arrest may be issued.

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10. Can I have a jury trial?
Juveniles are not allowed jury trials.

11. The DMV refuses to issue a license to me because I failed to appear in court or failed to pay a fine. How can I clear this?
Call (858) 634-1616 for instructions.

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12. Is there a night court for juveniles?
No.



 
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