What is a Penalty Assessment?
Penalty Assessment is an amount which is added to all fines and for bail for infractions and low grade misdemeanor offenses. It is charged pursuant to Government Code Section 76000 and Penal Code Section 1464 of the State of California and is subject to change by the Legislature. Click here to view the current penalty assessment amount.
What is a Night Court Assessment?
Pursuant to Section 42006 of the Vehicle Code, in addition to the Penalty Assessment, a special assessment is collected for a violation of any section of the Vehicle Code or any local ordinance adopted pursuant to the Vehicle Code. Violations related to parking are not included. This assessment is used to fund night court operations.
Uniform Bail Schedule
1. How do I get my bail money back?
We will mail the bail refund to the depositor (the person who deposited the money with the Court), unless you have made special arrangements to pick up the refund check. The depositor must show ID to pick up the check.
2. How long will it take?
We will mail the bail refunds within 30 business days after the disposition of the case, or 30 business days after the order of exoneration.
3. Who does the court mail the bail refund to?
We mail the refund check to the person who deposited the bail money (the depositor). The depositor is the person who signed the personal check, money order, or cashier’s check.
4. If my address has changed, how do I tell the court?
When you go to court, tell the Deputy, Commissioner or Clerk that your address has changed. Or, you can send a letter to the court telling them about your change of address.