Court Changes

Starting January, 2013, there will be changes in both Alameda County and Contra Costa County traffic courts.

Contra Costa County is reducing the number of traffic commissioners to 2 and is closing the Concord courthouse.  Commissioner Creighton will move to Walnut Creek and will be handling the tickets which were previously handled in Walnut Creek and Concord.  Commissioner Richards will handle cases in both Pittsburg and Richmond, traveling between the two courthouses.  All criminal matters previously heard in Walnut Creek will now be sent to Martinez.

In Alameda some of the commissioners will be rotating and the two positions in Fremont which  have been filled with temporary and visiting judges will now have permanent commissioners.  In Oakland, Commissioner  Culver and Commissioner Hendrickson will handle traffic cases in departments 102 and 103. In Fremont, Commissioner Rodrigue will be joined by Commissioner Carter.

Common Questions

What is a “point” and how will it affect me?
When you get a ticket, points will be placed on your driving record. Each incident is assigned a point and depending on the type of traffic ticket you received, you can get from 1 – 2 points on
your driving record. For example:

You will get 1 point on your Driving record If you get a ticket for:
» Speeding
» Running a red light / camera

You will get 2 points for:
» Speeding over 100 miles an hour
» Reckless Driving

If you get 4 points or more within 12 months, the department may suspend, place on probation, or revoke, your driving privilege for being a negligent operator.

How long does a point stay on my driving record?
The amount of time a point stays on your driving record depends on the severity of the traffic ticket. Most points (illegal turn, not making a complete stop, driving over the speed limit, etc.) will stay on your driver record for 3 years. Points for more serious offenses, such as hit-and-run or a DUI, will stay on your record for 10 years.

Will This affect my insurance rates?
Most insurance companies regularly review your record and may raise your premium if you get a certain number of points. It’s always best to have a “clean” driving record. Having a lot of points on your driving record may cause insurance rates to increase as much as twenty to thirty percent, depending on the number of points on your driving record and your insurance companies policies.