Thursday, December 14, 2017


If your case is currently in collections and your ability to pay has changed since your last hearing or sentencing, you may be eligible to request a modification of sentence of your traffic fines and fees.

In order for an Ex Parte Application for Modification of Sentence to be considered for your case(s), the following must apply:

  • Your case must have been filed at the Carol Miller Justice Center. Cases heard and sentenced at any other courthouse do not apply.
  • Your case(s) must be in collections at the Sacramento County Department of Revenue Recovery or GC Services.
  • It must have been at least 90 days since your last hearing, sentencing or submission of an Ex Parte Application for Modification of Sentence on that case.
  • You must not have been previously sentenced to complete community service on the case for which you are applying for a modification of sentence.
  • You must not have previously received a fine reduction pursuant to the Traffic Amnesty Program on the case for which you are applying for a modification of sentence.

In order to request a modification of sentence, you must complete and submit the Ex Parte Application for Modification of Sentence Based on Ability to Pay either in person or by mail to:

Sacramento Superior Court, Traffic Division
301 Bicentennial Circle, Room 100
Sacramento, CA 95826

Please note: By submitting an Ex Parte Application for Modification of Sentence Based on Ability to Pay, community service will be provided as the primary alternative to paying your fines/fees. By completing the community service by the due date, you will satisfy the fines/fees on your case. However, if you fail to complete the community service, you will have to pay the fines/fees in full by the due date or additional penalties will be added and a license suspension will be submitted to DMV.

Application will be reviewed within 2-3 weeks of receipt and you will be notified of the decision via mail. You can also view the status of your application by looking up your case online at www.saccourt.ca.gov/traffic. Applications will not be processed if all supporting documentation is not submitted with the application or if any of the disqualifications indicated above exist.