In the United States, speeding ticket fines are always a flat rate: the
driver pays the same penalty, regardless of the driver's income or
type of vehicle.
Not so in all other countries. Finland and Switzerland, for example, assess
fines based on the owner's income, the idea being that a wealthy individual
would not be deterred by a few hundred dollars. These rules have resulted in some
very expensive speeding tickets, among them:
Fines in Kern County may not be that high, but the state is now attaching
ten penalty assessments to each ticket for items such as the cost of traffic school and other
administrative expenses: for example, a $100 base fine for a red light
ticket often runs around $479 with assessments.
A Bakersfield traffic ticket attorney can usually either find a way to
beat the ticket or at least get the penalty reduced.