Traffic school can be a good option for disposing of a speeding ticket
or other moving violation without paying a fine or having points assessed
against your license; however, most speeders are ineligible for traffic
school unless they have not taken a class in the last 18 months and were
driving less than 25 mph over the posted limit.
Rule 4.104 of the California Rules of Court, the 18-month period is calculated between
violation and violation. The judge does have some discretion to expand
the eligible offenses. So, even if you think you are ineligible for traffic
school, an experienced attorney practicing in Taft and Delano may be able
to convince the judge to let you take the school anyway.
Additionally, if you have a commercial drivers' license, your eligibility
is limited. You can only take traffic school if you were driving a noncommercial
vehicle; even after you complete the school, the conviction still appears
on your record even though the fine and points are waived.
Traffic school may no longer mean an entire Saturday in a classroom, but
there are still very specific
protocols to follow:
Perhaps the most important aspect is financial: all monies must be paid
in advance, to both the state and the driving school.