The Golden State is ranked number four in terms of states that give the
most speeding citations. The top five, in order, are Ohio, Pennsylvania,
New York, California and Texas.
An estimated 41 million people, or roughly 21% of drivers, will receive
a speeding ticket this year. The average officer writes $300,000 in speeding
tickets per year, adding up to a staggering
$6.2 billion. About 95% of defendants waive their right to a hearing and plead guilty
based solely on the state's evidence.
Nationwide, the average speeding ticket is $152; in California, the average
price tag is about $300.
That is the question. The 95% figure is roughly in line with the rate in
most other types of criminal cases.
Plea bargaining has been common in most courts for about the last hundred years. In one
of the earliest recorded cases, an Alameda County man plead guilty to
misdemeanor embezzlement to avoid prosecution for a felony. He allegedly
stole $52 from his employer, a sewing machine company. Today, the big
difference is whether you represent yourself or have an experienced attorney
in Kern County on your side.
Representing yourself, even if you do some preliminary research, is like
reading a few Internet articles on Web MD and then trying to remove your
An attorney can evaluate the evidence against you, and all the other circumstances
surrounding the case, and offer a fair assessment of your chances at trial
on your traffic ticket. Your attorney in Fresno can then often negotiate
from a position of strength to reduce the fine and/or the points. With
all the costs involved, including the
increased insurance premiums and all the secondary costs, hiring a lawyer is often the right move.