A study in another state found that the vast majority of super speeders
avoid the law's harsh consequences, with the help of a good lawyer.
One study found that
82 percent of super speeder cases resulted in a normal speeding ticket conviction
or a conviction for a different offense entirely, such as a defective
headlight or even jaywalking. Out of 8,000 cases surveyed, only 26 resulted
in a license suspension.
In response, one state governor has asked the legislature to make it harder
for drivers to plead guilty to an offense other than super speeding, if
they are charged with this offense.
In California, VC 22348(b) is our super speeder law. I cannot count the
amount of times I have seen people come into court and attempt to handle
an over 100 MPH ticket on their own. The results are almost always disastrous.
Just this month, I saw a man come in on the normal type of case that I
handle all of the time. He was in Shafter, CA, and I watched his trial,
the judge found him guilty, suspended his license, and sent him on his
way with a healthy fine. Later, I overheard that man, who had identified
himself as 32 years old but was to the point of tears, on his cell phone
confiding to someone else about his predicament and his fear that he would
lose his job because of this ticket.
It could have been avoided.
The implication is clear from this article: don't be one of the 18
percent who pays full price to dispose of a super speeder ticket. The
fines, points and license suspension are way too steep. While the numbers
are probably significantly different in California, the consequences are
very similar. And an experienced traffic lawyer used to handling over
100 MPH tickets in Fresno, Mojave, Shafter, and Lamont knows the defenses:
Not all of these strategies may get the ticket thrown out, but they may
substantially reduce the penalty. The bottom line is that it's a very
cost-effective move to hire a traffic ticket attorney.