It takes a special brand of scofflaw to drive to and from a criminal court
hearing regarding a suspended drivers’ license, but numerous people
do just that in Bakersfield and other areas of the state.
Case in point: Officers in Orange County recently followed 15 license suspension
defendants out of the courthouse and into the parking lot. Five of them
got in their cars and tried to drive off the lot. One person had not received
official notice of suspension, so the deputies gave him a break. The other
four received traffic citations, and their vehicles were
impounded for 30 days each.
A grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration funded this particular sting operation,
and officers throughout California periodically conduct these operations.
STEP Campaigns/Saturation Enforcement
Once as numerous as grains of sand on the seashore and stars in the sky,
Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program campaigns are now increasingly rare,
thanks to a mixture of
legal changes and budget cuts. The federal government no longer has the money to fund
these grant programs, and recent changes to the impound law limit the
amount of money that law enforcement agencies can collect. For example,
to impound a vehicle at a checkpoint, authorities must charge the drivers
with something more than simply driving with a suspended license, such as DUI.
Saturation enforcement is a bit more common. Typically, the department
pulls officers off their normal duties and instructs them to prowl a specific
area and issue a certain type of citation. The department eats the overtime
cost and any other expense.
Officers often write
borderline tickets in both these situations, so if you were ticketed in any stepped-up enforcement
campaign, there may be an additional legal defense. An experienced attorney
can successfully leverage this defense during the trial and plea bargain
Getting Legal Help
The aggressive lawyers at Bigger & Harman, APC, are committed to giving
individuals a voice when dealing with speeding and traffic tickets. Call
today at 661-859-1177 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the personal professional attention you deserve. En español,
llame al 661-376-0214.