In many ways, Central California is a geographic mosaic, with a mixture
of state, federal, and Indian-owned lands.
Most notably, there’s a rather large swath of territory in Tulare
County that belongs to the Tule River tribe. Other
tribes are dotted all along the mountains of Mono and Inyo County. As a rule
of thumb, only tribal police can enforce traffic laws on tribal lands.
It’s actually quite rare to get a ticket on an Indian reservation,
but it has happened before, especially for serious violations, like 100+
mph speeding and reckless driving.
The tribes also conduct their own trials and plea bargains.
Federal Traffic Ticket
The feds are much less lenient on traffic offenders, which will surprise
no one. But people are often surprised at the stark difference between
a state and federal traffic ticket.
For starters, there are
no local courts in the federal system. If you receive a traffic ticket anywhere in Central
California, the legal proceedings are conducted at the federal courthouse
in Bakersfield, Fresno, or Yosemite. Furthermore, instead of court personnel
and judges who routinely handle traffic tickets, you’ll find a court
staff and judges that only hear tickets at specific times and with considerably
less flexibility than you find in state court. Most traffic violations
in federal court are considered petty misdemeanors, which makes them more
difficult to deal with than infractions.
The first court date in federal court is an arraignment date. Many people
who go to federal court think that if the officer does not show, the case
is dismissed. But in order for that to be possible, the case would have
to go to a full trial. So, in addition to wasting a day in Bakersfield,
you may have to come back for a full court trial with an attorney on the
other side of the aisle helping the police officer.
Getting Legal Help
The aggressive lawyers at Bigger and 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.