A California appeals court just ruled that parking tickets in Los Angeles
County must be evaluated in roughly the same manner as traffic tickets
in Kings County and San Bernardino County.
Cody Weiss challenged a $55 ticket he got for allegedly over-staying the
two-hour parking limit on La Jolla Avenue in 2012. Xerox, which is under
contract with the County to review parking tickets, summarily dismissed
his complaint. Mr. Weiss then
challenged the system, based on a state law which requires the “issuing agency,”
as opposed to the processing agency, to make the initial review. The court
sided with Mr. Weiss, adding that there was a clear conflict of interest
because Xerox is “a vendor that earned a profit per ticket paid
and was also paid to conduct administrative hearings.”
According to court documents filed in the case, Los Angeles County has
collected over $335 million in parking ticket fines over the last two years.
Traffic Ticket Procedure
Local prosecutors in the High Desert follow basically the same procedure.
As a rule of thumb, they conduct an initial evaluation of traffic tickets based on:
Maximum Fine: Prosecutors normally shave a little off the maximum fine to encourage
plea bargains; the exact amount normally depends on the next two factors.
Prior Record: First-time violators get more consideration that drivers with several
points on their licenses or several prior cases.
: This is the big one. If prosecutors see that someone is represented by
counsel, they know that the lawyer will fight the ticket, and they slash
their offer like it was at a going-out-of-business sale.effective defense,
which is often the case, the prosecutor will reduce the offer even further
to avoid a risky and time-consuming trial.
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
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llame al 661-376-0214.