If you are charged with speeding over 100 mph, you or an attorney will
have to appear in court. A violation of CA Vehicle Code
Speed Laws is a major infraction and a serious offense. When you look at the penalties
and fines for speeding 100+ mph, you certainly want to appear in court
and fight the ticket.
Penalties for a 100+ MPH Speeding Conviction
The reason you will want to appear in court is very apparent once you are
aware of the penalties that come with a conviction. The first is the fine,
although the base fine is “not to exceed $500”, once you add
the state and county surcharges, assessments and penalties, the fine for
a first conviction can be between $900 and $2600 and at least one Central
Valley judge adds $100 for every mile per hour over 100.
The second is that a conviction means the DMV will assess two negligent
operator treatment system (NOTS) points that will remain on your record
for seven years. And then, when your insurance comes up for renewal, your
insurance will increase your premium based on the higher risk. That increase
could mean your premiums double or even triple. Although CA is a compulsory
insurance state, there is no law requiring an insurance company to keep
you as a client after your present contract expires.
In addition, CVC 22348 gives the judge discretion to impose a 30-day suspension
of your driving privileges regardless of your previous convictions or
clean driving record. That will make it very difficult to get back and
forth to work and handle family responsibilities, particularly if you
are the only driver in the family.
Other Traffic Violations for Which You Must Appear in Court
Of course, it will be noted on your traffic ticket or citation if you must
appear in court and on the “Notice to Appear” reminder that
the court must send (mandated by the CA State Legislature as of 1 May
2017, but it’s not an excuse if you don’t get one) to you,
but here is a list of major traffic infractions, misdemeanors, and felonies
for which you must appear in court:
· Hit and run is a misdemeanor with any damage CVC
20002 and a felony for any injury CVC
· DUI of alcohol or drugs (including prescription drugs) CVC
· Evading a peace officer (any law enforcement officer) CVC
· Reckless driving CVC
· Driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license CVC
All of these violations and more are serious offenses and should be dealt
with by an attorney. In fact, you should consult a traffic ticket attorney
regarding any traffic violation, an attorney will tell you if you should
appear in court or if they should handle it for you without your presence.
Sometimes it is advisable to go to court to show the judge you realize
the gravity of the offense.
Consult a Central Valley Attorney
Call Bigger & Harman, 661-349-9300 for a consultation regarding the
specifics of your ticket or email:
Bigger & Harman, APC has a reputation as straight shooters who will
represent you when you must appear in court, or provide honest legal advice
you can use to make an informed decision about fighting a minor infraction.
Sometimes, it just makes more sense to pay the fine and accept traffic school.
Read this comment left on
avvo.com and many others, “I was so relieved talking to them, they assured
me that, they would try their level best, and make sure that, the charges
are reduced to a level that, my car insurance will not be hiked. And most
important of all, I did not have to appear in court - wow!”
Bigger & Harman always work with a fixed rate rather than an hourly
fee, so there are no surprises. Whether it takes one court appearance
or many, five weeks or five months to resolve your traffic citation, they
will continue to fight for your rights.
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Yelp, read the 80 or more reviews left by some of the thousands of clients,
mostly positive, with some negative comments…you cannot win every
case. But, you can count on them to put up the best possible legal defense
on your ticket.
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