We were traveling from Tulare to Fresno to meet her parents for dinner.
We weren’t in a hurry or anything because we had plenty of time
to get there. In fact, I thought we were just keeping up with traffic.
Everybody seemed to be going 85 or 90 mph on Highway 99 North.
We had just passed the East-West intersection with 198 close to Visalia
and I started to pass a tandem tractor-trailer, who had just pulled onto
the highway from the entrance ramp. Even though we weren’t in a
hurry, I still didn’t want to be stuck behind a truck that can’t
exceed 55 mph. Just then, I heard the siren and saw the flashing lights.
Well, well, well, sneaky, sneaky, sneaky, I didn’t even see a law
enforcement (LE) vehicle up until then, nor had I looked down at my speedometer
until now. I was shocked to see I was doing just over 100 mph and thought,
OMG, this is going to be expensive.
The LEO was very courteous when he asked me if I knew how fast I was going.
I didn’t want to admit I knew I was doing over 100 mph, so I said,
“Well, officer, I was pretty much keeping up with traffic until
I sped up to pass that tandem trucker coming onto the freeway and then
I saw your lights come on. At that time, I looked down at my speedometer
and saw I was doing 98 or 99 mph.” He kind of chuckled and said,
“Yeah, the flashing lights tend to make everyone look down at their
speedometer. But, either yours is off or you misread it. I have you on
the radar at 106.” What choice did I have? I signed the ticket and
kept going to Fresno.
Dinner and Some Good Advice
Before we even ordered, my wife told her mother what had happened and my
brother-in-law Buck said, “You signed the ticket? You just admitted
you are guilty!” I looked him and asked, “Buck, do you ever
read anything besides girly magazines? Signing the ticket is just your
promise to the State of California that you will appear in court. If you
don’t sign, the police will take you to jail.”
My father-in-law chimed in and said, “You know I got a speeding over
100 mph ticket about five years ago and I called Bigger & Harman.
They handled everything, I didn’t even have to go to court. It still
cost me a lot of money, but I'm sure it was a lot less than if I had
just paid the fine. You should give them a call.”
100 MPH Ticket? You Need a Traffic Ticket Defense Attorney
When you require legal representation after receiving a 100 mph ticket
in Visalia in Tulare County, as well as in Kern, Kings, or San Bernardino
Counties in south-central CA, call Bigger & Harman. A 100 mph ticket
is a serious offense for which you need representation to avoid thousands
of dollars in fines, a 30-day license suspension, and an extreme increase
in your insurance premium if your insurance company will continue to insure
you after you are convicted.
A conviction of speeding on an over 100 mph ticket will put you in a high-risk
category and your insurance company may determine it is not worth the
risk to continue your policy. You see, although insurance is mandatory
in CA (unless you post a surety bond of $35,000), there is nothing that
requires an insurance company to insure you. In fact, some insurance companies
make it a prerequisite for you to pay the full cost of annual coverage up-front.
Call Bigger & Harman for a free initial consultation before you decide
what to do. When you just pay the fine, you are pleading guilty to speeding
over 100 mph, which could double or triple your insurance premium, the
DMV will give you two points on your license, which will stay there for
seven years, and your license will likely be suspended for 30 days.
Call Bigger & Harman today, 661-349-9300. Or, send an email:
En español, llame al 661-349-9755.