So, you were charged with an exhibition of speed on CA-99 and ordered to
Delano Superior Court. Exhibition of Speed is a misdemeanor offense that is often linked to
speed contests or racing and can have a heavy penalty for those that choose
to participate. It is one of the most severe of speeding offenses in the state.
If convicted of an exhibition of speed, you could have your car impounded
for 30 days (at the owner’s expense), be imprisoned from one day
and up to three months, a license suspension of 90 days and up to 6 months,
and receive a fine not less than $355 and up to $1000, plus surcharges,
fees, and assessments. The license suspension could be restricted so the
violator may drive back and forth to work and probation of jail time or
license suspension is possible at the judge’s discretion. It is
also the judge’s discretion if the sentence may be applied only
on non-working days.
What is Exhibition of Speed?
California Vehicle Code
(CVC) 23109 states that, “A
person shall not engage in a motor vehicle speed contest on a highway…” or assist in holding a contest or race, which according to this CVC, does
not need to be against another vehicle, but could be against the clock
or another timing device. Even those in the audience at such a contest
could be ticketed for this violation. It is in the same group of violations
as reckless driving or driving dangerously. The best example of this would
be the "Fast and Furious" series of movies.
Excessive Speed Versus an Exhibition of Speed
not be confused by the similar sounding charge of “excessive speed,”
which according to
CVC 22350, is classified as driving at a greater speed than that which is “reasonable
or prudent” regardless of the posted speed limit. That basically
means the driver did not consider the effects of weather, visibility,
or the surrounding traffic on the safety of other persons or property
or the safe stopping distance for the vehicle.
Speeding Tickets vs. Exhibition of Speed Tickets
There is also a maximum speed law that states that no vehicle can travel
over 65 mph, unless posted for 70 mph in some areas, on the freeway. This
is one of the most common types of speeding tickets received throughout
the state. Any speed over 100 mph is considered excessive and carries
a more severe penalty. It gives any driver 2 points on their motor vehicle
record (MVR), heavier fines, the possibility of an automatic 30-day license
suspension, unlike a regular speeding ticket, and the possibility of jail
time. Unlike other speeding infractions, it carries a mandatory court
appearance and traffic school is not an option to remove points or reduce fines.
Speeding Violations Can be Expensive
In conclusion, whether you were involved in a racing contest, driving too
fast in the rain, fog, or other weather conditions, speeding, or driving
over 100 mph, CA fines are very expensive and the subsequent rise in insurance
premiums is not worth the risk. When you consider the repercussions of
being late for work or losing face because someone challenged you to a
race and you backed down, it is much too expensive. Speeding contests
should be left on the race tracks, movies, and to the professionals.
All of Us Make Mistakes
Sometimes, it just happens. Sure, we all know the law and the risks, but
sometimes we just aren’t paying enough attention. It’s too
late when the lights start flashing and you hear that siren behind you.
When you look down and see 100 plus on your speedometer, it’s too
late. So, before your date in Delano, call Bigger & Harman, 661-349-9300
and get legal advice regarding what course of action you should take.
Your initial consultation is always free and confidential. Or, you can send an
firstname.lastname@example.org to the law office of Bigger & Harman. They only take traffic tickets
cases. Many other attorneys have a variety of “specialties”
but not Bigger & Harman who concentrate on defending their client
in traffic courts in Kern, LA, SLO, Riverside, and San Bernardino.
Se habla Español 661-349-9755.