Base Fine Versus What You Will Actually Pay
The base fine for speeding tickets and many traffic ticket violations has
not gone up dramatically in the last 20 years or more. It’s like
they say, “It would take an act of Congress…” which
is true. For a base fine to go up, the CA Legislature must propose a bill,
approve it, and then the Governor must sign it to approve a raise in the
amount of a base fine. However, whenever the state or a county needs more
revenue they can approve an assessment, surcharge, or fee to be added
to a ticket much easier when they attach a “bleeding heart”
reason for the additional fee, such as emergency services, highway construction,
or night court expenses.
That’s correct, there is an assessment added for night court, even
if you do not use night court to clear your ticket, you will pay the fee.
Another is a fee for emergency medical technicians (EMT), $2.00 for every
$10.00 of the base fine, again whether you use these services or not is
irrelevant. There are many others, such as:
· A state surcharge (20% of your base fine)
· Court Operations ($40.00)
· Conviction assessment ($35.00)
· A state penalty (100% of your base fine)
· County assessment ($7.00 for every $10.00)
· DNA ID Fund ($4.00 for every $10)
· Construction penalty (50% of your base fine)
· EMT Air Transport penalty ($4.00)
Therefore, a $35.00 base fine for speeding tickets, one to fifteen mph
over the speed limit will cost you $234 and a 26-mph over the limit speeding
tickets, but less than 100+ mph, has a base fine of just $100.00 but will
cost you $480.00. Of course, the best way to avoid these heavy fines is
to avoid speeding or other moving violations. 100+ mph speeding tickets
will cost you between $800.00 and $2600.00
The thought process is that you broke the law, so you will have to pay.
However, does the inadvertent miscalculation of your traveling speed warrant
such steep penalties on speeding tickets? The revenue raised by traffic
court is estimated at around $500 million annually, just in CA.
But, the fine is not all you will have to pay when convicted of a moving
violation. There is also a raise in your insurance premium, unless you
can attend traffic school to erase the Negligent Operator Treatment System
(NOTS) points from your motor vehicle record (MVR), your insurance will
go up anywhere from $150 to more than a $1000 depending on your insurance company.
Many drivers think, “well, this is my first ticket so they probably
won’t raise my insurance much, if at all.” Don’t kid
yourself. If convicted of your first speeding ticket, without attending
traffic school, your “good driver” discount is gone for at
least three years. That means your insurance rate will rise at least 15
percent and often by more than a
The state of California makes plenty of money from traffic tickets, you
should make sure you pay the smallest amount possible or get the ticket
When you are convicted of a moving violation the Department of Motor Vehicles
(DMV) will assign a predetermined number of points to your MVR. Typically,
one point is assessed for minor infractions such as the following:
· Running a red light
· Illegal U-Turn
· Speeding, up to 100 mph
· Passing when there is a double line
Two points may be assessed for more serious infractions, misdemeanors,
and felonies such as:
· Speeding over 100 mph
· Reckless driving
· Evading an LE official
· Transporting explosives without permit
The NOT system is designed to notify drivers of their status and send warning
letters or notices of intent to suspend your driver’s license when
certain levels are reached. At Level four, when you reach four points
in one year, six points within two years, or eight points within three
years, your license will be suspended unless you can convince the DMV
there was a mistake. To request a copy of your MVR fill out an
INF 1125 on ca.gov.
The court clerk can allow you to attend traffic school for some traffic
tickets, for speeding, up to 25 mph over the speed limit, but only the
judge can allow it for more than 25 mph over.
However, not all traffic infractions are eligible for traffic court, such as in a:
· Non-moving violation
· Alcohol or drug related
· Commercial vehicle
· misdemeanor or felony
When you are eligible to use traffic court, the CA DMV has a list of state-certified schools
The Bigger & Harman Traffic Ticket Defense Team
When you have received a speeding ticket in Kern, Kings, Tulare, or Fresno
County and traffic school is not an option or was denied, your best option
is to fight and win. Bigger & Harman have been defending traffic tickets
in south-central CA for more than a decade and have successfully defended
nearly 2000 tickets and gotten reduced fines and penalty on even more.
It is not always a good choice to fight a traffic ticket, but on the other
hand, it is fool-hardy to simply pay the extremely high fines in place
in CA without discussing your chances with a true traffic ticket defender.
Call Bigger & Harman to get a FREE consultation about your traffic
ticket and your chances of getting it dismissed or the fine reduced. Or,
send an email,
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