Although the base fine for a one to 15 mph over or any speeding ticket
has not gone up, the overall cost of speeding tickets (in fact all tickets)
has gone up many times due to the state using traffic violations as their
own personal fundraiser. The base fine for 1-15 mph over is still $35.00,
but the actual fine is $234.00. Both pale in comparison to the insurance
costs over three years.
Likewise, the total cost of a conviction can range widely from county to
county within CA. When the state or county has a construction project
or needs money for emergency services, they tack on a surcharge, assessment,
or fee to raise the funds for their project. Even night court has a fee
attached to every ticket, whether you use night court to clear your speeding
tickets or not. As if you aren’t already paying for night court
with your taxes.
What Are these Fees and Surcharges?
The state surcharge is 20 percent of the base fine, there is a state penalty
of 100 percent of the base fine, a court operations fee of $40.00 per
ticket, a $35.00 conviction assessment, a construction penalty of 50 percent
of the base fine, a DNA ID surcharge of $4.00 per every $10.00 of the
base fine, a county assessment of $7.00 per every $10.00 of the base fine,
a night court fee of $1.00, an EMT air transport penalty of $4.00, and
a fee for EMT of $2.00 per every $10.00 of the base fine. Therefore, your
speeding ticket for going 1-15 mph over the speed limit has a base fine
of $35.00, but it will cost you $234.00. Likewise, speeding tickets over
100 mph with a base fine of $100.00 will cost a minimum of $480 depending
on the county. It is more likely going to cost you $800.00 to 2500.00,
including your raise in insurance premiums if you can find a company to
insure you after an over 100 mph conviction.
How Much Is my Insurance Going to Go Up?
There’s a wide range of insurance costs in California, but a good
rule of thumb is that a 1 point ticket costs you close to 36% on your
insurance for a three year period. In other words, if you pay $1500 a
year for insurance, you’re likely to end up paying about that much
more in insurance premiums over three years. If your speeding tickets
were for speeding over 100 mph, you could face serious problems with your
insurance company, if convicted. Although it is not a misdemeanor crime,
your insurance company will likely see you as a high-risk and will either
raise your insurance so high you can’t afford it or refuse to insure
you at all.
Bigger & Harman, APC Traffic Ticket Defenders
When you receive a speeding ticket, particularly for exceeding 100 mph
and are ordered to appear in traffic court in Shafter, Kern County, or
LA, San Bernardino, Riverside, Inyo, and other counties in south-central
California, contact Bigger & Harman for legal advice. Give Mark or
Paul a call today and explain your circumstances with a free, no obligation
consultation, 661-349-9300. Your privacy and confidentiality are always
respected. Or, send them an email today,
En español, llame al 661-349-9755.