The cost of traffic tickets has risen dramatically in recent years. Some
say it is because the governor is afraid to introduce new taxes, other
blame the legislature saying they have never seen a traffic ticket surcharge
or assessment they didn’t like. Whoever is at fault, it is causing
significant hardship for the less fortunate in California. Not appearing
in court to settle your ticket will make matters a lot worse.
Bench Warrants for a Delinquent Ticket or Failure to Appear (FTA)
An FTA, suddenly makes that delinquent ticket nearly double to more than
$1000 and a bench warrant will be issued for your arrest. When you are
caught, the law enforcement (LE) officer will search for outstanding warrants
and you will be taken directly to jail until you can meet the judge or
you pay the bond (an amount you owe the state for your ticket, plus now
the FTA violation) and clear your warrant.
The basic fine for a bench warrant in California is $234, plus all the
state and county penalties, assessments, and surcharges and there are
many. If you did not go to court because you could not afford to pay the
fine for your ticket, it is now even more unaffordable.
The best you can hope for is to hire a traffic ticket attorney to get your
fines reduced or the delinquent ticket dismissed. Too many simply ignore
their traffic ticket summons and add to their problems with an FTA.
Ignoring your delinquent ticket will not make it go away. You must pull
on your “big boy/girl pants” and face the music.
Consider taking traffic school instead of receiving Negligent Operator
Treatment System points and an increased insurance premium. You can only
use traffic school every 18 months to prevent the Department of Motor
Vehicles (DMV) from adding points to your license and eventually (after
4 points in one year) suspending your license. Or, another special circumstance
could be a reduced fine or payment plan, or both. When you look at what
is possible when you hire a traffic ticket defender, it is much cheaper
than you think, particularly when there is a warrant for your arrest looming
and possible fines over $1000.
FREE, No Obligation, Initial Consultation
Not all traffic tickets are worth fighting. If the expense of hiring a
traffic ticket attorney outweighs the cost of your fine (depending on
the offense, about $500) and increased insurance premiums, it may not
be worth it and you should weigh your options carefully.
There are circumstances where it is almost necessary to hire a traffic
ticket defender. If you were ticketed for any misdemeanor or felony, speeding
over 100 mph, FTA with a delinquent ticket, or any moving violation that
will put you over the NOTS threshold of 4 points within a year, 6 within
two years, or 8 within three years you should hire a lawyer, particularly
if you are a trucker or commercial driver’s license (CDL) holder.
Even when you get convicted of a traffic offense in your own car, you
must notify your employer within 30 days of the conviction. Therefore,
you should make every effort to avoid a conviction to keep your job.
Call Bigger & Harman to get the advice and counsel you need to clear
that delinquent ticket and drive on with your life, 661-349-9300. Bigger
& Harman only deal with traffic tickets in California traffic courts
in Kern, LA, Kings, Tulare, SLO, Inyo, Riverside, and San Bernardino and
some other select California cities.
En español, llame al 661-349-9755.