Everyone has made mistakes when it comes to driving. Not intentionally
done but it’s easy to slow down at a stop sign and just roll through
without coming to a complete stop. In the state of California stop sign
tickets have doubled within the past ten years. The base fine for a stop
sign ticket is $35 across the state and has been for the last two decades.
The uniform base fine is established by the State Legislature; however,
over the last ten years, they have approved state surcharges, assessments,
and fees and allowed counties to establish additional fees to support
wildlife preserves, court construction, DNA identification funds, and
even a surcharge for night court, whether you use it or not. So now, the
stop sign ticket that costs you $120 dollars just ten years ago, will
cost you $230-250 depending on which county you are convicted. In addition,
that moving violation conviction on your motor vehicle driving record
(MVR) will cost you way more in increased insurance cost over the three
years it will remain on your MVR than the cost of the ticket.
CA Vehicle Code (CVC)
22450, Special Stops Required
CVC 22450 requires, “The driver of any vehicle approaching a stop
sign at the entrance to, or within, an intersection shall stop at a limit
To prevent getting a stop sign ticket you should follow the rules/laws
· Stop at the limit line or before entering the crosswalk of an
· If approaching stop sign at a railroad track stop before crossing
the first track or entrance to railroad grade crossing
· A local authority can adopt rules and regulations by ordinance
under their jurisdiction to enhance traffic safety; however, a sign must
be posted to give the driver ample time to react
The “California Stop”
Almost everywhere in the USA, when you roll through a stop sign or red-light,
it is known as a California Stop. This type of “stop” is illegal
and may get you a stop sign ticket. It may be difficult for a California
Highway Patrol (CHP) officer to know for sure when they observe a non-stop
if they are not directly behind the vehicle. However, it may depend on
what position the CHP or other law enforcement officer (LEO) was in relation
to a vehicle to see if the driver came to a complete legal stop or not.
Although LEOs are trained on viewing traffic violations, everyone makes
mistakes. Unfortunately, once you receive a stop sign ticket it is your
word against the LEO’s.
Fight the Ticket with a Traffic Ticket Lawyer?
When you receive a stop sign ticket you should consult a traffic ticket
lawyer. When it is your word against the LEO’s, it is best to have
a traffic ticket lawyer help you with your case. The answers to these
questions may assist you to decide whether you should fight the stop sign
ticket or just pay the fine.
1. Do you know exactly how fast you were going?
2. Do you frequent the area where you received the ticket much?
3. Was the sign obscured or removed by vandals?
4. Was the limit line faded or obscured?
5. Was it a newly installed stop sign? This is a favorable defense because
if you travel this road to and from work every day you get used to stopping
in the same places for the same stop signs.
Taking pictures of the area where you were stopped would also help with
your testimony. Pictures and diagrams are always helpful.
To better assist in this situation, you may choose to hire a lawyer because
they already know the system, laws, and regulations. An attorney that
only practices traffic law is in traffic court on an almost daily basis
and they know what arguments have won favor with the judge and what just
Hire a Local Bakersfield Traffic Ticket Defender
If you wish to fight a stop sign ticket or any traffic ticket, call Bigger
& Harman and get free legal advice on the phone. Bigger & Harman
are Central Valley traffic ticket defenders who represent clients in traffic
court to get the charges dismissed or convert it to a lesser charge with
a smaller fine and in some cases, no NOTS points.
Despite their main office being is in Bakersfield in Kern County, they
make appearances and have fellow attorneys across Central Valley and parts
of SoCal. They represent traffic ticket clients in traffic court on a
near daily basis in Riverside, Indio, Moreno Valley, Mojave, Ridgecrest,
Hanford, Porterville and many more.
Call Bigger & Harman, 661-349-9300 to discuss your situation or email:
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