It’s not always wise to just pay your fine for a traffic ticket.
But, it can be difficult to determine when to fight your ticket. Far too
many people assume that it is not worth fighting a traffic ticket in Kings
County or any other court in CA; in fact, 95 percent just pay their fine.
Although going through the court system is tough, an incredible number
of tickets are tossed with a lawyer's help.
When Should You Fight Your Ticket
Traffic tickets that are considered infractions have a chance of being
dismissed if a driver works with a legal team. A red-light ticket, for
instance, a violation of CA Vehicle Code (CVC) 21453 (subsections a, b,
and c) can be issued for things other than running a light. In the instance
of CVC 21453 a, it could be that you stopped with your bumper hanging
over the crosswalk even when no pedestrian was present in the crosswalk.
Another example is a simple speeding ticket, CVC
22356. You should always fight your ticket when it is for CVC 22350, Speed Laws,
which states, “No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at
a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather,
visibility…” This is perhaps the easiest speeding ticket
of all to fight with the aid of an experienced traffic ticket attorney
because it is a judgment call. How fast is too fast for conditions? The
burden of proof is the law enforcement officer's (LEO), which is another
very good reason to fight your ticket. If the LEO who issued you the ticket
does not appear in court, your ticket will be dismissed. In addition,
if the LEO has not trained on a radar gun or they are not able to produce
recent radar calibration records that might be enough to get the citation
dismissed. Other infractions that have high dismissal rates are carpool
lane violations, unsafe lane changes, log book or scale violations (overweight
trucks) for I-5 truck drivers.
Each of these infractions carries disproportionately large fines compared
to what they entail. Red-light fines can exceed $500, and a speeding fine
that carries a base fine of $35, after added state and county surcharges,
fees, and penalties can easily cost you $200 more. They can also endanger
a commercial driver’s license (CDL), drastically increase insurance
rates, and command other penalties like having to pay for traffic school.
You should always fight your ticket, whether an Infraction or misdemeanor,
in court because those can place a financial burden on a driver’s
family and endanger their freedom to drive and make a living. Ask a traffic
ticket attorney for a free phone consultation regarding your ticket before
you decide to fight your ticket or just pay the fine.
A Day in Hanford Courthouse
When you decide to fight your ticket, or plead not guilty to a traffic
ticket at Hanford County Superior Court, it can be confusing, particularly
without legal counsel. CA State Rule
Appearance Without Deposit of Bail, says that you have the right to fight your ticket before posting any
kind of deposit or bail. In Hanford Court, however, this rule is regularly
dismissed because of certain technicalities. Specifically, when you want
a different court date than the arraignment date, which without legal
representation, most drivers do not know they could ask for both the arraignment
and hearing on the same day so they are not prepared to defend themselves
during the arraignment. It is often the case that people must pay a fine
(in the form of “bail”) before they can fight it. This is
ludicrous if finances are a huge personal issue, and there is a reason
for the traffic ticket to be dismissed.
This is could be particularly burdensome for truckers and other commercial
motor vehicle (CMV) drivers who received tickets on those I-5 routes.
Your few minutes in court to dismiss a ticket could take an entire day,
which means time away from work. That is why many truckers and other CMV
drivers hire Bigger & Harman so they can go to work and let the best
traffic ticket defense team in Central Valley handle their alleged violation.
California generates nearly $500 million a year in traffic tickets and
has instituted an online paying system. This system makes it easy to not
fight your ticket. However, with the high number of technicalities and
the complications of the traffic court system, you should consult an attorney
prior to deciding to fight your ticket.
Hire a Local Kings County Lawyer
One of the methods to avoid these complications is by working with a lawyer
who understands the subtleties of traffic court and how traffic violations
are established, assessed, and challenged. A layperson on their own has
little chance to convince the court that a ticket should not have been
issued. Fighting a ticket alone can take massive amounts of time and result
in added costs.
Even for the smallest infractions, fighting a ticket in Kings County Superior
Court is a battle. Experienced lawyers can review your case, provide solid
reasons why a ticket should be dismissed, and preserve your valued driving
Mark Bigger and Paul Harman make up the legal team of Bigger & Harman,
APC, they are ticket defenders and represent clients in Central Valley
traffic courts in Kings, Tulare, Kern, Fresno, Mono, Inyo, as well as
some counties in Southern California (SoCal), such as San Luis Obispo,
San Bernardino, Los Angeles, and Riverside counties in SoCal courts. Those
traffic courts are in Hanford, Porterville, Lamont, Shafter, Bishop, Bridgeport,
SLO, Barstow, Bakersfield, and many other major cities in Central Valley
Call Bigger & Harman, 661-349-9300, or email:
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