Have you recently opened your mailbox to find a red light camera speeding
ticket from the
Stockdale Highway and
California Avenue intersection? When this occurs, many drivers think there is no way to
prove their innocence, but these tickets can be successfully challenged
under a number of
Before we get to the technical and real defenses of a red light ticket
there's another question you need to find the answer to: "is
this a real ticket that I just received in the mail?"
The answer may surprise you. A good portion of red light camera notices
that are sent out are not actual tickets. They look real and they look
menacing, but they are not real tickets. Instead they are sent out by
the Bakersfield Police Department or even the red light camera company
in hopes that you will respond to the ticket in such a way that will implicate
yourself or someone else as the driver.
So how can you tell if this is a real ticket or a trick by law enforcement
to get you to "snitch" on someone else or incriminate yourself?
(1) Look to see if the court address and contact information is listed
on the mailing. If it's not, then it's not a real ticket.
(2) Check to see if there's a due date on the ticket. If there's
no appearance or due date on the ticket, then it's not a real ticket.
When in doubt, contact me and I will tell you for free if the ticket is
real or not. And if the ticket is real,
other possible defenses include:
If you receive a photo ticket in the mail, don't immediate think you
must pay it. These tickets are successfully challenged in court all the
time and many result in a complete dismissal of the case.