The State Senate approved a measure that would modify the $300 civil penalty
for missed court dates in Mono and Inyo Counties.
Senate Bill 405 essentially gives drivers who missed court dates more time to resolve
the situation before the penalty automatically kicks in. Under existing
law, the fee is assessed 10 days after the court mails a warning notice
to the defendant’s last known address. Los Angeles Democrat Robert
Hertzberg wants to extend the period to 20 days. The proposal would also
modify the current ticket amnesty to make a few more drivers eligible
for drivers’ license reinstatement.
Governor Brown should consider the fast-tracked bill prior to the end of the year.
Penalty Assessments and Add-Ons
Despite all the attention that
high penalty assessments garnered earlier this year, it looks like the sum
total of the legislative remedies are an extra week and a half to come
up with hundreds of dollars in fines, another Band-Aid temporary amnesty,
and a rules change in Fresno and Tulare Counties. These moves did very
little to change the simple fact that thousands of drivers are ordered
to pay money they do not have.
In short, when considering penalty assessments, add-ons, and increased
insurance rates, the average cost of a California traffic ticket is about
20 times the fine. Here in Central California, we have it a little better than the big cities,
but only by a few dollars.
With attention shifting towards the upcoming Presidential election, it
looks like the window for permanently revising penalty assessments has
pretty much closed. Politicians in Sacramento are probably wiping their
brows. They know that they dodged a bullet, and they can continue to fund
pet projects with your money.
Getting Legal Help
The aggressive lawyers at Bigger & Harman, APC, are committed to giving
individuals a voice when dealing with speeding and traffic tickets. Call
today at 661-859-1177 or email
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