Some people that have been out of the state or country for years, come
back to California to discover their driver’s license (DL) is suspended
due to a failure to appear (FTA) or unresolved traffic tickets from years
ago. This can be very disheartening and confusing, disheartening because
you thought you would come back home to a new job, hit the ground running,
get a new place, and visit some old friends, just to find you can’t
even drive, so now it looks as if you will literally have to “hit
the ground running.” If you do not have a car or DL and you live
outside of a major city with public transportation, you are indeed, grounded!
Getting your DL reinstated without running all over and spending huge
amounts of cash is the confusing part. Hopefully, we can clear that up for you.
Clearing the Old FTA and Tickets
When you received that ticket or tickets, way back when, your signature
was your promise to the people of the State of California to appear in
court or otherwise resolve your ticket. If you didn’t, without cause
and after notification, you are subject to another fine for FTA, you may
be found guilty in Absentia, according to CA Vehicle Code (CVC)
Offenses and Prosecution, a civil penalty of $300 can be added in accordance with
Penal Code 1214.1., after 20 calendar days, and a warrant may be issued for your arrest
if it was a misdemeanor or felony, but not for a traffic infraction.
As traffic ticket defenders, Mark Bigger and Paul Harman spend many hours
per week in traffic court and one of the things they have noticed is the
number of people with an old FTA and thousands of dollars in fines and
civil penalties. Normally there are two or three per session that come
into traffic court, patiently wait for their name to be called, and then
beg the judge to consider their income. They say they just need to get
their DL back, so they can go to work, provide for their families, and
live a normal life. You’ll even see a bit of a smile when the judge
takes off a few hundred or even a thousand dollars from their sometimes,
$4000 in fines and penalties. They seem to be happy in their ignorant
bliss (ignorance of the system, not their personality).
If they would just take the time to consult a traffic ticket defender about
their old FTA, fines, and civil penalties, in many cases a practicing
traffic attorney can get nearly all of those wiped out and they’ll
just need to pay our flat fee, which they will know exactly how much they
will have to pay before entering into an agreement and the reinstatement
fee to get their license renewed. This is not a promise that they will
pay anything in every instance, but they can do a lot better than a few
Help You Can Trust without Breaking the Bank
Call Bigger & Harman, 661-349-9300 to inquire about the specifics of
your ticket or email:
If you have left tickets or an FTA unresolved for years, simply because
you didn’t think you had enough money to get it corrected, call
Bigger & Harman and give them all the details. They will give you
a straight answer on how much it will cost and if you think it’s
fair, they’ll go right to work on resolving your FTA and those tickets,
which depending on how long ago it was, could be very easy to get the
charges dismissed. Remember, the ticketing officer must appear in court.
He or she could have retired or been transferred.
Read this comment left on
avvo.com by Jason, “…was able to get a three year old FTA totally
dismissed without having to pay any additional fees or fines to the court.
The best part was that Paul's (Harman) retainer fee is the lowest
I've ever paid for a traffic attorney; definitely the best value I've
ever received in legal services.”
Bigger & Harman always charge a flat rate rather than by the hour,
so you know exactly what you will have to pay no matter how many times
they need to appear in court for you or regardless of the paperwork load,
no hidden fees, no surprises. Just expert legal representation you can trust.
Or, you can read Bigger & Harman’s
Nolo.com page, Nolo is one of the top internet digests for legal experts. Or,
Yelp, read the 80 or more reviews left by some of the thousands of clients,
mostly positive, with some negative comments, you can’t win every
time. But, you can count on them to put up the best possible legal defense
on your ticket.
Se habla Español 661.349.9755.