Everyone that has ever had a speeding ticket knows how frustrating it can
be to get one but imagine getting a second before the ink is hardly dry
on the first. Back-to-back speeding tickets must be one of the most frustrating
traffic ticket scenarios imaginable. Okay, maybe not, there are far worse,
like DUI or Reckless driving. But, you do have some tough decisions to
make and we will discuss the options available in scenarios with back-to-back
speeding tickets or other traffic violations.
Your Good Drivers’ Discount
Proposition 103, enacted in 1988 contains a paragraph that established
the “Good Drivers’ Discount” for drivers who have had
a drivers’ license consecutively for three years upon application
of the discount. The premise for the three years was to reward experienced
drivers rather than providing an age requirement, which could be a discriminator
rather than a reward. Other requirements for the discount is the driver
must have no more than one negligent operator treatment system (NOTS)
points on their motor vehicle driving record (MVR). That means that if
you had a driving 100+ mph conviction six years ago, you are not eligible
until that comes off your MVR. Additionally, any conviction that stays
on your record for up to ten years, are disqualifiers, as well until they
are removed from your MVR.
The reason for pointing out these requirements in this forum is to drive
home the point that if you have back-to-back speeding tickets, it would
be wise to fight both rather than just pay the fine largely because it
is the right thing to do and you can only use a traffic course for one
of those tickets to mask the NOTS point or points from the insurance company
and lose your good drivers’ discount.
How Back-to-Back Speeding Tickets Affects a Traffic Course
Some drivers think attending a traffic course will eliminate a traffic
violation conviction. This is not true, taking a traffic course only makes
the conviction confidential. The conviction still stands, and you must
pay administrative fees, the fine, and surcharges, fees, and assessments.
For a 16-25 mph speeding ticket the total fine will be about $400 and
then you will need to pay the traffic course fees. The fact is, it is
going to cost more to take a traffic course because of the additional
$64 Kern County (likely about the same for any CA County) administrative
fee to attend a traffic course, and then you must pay for the traffic
course separately, which cost between $20-$60 depending on if it is online
or in the classroom. What they don’t tell you about the online traffic
course is that the completion exam, although open book must be proctored
in the classroom. So, it’s not as convenient as we thought.
Besides the added learning value, the course is worth it only if it can
mask or hide the ticket from your insurance company. However, when you
have back-to-back speeding tickets, you will only be able to mask one
of those and you cannot use the traffic course for another 18 months for
a traffic conviction. Your “good driver’s discount”
is worth 20 percent plus whatever rise in premium rates occur, likely
more than 25 to 50 percent, which could double or triple your premium
rate depending on your conviction for three years or more. Seven years,
if speeding over 100 mph is one of those tickets. You need to fight it
vigorously (the fine alone is $900 to $2600, no to mention the 30-day
DL suspension, so that’s a no brainer) or expect your auto insurance
rates to skyrocket. If you can find an insurance company to accept the
risk after conviction.
Your best course of action is to discuss your situation with a traffic
ticket attorney. Legal counsel can provide you with scenarios to benefit
you because they are there in traffic court every day and know what works
and what does not. When you combine the cost of paying the fine on two
tickets and the rise in your insurance premium versus the cost of a lawyer,
you will come out way ahead by using an attorney and there is always a
very good chance they can get your charges reduced or dismissed, which
will never happen by just paying the fines.
Consult with a Traffic Ticket Lawyer
When you have back-to-back speeding tickets or any combination of traffic
violation citations, consult with a traffic ticket lawyer to decide on
a course of action. Bigger & Harman practice traffic law exclusively
in traffic courts and from their office in Bakersfield in Kern County.
They can represent clients from anywhere in CA but normally serve clients
in Central Valley and a few courts in SoCal, such as Los Angeles, Riverside,
Paso Robles, and Barstow.
Call Bigger & Harman, 661-349-9300 to inquire about the specifics of
your ticket or email:
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and Nolo to check the background and reviews left by clients to get a
better idea of what kind of attorney you are hiring.
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I received 2 separate traffic tickets in a commercial vehicle and they
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Bigger & Harman consistently charge a flat fee rather than charging
by the hour. That way you know the exact amount it will cost regardless
of how many court appearances they must make on your behalf or the paperwork
load they must file. There are no surprises (except dismissals and reduced
charges) or hidden fees…just the expertise from 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.
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