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Blog Posts in November, 2013

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  • Is a Traffic Ticket a Civil or Criminal Matter ?
    Is a Traffic Ticket a Civil or Criminal Matter ?

    In California, traffic matters are considered criminal. However, that does not mean there is any threat of jail or that you are expected to list a speeding ticket as a criminal violation on a job ...

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  • Trial by Written Declaration
    Trial by Written Declaration

    Especially if you live outside of central California, you may want to consider a trial by written declaration. But beware that there can also be a downside to a trial by declaration. To be eligible ...

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  • Traffic Calming Measures Agitate Motorists and Businesses
    Traffic Calming Measures Agitate Motorists and Businesses

    Merchants at a notorious "traffic trap" in a California city claim that the traffic enforcement campaign means lost business for area businesses. A city ordinance is designed to reduce the number of ...

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  • Higher Fines Mean More Court Dates
    Higher Fines Mean More Court Dates

    The administrative fees and higher penalties for traffic violations, which California intended to be a source of additional revenue, may be a zero-sum game. Motivated by high "penalty assessments" ...

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  • When the Law and Physics Collide
    When the Law and Physics Collide

    Kids, stay in school and do your math homework. A physics professor at The University of California recently submitted a four-page paper to the trial judge presiding over the professor's ticket for ...

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  • Why Traffic Ticket Fines Are So High In California
    Why Traffic Ticket Fines Are So High In California

    Although many of the base fines remain the same, so-called "penalty assessments" have caused the price of a traffic ticket in Bakersfield to mushroom. Penalty assessments are basically taxes that the ...

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