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Handling an Out-of-State Ticket While Visiting Lake Tahoe

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The El Dorado and Sacramento County areas just west of Nevada, especially Truckee in California see a lot of truckers and visitors to the area getting out-of-state tickets. Any of these tickets could become an out-of-state ticket for long-haul truckers, tour or charter bus drivers, or visitors.

The Top Ten California & Out-of-State Tickets

In CA, the top ten traffic tickets are:

  1. Speeding
  2. Red light or stop sign
  3. Following too closely
  4. Unsafe lane change
  5. Railroad crossing
  6. Wrong way
  7. Reckless driving
  8. Pedestrian or School bus (not stopping or yielding the right of way)
  9. No passing
  10. Cell phone tickets

Most CA counties maintain jurisdiction for tickets so that they will receive the lucrative revenue the fines generate. Speeding and red light tickets average around $500 each.

There are many ways a law enforcement officer (LEO) can get you for speeding. They usually use Radar or Lidar devices, and pacing; however, in many cases, LEO can guess that you are going too fast for conditions when the road is icy or slippery. Many of these downhill straightaways end at a town where the speed limit drops to 25 mph in the business district.

Truckers and other multi-axle vehicles or RVs towing a trailer are limited to 55 mph and the first two lanes on highways throughout CA. Likewise, they must maintain a three hundred foot distance between them and the car ahead.

The Driver’s License Compact (DLC) & NCIC

When an out-of-state ticket gets issued to a driver, and they fail to resolve the ticket by paying the fine or pleading not guilty and challenging the ticket, they could get tried in absentia. When they do get tried in absentia and found guilty, the judge levies a fine, and could add a failure to appear to the ticket. CA Vehicle Code (CVC) 40508, Release Upon Promise to Appear makes it a misdemeanor to miss your court date or otherwise handle your ticket. When you sign the ticket, you were released on your own recognizance.

The DLC, compact between many states allows the member states to inform the resident state of violations and convictions from out-of-state tickets. Likewise, the National Crime Information Center, a branch of the FBI, will notify the state of legal residence of a misdemeanor. This is especially true when the judge issues a warrant, or an applicant needs a background check.

Many drivers find out too late when they apply for a job that requires a background check, they have an outstanding warrant for a simple out-of-state ticket that turned into a misdemeanor because they didn’t pay their fine, go to court, or hire a local traffic ticket attorney to resolve the ticket for them.

Consult a CDL Ticket Attorney that Regularly Handles Tickets in Truckee, CA

When you get a ticket on Interstate 80 ticket for Truckee, you need a CDL lawyer that understands your situation. An out-of-state ticket can be inconvenient for any driver, but it is imperative for a trucker to consult a California ticket attorney.

To talk with a traffic attorney focused on protecting a CDL holder’s record and who regularly handles tickets in Truckee, CA call Bigger & Harman (661) 349-9300. Se habla Español (661) 349-9755. Our office, located in Bakersfield, is just a place to hang our hats, take calls, and write requests for dismissal.

We practice only traffic law and resolve traffic tickets for our clients using a flat per ticket fee. CDL holder can get a free, no-obligation initial consultation simply by calling our office regardless of their present location.

Send us an email, attorney@biggerharmanlaw.com.

References:

CVC 40508Release Upon Promise to Appear