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The High Price of a California Red Light Ticket

undefinedWhen you get pulled over for a traffic ticket in Owens Valley, you need knowledgeable and experienced traffic law professionals to ensure you get a fair and impartial hearing. Although not all tickets are worthy of a day or two in court, discussing your ticket with a traffic ticket lawyer will ensure you take the right steps to get a dismissal, a no-points warning with fine, or a hearing when necessary.

Major infractions such as speeding 100+ mph (even if the judge waives the mandatory appearance, you should consult a traffic attorney before facing the consequences of a VC 22348(b)), misdemeanors, and felonies usually require a mandatory court appearance by either you or an attorney. The wise decision is a lawyer who will work all the possible requests for dismissal, reduced no-point pleas, and other out-of-court settlements through the judge before your court date. And, whenever a court date is necessary, will not require you to attend but present the case on your behalf.

California Counties Maintain Jurisdiction, Even for Red Light Tickets

All counties in CA keep jurisdiction over even minor traffic infractions. CA Vehicle Code (CVC) 21453, Traffic Signs, Signals, and Markings states, “A driver facing a steady circular red signal alone shall stop at a marked limit line…”  Those who fail to stop might be guilty of a minor infraction and if convicted, assessed one Negligent Operator Treatment System (NOTS) point on their motor vehicle driving record (MVR).

It can be quite expensive for LA drivers and other CA residents to travel back and forth to Inyo or Mono County to attend the trial. In most cases, you will need to attend the arraignment, plead not guilty, and make a separate date for a hearing unless you choose legal representation.

Traffic ticket attorneys know the officers of the court and the procedures to get a warning rather than getting the full penalties for a red light ticket. The fine, around $490, plus the approximate $65 Traffic Violators School (TVS) fees, and $20-100 tuition could cost more than a lawyer, if you are not eligible for TVS.

You are usually not eligible if you used TVS for another ticket within the last 18 months; you are not a licensed driver in CA; you were driving a commercial motor vehicle (CMV); you have a mandatory court appearance; it was alcohol or drug-related; a major infraction; misdemeanor; or felony.

When you were speeding 25 mph or more over the limit, you must get a traffic court judge to approve your attendance to mask a ticket with TVS. Likewise, you must agree to plead guilty to the violation. You will still need to pay the fine, but your insurance company will not see your conviction.

Consult a Traffic Attorney Who Regularly Handles Traffic Tickets in Owens Valley

When you have a red light ticket or other traffic tickets, call Bigger & Harman (661) 349-9300. Se habla Español (661) 349-9755.

We proudly represent California drivers across Central and Owens Valley in Mono or Inyo County Traffic Courts. We frequently appear in Independence, Bishop, Mammoth, and Bridgeport.

Send us an email, attorney@biggerharmanlaw.com.

References:

CVC 21453, Traffic Signs, Signals, and Markings