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Traffic Court and Your 100+ Speeding Ticket

undefinedA 100+ Speeding Ticket Requires an Appearance in Traffic Court

One of the first noticeable consequences of a 100+ speeding ticket in CA is the need to return to the county where you received the ticket to attend traffic court, or hire a traffic attorney to represent you so that you do not have to pay for traveling, lodging, and lost hours or even days off from work or school.

Therefore, that trip up to Vegas might cost you more than you lost at the poker tables. Interstate 15 (I-15) runs from Mexico's border through Las Vegas and eventually to the Canadian border.

The stretch of highway between Los Angeles County and Las Vegas sees more 100+ speeding tickets than most other highways in the US. In fact, it is second only in CA to I-5 between LAX and SF.

What CA Traffic Law Says about a 100+ Speeding Ticket

CA Vehicle Code (CVC) Section 22348 (b) Speed Laws states, “A person who drives a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than 100 miles per hour is guilty of an infraction…” Thus, those websites on the internet that proclaim speeding 100+ mph is a misdemeanor crime are mistaken. It is not a criminal offense.

Although a conviction has severe repercussions, you will not get a criminal record from it, and with the help of a traffic attorney you could get a dismissal or reduced charge.

So, what are the consequences? CVC 22348 (b) (1) warns, you could receive “…a fine of not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500).” However, that too is misleading. That maximum fine is a “base” fine only. Since approved by the CA governor, ten surcharges, penalties, and additional fees were added to the traffic code, which could make the max fine nearly five times more, usually between $900 and $2,500 depending on the county where you received the citation.

Besides the fine, if convicted, the DMV will assess two negligent operator treatment system (NOTS) points that stay on your driving record for up to seven years. What’s more, there is no possible traffic violators’ school attendance to keep the infraction out of the eyes of your insurance.

When your auto insurance provider learns of the conviction, usually at renewal, they will double or triple your premium — if they decide to retain you as a customer. The average CA driver pays $1960 per year for auto insurance.

After conviction, they could pay $3,920 or as much as $5,880 annually. Many drivers wind up selling their new car and getting a used car that requires much less coverage.

What’s more, those two points are half the allowable total of assessed points before you are considered a negligent operator. Your license could possibly get suspended for six months and a potential probation period of 12 months.

Another little known penalty is a possible suspension of your driving privileges for 30 days. Many drivers never recover financially from a conviction on a 100+ speeding ticket in traffic court. Without legal representation, it could cost more than $10, 000. Consult a traffic attorney about disputing your ticket and the potential savings.

Who Can Assist You in Traffic Court for that 100+ Speeding Ticket?

Call Bigger & Harman, (661) 349-9300. Se habla Español (661) 349-9755. Although our office is in Bakersfield, we can help resolve your 100+ speeding ticket in Barstow and other desert area traffic courts.

We are traffic attorneys with years of experience dealing with speeding tickets. In fact, we published a White Paper on the subject, titled 4 Unknown Consequences of Driving Over 100 MPH. Send us an email: attorney@biggerharmanlaw.com, and we will send you a copy.

References:

The 2020 CA Driver Handbook.pdf

4 Unknown Consequences of Driving Over 100 MPH.pdf

CVC Section 22348 (b) Speed Laws