Although a 100+ mph speeding ticket is not a misdemeanor, as some internet sources have erroneously reported, it will stay on your teenager’s CA motor vehicle driving record (MVR) for seven years and can sabotage their future and scar their reputation.
Your teen might say, “Yeah, whatever, it’s just a speeding ticket.” Please advise them not to take that attitude into court with them. A traffic court judge can make their life miserable and costly if they do. By the way, there is no possibility of traffic violator’s school to hide this ticket from your auto insurance; your teen must get it dismissed or reduced with the help of a traffic attorney.
Plus, if they’re convicted, it will go on their MVR, which is a public record. Therefore, whenever an insurance provider, college, university, or employer asks for your MVR, they will see the 100+ mph speeding ticket conviction.
If your teenager considered Stanford, UCLA, USC, and many others, you could almost cross them off the list if convicted. Advise them to consult a CA traffic attorney before deciding not to challenge the ticket.
What Happens After a Stop with a 100+ MPH Speeding Ticket
When the ticket is issued, if they are a minor, the law enforcement officer (LEO) could release them if they sign the ticket. The LEO will warn them that failure to appear (FTA) is a misdemeanor crime in the state of CA, and a bench warrant could be issued. More than likely, a juvenile court judge will suspend their driving privileges indefinitely until they appear.
However, the LEO could take the juvenile to the police station, write the ticket, and only release them to a parent or guardian., and notify them about the mandatory juvenile court date.
According to the CA Rules of Court by the Superior Court of CA, they must appear in juvenile court.
“All juveniles are required to appear in court with a parent or legal guardian. If you have reached the age of 18, you may appear on your own behalf. You should receive a courtesy notice which gives you your court date. Failure to appear may result in a suspension of your driver's license.”
Their 100+ mph speeding ticket carries a mandatory court appearance for all “alleged” violators. That means that if they are 18 and no longer a juvenile, they can appear independently. Whereas it is genuinely not advisable, they could represent themselves in court. The best thing you can do for yourself is to consult a CA traffic attorney and follow their advice.
What Are the Consequences of a 100+ MPH Speeding Ticket?
CA Vehicle Code (CVC) Section 22348, Speed Laws, governs 100+ mph speeding tickets. If convicted, you are subject to a base fine of $300 to $500. However, since that code was written, the State of CA has added ten administrative fees, surcharges, and penalties that could make the total fine between $900 and $2,500.
However, the worst of it is not the fine, not by a long shot. When the DMV receives the notice of conviction, they will assess two negligent operator treatment system (NOTS) points, which puts your teen halfway to an “Order of Suspension/Probation.” The suspension is typically six months with a concurrent 12-month probation.
When your auto insurance provider discovers your teen’s conviction, usually at renewal, when they request a copy of their MVR, which is public record, they will increase your premium. First, if your teen has one, they will take away your “good driver’s” discount; then, they will double or triple your premium based on the additional risk you created by driving more than 100+ mph and getting caught.
If your teenager is on your insurance, you could pay thousands more per year for insurance during the seven years the 100+ mph speeding ticket conviction remains on their MVR, or they come off your coverage.
What’s more, if they go into court without a traffic attorney, their chances of acquittal go down tremendously, and the judge will likely suspend your teen’s driving privileges automatically for 30 days.
Contact Bigger & Harman about Teenager’s 100+ MPH Speeding Ticket
Call Bigger & Harman, APC, (661) 349-9300 when your teen needs assistance with a 100+ mph speeding ticket in Mojave or Barstow, CA.
We have become so adept at fighting 100+ mph speeding tickets for CA drivers, we wrote a book about it. 4 Unknown Consequences of Driving over 100; download it here.
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CVC Section 22348, Speed Laws