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Many people watch courtroom dramas on TV or in the theater and think traffic court is the same. However, TV and reality are very dissimilar. Not just that, but traffic court is unlike other courtroom settings. 

Less than five percent of drivers with a traffic ticket dispute the charge. Even when they know they are not guilty, they think it is easier and less expensive to pay the fine. They look it up online and think the $35 “base fine” is what they’ll pay. 

Those who know there are ten added fees, penalties, and surcharges that make that $35 fine $238 or so, which depends on the CA county where they received the ticket, are still hesitant to hire a lawyer to challenge it in traffic court.

They believe, usually because of what they heard from a friend or relative’s divorce or family court ordeal, it is too expensive to hire an attorney. The truth is that many traffic ticket attorneys. You should always consult a traffic attorney.

Traffic Court Preparation & Missed Work or Hire a Traffic Ticket Attorney

Traffic court can be as busy as the 5 on a workday at 7 am. King County Traffic Court in Hanford, CA, can get busy even though less than ten percent with ticket contest it. Therefore, to get your ticket heard, you might have to sit through the morning session without having your name called to plead not guilty and schedule a trial date. 

The best way to avoid that is to hire a traffic attorney to attend arraignment in traffic court, dispute your ticket, or schedule a trial date if there are too many for that day. Plus, a traffic attorney can subpoena radar or lidar device calibration records, the law enforcement officer’s (LEO) training record on the device, camera-enforced red-light ticket photos and video, and other information the LEO may have about your case to prepare a proper defense. 

These same rights are guaranteed to the individual, but most don’t even know where to start to get that information. Plus, they need to take time off from work to get it, to attend the arraignment, and trial in traffic court. With a traffic attorney, they can attend all traffic court dates for you.

Unless you’re a licensed electrician, you wouldn’t think about changing your home’s electric control panel yourself, would you? Then why would you want to challenge your ticket in traffic court? Why most do is because they only consider the fine.

However, the fine is only a one-time expense, even when considering a camera-enforced red light ticket for $490 if convicted. But the DMV will assess one negligent operator treatment system (NOTS) point for the conviction of a minor moving violation. Then, when your insurance company learns of the violation, probably at renewal time, they’ll take your 20 percent “good driver’s discount,” and add the additional risk. 

Your insurance will likely rise 30 percent or more for the three years the conviction or paid fine will stay on your motor vehicle driving record. So, whereas you paid $490 for the fine, the average CA driver will pay their insurance provider somewhere around $1,200 more in premiums.  

Hire Bigger & Harman, APC, to Resolve Your Ticket in Traffic Court for Much Less 

Call Bigger & Harman (661) 349-9300 to discuss your traffic ticket and the possibility of resolving your ticket in Hanford Traffic Court. It’s much simpler and less expensive than you would think.

Dmitriy M. wrote on Google Reviews, “They were easy to work with and did what they said they'd do for the price they charged... they got rid of my ticket without me even having to appear in court. I was very pleased.”

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