When disputing traffic tickets in California, understanding your rights and options is essential.
At Bigger & Harman, we are dedicated to providing you with legal insights to resolve these tickets effectively. Although we cannot promise a dismissal, we have a solid reputation in Lamont Courthouse and many others across California.
In this blog post, we will discuss common traffic tickets in California and the importance of consulting and hiring a traffic attorney to navigate these legal challenges.
Common Traffic Tickets in California
California courts can be unforgiving regarding traffic violations — particularly when a driver shows up without the benefit of legal counsel.
Some of the most common traffic infractions include:
- Red light tickets
- Running a stop sign
- Illegal U-turns
- Cell phone tickets
- Seatbelt use
These minor infractions typically result in a fine of between $237 and $490; however, when the driver is not eligible to mask the conviction or paid fine with traffic violator school attendance, the subsequent rise in auto insurance premiums averages about $687 annually for the three years the conviction will remain on the driver’s CA motor vehicle driving record (MVR).
Therefore, a minor infraction where the driver loses their “20% good driver discount” could cost around $2,000. So, despite popular belief, it could be much cheaper to hire a traffic attorney.
Some of the more common misdemeanor offenses include:
- Reckless driving
- Driving without a license
- Driving with a suspended license
- Speed contests
- Exhibitions of Speed
- Hit-and-run with property damage
Dealing with these tickets can be overwhelming, but it's crucial to remember that you have rights and options to contest them. Discuss your driving offense with a knowledgeable traffic attorney before making a statement to law enforcement or officers of the court.
Disputing Traffic Tickets in California
Stay Informed: Always consult a qualified traffic attorney about your options to understand your rights and responsibilities as a driver.
Gather Evidence: When you receive a traffic ticket, take the time to write down exactly what happened as soon as possible before you forget important details. Gather as much evidence as possible, such as photographs, witness statements, or other relevant documentation that may support your case to present to your attorney during your initial consultation.
Consult a Traffic Attorney: Consulting and hiring a traffic attorney can be a game-changer when disputing traffic tickets in California, and much cheaper than you would think. Our experienced team at Bigger & Harman will guide you through the process, explain your legal options, and help you build a strong defense.
Why You Need a Traffic Attorney
Many drivers hesitate to hire a lawyer because they fear the high costs and legal complexities. However, a traffic attorney can provide several benefits, including:
- Persuading the judge to reduce charges to infractions
- Negotiate a non-moving violation that does not affect your auto insurance premium.
- Get approval from the judge for traffic violator school attendance when you were driving too fast.
- Get a dismissal.
- Provide expert legal guidance tailored to your specific situation and submit all the necessary documentation.
- Ensure your rights are protected, and your voice is heard.
- Represent you at trial without you in attendance so you won’t miss school or work.
Our qualified and experienced attorneys are committed to safeguarding your rights and interests when disputing traffic tickets in California. We are available on weekends and evenings, ready to fight diligently on your behalf.
An experienced and knowledgeable traffic attorney can often get a traffic ticket dismissed when the law enforcement officer (LEO) who issued the ticket does not show up for trial.
Additionally, they could negotiate a reduced charge when the State’s evidence against the driver is weak, present evidence to show the speed measuring device was flawed, or the LEO’s training on the device was not adequate.
Consult with Bigger & Harman, APC, About Disputing Traffic Tickets in California
When you need help disputing traffic tickets in California in Lamont Courthouse in Kern County, contact the office of Bigger & Harman, APC, at (661) 349-9300. Se habla Español (661) 349-9755.
We are here to support you every step of the way. Your future is important to us, and we are dedicated to pursuing justice on your behalf. Don't let the fear of high costs or legal complexities deter you from seeking professional representation.
The Bankrate.com article, Average cost of car insurance in CA for 2023.