Need a Traffic Ticket Expert in Kern County?
Traffic tickets can be either infraction or misdemeanors. An infraction is not a criminal offense where jail can be imposed and you are only subject to a fine. Any moving violation and certainly a misdemeanor traffic conviction, however, will result in points on your driving record. If you accumulate too many, your license will be suspended.
For commercial drivers, a traffic ticket or one for equipment or regulatory violations can mean suspension or dismissal from their jobs. At least for them, fighting a traffic ticket is their only option.
What is an Infraction and Misdemeanor?
An infraction can be a speeding ticket, failure to provide proof of insurance or a failure to provide current vehicle registration. A misdemeanor is a criminal offense. Examples of traffic violations that are misdemeanors include:
- Illegal lane change
- Failing to stop at the scene of an accident
- Reckless driving
- Driving without a valid license
- Driving without liability insurance
In California, you can be sentenced for up to one year in jail and/or receive a fine up to $1000 if convicted.
Avoid Getting Points on Your Record
Motorists in Kern County who have had their licenses suspended drive anyway in some cases. If stopped by law enforcement, they risk jail time, a considerable fine and a further suspension of their license if not impoundment of their vehicle. In many cases, it is prudent to try to get your traffic citation or moving violation ticket dismissed, to plead to a lesser violation that does not affect your record or avoid jail time under more serious circumstances.
Get too many tickets and not only will your license be suspended, but the court will classify you as a habitual traffic offender (HTO), subjecting you to greater fines, longer prison sentences and other consequences if you commit a traffic violation that otherwise would not apply for first or second offenders. You could also be facing felony charges.
What Can You Do?
Most traffic offenders simply pay the fine and if eligible, attend traffic school to have the ticket eventually dismissed so no points appear on their record. But many tickets are not so clear cut and if you have multiple violations, you risk having your license suspended.
You can try your case in Kern County Superior Court, Traffic Division, in the applicable courthouse, with trial by written declaration. You submit a certain form, indicate what happened and why you are not culpable, and provide any documentary evidence to support your case. Most times, offenders lose because they failed to understand the law or the underlying issues. You can still fight your ticket by requesting a court trial. If you do so, why not retain an expert like a traffic ticket lawyer from Kern County?
Are Traffic Ticket Experts Effective?
Our traffic ticket experts handle hundreds of infractions and misdemeanor traffic cases each month, so we can charge you a very reasonable fee. We know how to handle red light camera tickets, can challenge speed gun results, show that you were not driving recklessly or offer reasonable explanations for your conduct that resulted in a ticket or infraction. In the majority of cases, our lawyers are able to get tickets and citations dismissed, reduce fines considerably or have our clients plead to an infraction or other offense so that their driving and criminal records are not affected. Call us today for a free, initial consultation.