Tuolumne County Traffic Tickets
About half of Yosemite National Park lies in mountainous Tuolumne County. Located in California’s Sierra Nevada region, Tuolumne County was home to only about 55,000 residents at the last census. The county courthouse in Sonora is picturesque, but it is not a place you would want to visit after receiving a traffic ticket.
Tuolumne County has gained notoriety by requiring drivers who receive traffic tickets to pay the ticket before they appear in court. The practice, which clearly violates the due process right to be heard in court before a punishment is imposed, is being challenged by the ACLU. As the associate director of the ACLU of Northern California notes, “traffic courts are charging dues just to get in the door.” Since traffic tickets often lead to fines (plus court costs) of $500 or more, the policy has its greatest impact upon poor people who lack the funds to pay the ticket and are therefore denied any opportunity to contest it.
Tuolumne County is a quiet place, making it amusing to read the “crime reports” compiled the daily record published by The Union Democrat. While most of the “crime” consists of heated arguments, animal complaints, and petty theft, the Sonora Police and the county sheriff are actively generating revenue by writing traffic tickets for offenses like reckless driving, DUI, and stop sign violations. Given Tuolumne County’s apparent disregard of due process, hiring a traffic ticket lawyer is the only way to assure fair treatment in the Tuolumne County court system.
We help drivers fight their traffic tickets in cities throughout Tuolumne County including:
Big Oak Flat, Chinese Camp, Columbia, Dardanelle, Groveland, Jamestown, Long Barn, Mi Wuk Village, Moccasin, Pinecrest, Sonora, Soulsbyville Standard, Strawberry, Tuolumne, Twain Harte.