Overtaking and Passing is not Clear-Cut
Under California Vehicle Code Section 21754, you can only pass vehicles on the right under certain circumstances:
- The other vehicle is making a left turn
- It is a one-way street or roadway
- The road is striped for 2 or more lanes
- On a divided highway with traffic moving in the same direction on each side
You may not use the shoulder to pass, though bicycles are permitted to do so. But if you received a traffic citation for unlawful passing, you don’t have to pay the ticket. For instance, was the street wide enough to accommodate two vehicles? Did the motorist in front of you signal to make a left turn and then change his mind? Also, was the roadway sufficiently marked? In some cases, the motorist in front of you may have even pulled over to let you pass.
These and any other reasons for why you passed a car on the right may have been missed by the officer who cited you. You can try to explain this in court but representing yourself is not always such a good idea.
For most people, their lone trial strategy is hoping the officer who cited you fails to appear. If he or she does, then they plead guilty, pay the hundreds of dollars in fines or go to traffic court. Any way you look at that scenario, you lose.
If you want to try the case on your own, do you know how to cross-examine a police officer or object to evidence? Do you know how to introduce evidence? If not, the police officer will object to most of your questions and none of your evidence will be allowed. All you are left to do is offer your version of what occurred to a bored and irritated judge who will summarily uphold the ticket and impose a fine on you or allow you to attend traffic school so long as you are eligible. If not, then you get a point on your record and watch your monthly auto insurance premium rise. Before that point goes off your record, you will have paid several thousand dollars more in insurance increases.
Contest Your Ticket with Us
Whether you may have violated the vehicle code or not, you can still contest your ticket and if you retain one of our traffic ticket experts, we can get the ticket dismissed or prevail at trial in many cases. But if you try to do it yourself, chances are you will end paying the fine and getting a point on your driving record.
With a traffic ticket expert from Ticket Snipers, you have a traffic ticket experts who only handles traffic violations. We know the laws, the evidence and the loopholes that can get your ticket dismissed. If the police officer missed something, made a mistake on the ticket or his or her testimony contains inconsistencies, our experts will pounce on it.
Why Hire a Traffic Ticket Expert?
Look at what you get with a traffic ticket expert:
- No spending hours in court waiting for your case to be heard
- No missing a half day of work
- A great chance to get your ticket dismissed
- Legal fees half of what your fine would be with a refund available
- No points on your record
- No increase in insurance premiums
- No risk of losing your license if you have multiple violations on your record
It doesn’t take much for you to lose your license. In California, if you get 4 points on your record in a 12-month period or 6 points in 24-months, then the DMV can suspend your license. Most minor moving violations are one point, but its easy to pile them up quickly. Imagine what your life would be like without being able to drive?
Our Success Rate is High
We handle thousands of traffic ticket cases and deal with the Court’s every week, fighting for our clients. Because we have seen almost every possible scenario and know what defenses to look for, our record of success is among the highest you will ever see. It’s also why our clients return to us and refer their friends and families.
What is even better is that if we cannot get your ticket dismissed, we will refund your service fee. How many traffic ticket lawyers can say that?
We have perfected the system for handling traffic ticket violations and can handle many cases at one time, which translates into lower legal fees for you. Our experts are licenses, fully bonded and accredited throughout the state of California. If you were cited for violating CVC 21754 or for any other traffic violation give us a call.