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Hi! Welcome to The Law Offices of Shaffer Cormell! We are here to help you! But more importantly, we want you to Be Safe and Stay Safe! Please Observe and follow Traffic Safety Laws.

Penalties for traffic Tickets

The California Vehicle Code contains laws imposing duties on drivers regarding the use and operation of a vehicle. The Code also establishes the penalties that may be imposed on drivers found guilty of traffic violations.

Violations can also be classified as infractions, misdemeanors, as well as felonies based on their severity. The penalties imposed for traffic violations include fines ranging from $50 to $1,000, imprisonment, and points on the driver’s license.

For less severe violations, such as driving over the posted speed limit, failing to obey traffic control devices, and failing to yield to pedestrians, a driver will be assessed one point. For violations that are deemed more severe, such as reckless driving or driving with a suspended license, two points will be assessed.

It becomes especially important to consult a traffic ticket attorney if you are facing a two-point violation. One-point violations typically remain on a driver’s record for three years, while points for more significant offenses can stay on a driver’s record for 10 years.

If a driver receives too many points within a specific time frame, this can result in the driver being deemed a negligent operator, which can lead to the suspension of his or her license. Points on a driver’s license can also increase insurance premiums as well.

Points on Your Driving Record

California DMV point system assigns a value to each traffic ticket or accident. Traffic tickets can carry 1-2 points, and accidents can carry 1 point. These points are added to your driving record, and if you exceed a certain number of points, you may lose your driving privileges.

Here are some basic point values:

1 Point: Speeding, Running a Red Light, Unsafe Lane Change, At-Fault Accident, etc.

2 Points: Reckless Driving, DUI, Driving with a Suspended License, Hit and Run, etc.

You can be considered a “negligent driver” and your driver’s license can be suspended or revoked for accumulating the following point values on your driving record:

A. – 4 or more points in a 12-month period
B. – 6 or more in 24 months
C. – 8 or more in 36 months

If you plead guilty, or you are found guilty by the court, your traffic violation will be recorded with the DMV. While one measly point might not seem like a big deal, even just one violation on your DMV driving record gives your auto insurance carrier the ability to raise your premiums.

Some drivers, especially first-time violators, are granted permission from the court to take traffic school to hide the ticket from their public driving record.

By keeping the violation from going on your public record, you’ll prevent that dreaded insurance increase. Remember, being a safe and responsible driver is the best way to keep your record clean and possibly earn yourself an insurance discount. However, if you do get a ticket, you can mask it from your record by taking a traffic school class.

Traffic Tickets & Court Procedures

While sometimes it can be beneficial for the defendant in a criminal case to plead guilty, when it comes to traffic tickets, it is usually better to plead not guilty. A plea of not guilty may allow the driver to avoid points and fines. 

A driver can enter a not guilty plea on the date of their arraignment and request a trial date, advise the court of the not guilty plea in writing, request arraignment and trial on the same day, or request a trial by written declaration. A traffic ticket attorney can explain these options in more detail.

A driver may only request a trial by written declaration if the ticket is for a traffic violation, the ticket does not require a court appearance, and the due date has not passed.

If a driver proceeds to a hearing, he or she will be able to present evidence suggesting that they were erroneously cited. If you have received a traffic ticket, it could result in significant penalties that may adversely affect your liberties if the ticket is not appropriately handled.

Thus, you should speak with an experienced defense attorney as soon as possible to discuss how you should proceed.

Work With A Knowledgeable Traffic Attorney

Traffic tickets are more than just a nuisance, they can also impair your driving rights and certainly cause financial losses. The Law Offices of Shaffer  Cormell are experienced in helping drivers in California. Try to avoid the fines and points associated with traffic tickets. We will help and provide you with a thorough defense and we will do our best to get favorable results.

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For more than 30 years, the Law Offices of Shaffer Cormell have worked in the California Justice system to provide The Best Criminal, DUI & Traffic Ticket Defense available for our clients.

Defending our client’s rights and providing effective legal representation is paramount to us, whether it is a simple traffic ticket infraction, misdemeanor, or felony prosecution. 

Our criminal defense attorneys diligently work to provide the most effective DUI/DWI, driver’s license suspension, drug, assault, battery, theft, domestic violence, public intoxication, hit and run, burglary, and robbery representation in court. 

In conclusion, our team specializes in providing the best criminal defense available for our clients.