Speeding Ticket Lawyer in Los Angeles County, California

Speeding Tickets in California

It is estimated that one of every three traffic tickets in California is for a speeding violation. Though getting a speeding ticket is common throughout the country, California is the second most likely state in which you may be pulled over for this offense. This is not surprising since California, a large state with a population of over 40 million people, has almost 31 million registered vehicles on its roads. Since speeding tickets are not only expensive in and of themselves, but may cause your insurance rates to climb and even result in a suspension of your license, they should never be ignored. If you are one of the unfortunate drivers pulled over by law enforcement for traveling over the speed limit in Southern California, you may be able to fight the ticket. Your best option is to get in touch with CheapTrafficAttorneys.com where we will advocate vigorously for you as we represent you in court.

What Makes CheapTrafficAttorneys.com Your Best Choice

CheapTrafficAttorneys.com has a well-earned reputation for success in traffic court. Our firm has successfully represented over 10,000 clients, saving them many millions in fines and increased insurance costs over the years. When you engage our services, you can rest assured that CheapTrafficAttorneys.com will review your case information carefully before trial.

Penalties for Speeding Tickets in California

Even though your offense may seem relatively minor now, no one knows what the future holds. Many people find to their dismay that unpredictable events result in legal complications down the road, making them regret their hasty decision to just “pay the bill.”

For example, the most severe penalty in California for a speeding violation is a driver’s license suspension plus an expensive fine and 2 points on the driver’s license. Most speeding tickets do not rise to that level.

However, under 13200 CVC a California traffic judge has the legal ability to suspend a person’s driver’s license for up to 30 days (1st offense), 60 days (2nd offense) and 6 months (3rd or more offenses) for speed related offenses. Many Driver’s who appear without Attorneys in Traffic Court on Speeding tickets have their driver’s license suspended by the Judge. CheapTrafficAttorneys.com is very skilled at avoiding this severe consequence of a speeding ticket. There are several reasons for having our team help you to fight a speeding ticket, even if it is the first one you have ever received.

Points on Your License

While most speeding tickets result in one point being put on your license, if you committed a greater speeding offense, the points may be higher. If, for example, you were traveling at over 100 MPH or taking part in a drag race, you may get two points on your license.
Also, it is important to remember that most traffic ticket points will remain on your driving record for three years.

Money from Your Pocket

The cost of speeding tickets in California may, at first, seem deceptively low, with the base fine being $35 for going up to 15 mph over the speed limit. In reality, however, additional fees and traffic school may bring your total up to $360 — more than 10 times as much as the original charge. Also, don’t forget that you will be paying, on average, about 15 percent more annually on increased insurance premiums for the next three years. Many drivers stopped for speeding are traveling at more than 15 miles over the speed limit and/or committing another infraction at the same time. According to an analysis by NerdWallet, California drivers pay an average of about $710 for their speeding tickets — over 20 times the fee for the original ticket!

When Every Ticket Is Especially Important

Everyone who gets a speeding ticket in California would be wise to seek guidance and representation from CheapTrafficAttorneys.com. For some drivers, however, such legal assistance is essential. In the latter group are:

  • Those who already have points on their license
  • Those who can’t afford to miss work days or use up sick days or vacation days
  • Those whose insurance rates are already too high
  • Those who are commercial drivers (e.g. truck drivers, bus drivers, and taxi drivers) whose employment depends on maintaining a clean driving record.

Most Common California Speed Laws:

Of all these Speeding violations, the most common are:

  • Speed over 65 mph Max Speed allowed
  • Basic (Unsafe Speed) or Prima Facie Speed Law

What is a Speed Trap Defense in California?

The Speed Trap is a defense to a ticket alleging a violation of 22350 CVC Unsafe Speed for prevailing conditions (“Basic or Prima Facie Speed Law”). The requirements are laid out in Vehicle section 40802(a) CVC.

The Speed Trap Defense in California works as follows for any alleged speeding violation for 22350 CVC with a vehicle speed listed on the ticket not over 65 mph.

  1. If the Officer used an electronic measuring device (radar/lidar) to measure speed, then;
  2. The Officer must have California POST approved required training in device used, and;
  3. The electronic measuring device was calibrated less than 3 years before the violation date and officer has proof of calibration, and;
  4. Roadway has a valid certified Traffic & Engineering Survey supporting the speed limit.

If you can show 2, 3, or 4 above are not met, then the Speed Trap Defense under 40802(a) CVC requires that that Judge MUST dismiss your speed violation.

Speed Trap Defense Does Not Apply To:

  • Roadway/highway considered a “local street or road” as explained in 40802(a) CVC;
  • Alleged violation was in a “School Zone” as explained in 40802(a); “while children are going to or leaving the school” and for schools not separated by a fence from the roadway “while the grounds are in use by children.”
  • A Speeding ticket where the officer did not use an electronic measuring device, such as radar, lidar or laser – as indicated on the ticket.

What is the Best Defense to a 22350 CVC not involving the Speed Trap Law:

22350 CVC Unsafe Speed – California Basic or Prima Facie Speed Law

No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic on, and the surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property.

As you can see from the Basic speed Law in California, the Officer must be prepared to testify to as to why the speed was not reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic on, and the surface and width of, the highway. Many Traffic Ticket trials are won simply by listening to what the Officer has to say, then asking the Judge to dismiss the violation because the Officer failed to establish the requirements of 22350 CVC.

As you can see, there are a number of grounds to fight against the fairness of the speeding ticket you have received. If you come to CheapTrafficAttorneys.com we will work with dedication and skill to bring your case to the best outcome possible. Please get in touch with us by phone or by filling out one of the convenient contact forms on our website.