Stop Sign Ticket Attorney in Orange County, CA

Stop Sign Tickets in California: 22450a CVC

Drivers throughout the country are frequently ticketed for Stop Sign offenses and Southern California is no exception. While some of these tickets are deserved, many are not. The majority of drivers simply plead guilty and pay the fine regardless of the circumstances, not realizing they have the legal option to fight the police officer’s claim that they committed an offense. This can be a serious mistake because the penalties they incur may be higher than expected, including a fine, points on the license and increased insurance premiums.

If you have received a ticket for failing to stop at a stop sign in Southern California, particularly in Orange, South Los Angeles, San Bernardino and San Diego Counties, do yourself a favor and contact Our in-depth knowledge of prosecution tactics gives our team the cutting-edge advantage of knowing exactly what the prosecution is likely to be up to and to leverage our knowledge to win your case. Has Represented Over 10,000 Clients in Traffic Court

Experience counts. Clients who already have multiple points on their driver’s licenses are facing exorbitant insurance premiums and possible license suspension. Drivers of trucks or other commercial vehicles may find that their latest ticket jeopardizes their employment. Clients like these are especially appreciative when we are able to get their cases dismissed. We look forward to making you one of the thousands of clients we’ve successfully represented for whom we’ve saved many millions in saved fines and insurance costs.

One of the most helpful services we offer is to represent our clients in court, saving them valuable time. When you come to us, we take over all the work your case involves, preventing you from having to miss work time or use sick days or vacation days in order to make court appearances.

The Rules of the Road Regarding Stop Signs

Stop sign law is very specific in the California Traffic Code as seen below:

(a) The driver of any vehicle approaching a stop sign at the entrance to, or within, an intersection shall stop at a limit line, if marked, otherwise before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection.
If there is no limit line or crosswalk, the driver shall stop at the entrance to the intersecting roadway.

If you have been ticketed for going through a stop sign, it is important to understand the regulations regarding this type of offenses. According to California law, drivers must:

  • Come to a complete stop at the limit line before proceeding
  • Stop when leaving private property whether or not there is a stop sign present
  • Yield to any vehicle or bicycle that arrives at the intersection before they do
  • At intersections without STOP or YIELD signs, give traffic and pedestrians on the through road the right-of-way
  • Yield to the driver on their right if both have arrived at an intersection at the same time
  • Stop so your bumper is not over the limit line
  • No matter where the stop sign is placed, never stop in the crosswalk

One “rule” that is often quoted (even by police!) is that you must stop for a full three seconds, but this is not correct. As long as you have come to a complete stop, not a “rolling stop,” the time limit does not matter. A legal stop is cessation of vehicle movement, which means the wheels stopped turning. As a point of fact, many people are unfairly ticketed on the basis of this mistaken understanding of the law and we can fight a ticket on these grounds.

Possible Stop Sign Penalties: Points, Fines, Increased Insurance Costs

Though a Stop Sign ticket may seem so common as to be inconsequential, Stop Sign infractions are considered “moving violations” and therefore add one point to your license if you plead guilty.

Because points will lead to increased insurance premiums and a possible license suspension, it is crucial that you have an experienced traffic attorney to fight any moving violation ticket. Remember, a point on your license may result in increased insurance costs for 3 years, so don’t take foolish chances. If you have been ticketed for a stop sign offense, call our office immediately or submit your information online.

In addition to the previously mentioned penalties, there are, of course, fines to be paid if you are found guilty of a stop sign violation. The cost of stop sign tickets in California, at present time, is $238, plus a court fee of $30.

Let the Keep Your Driving Record Clean

The experience at counts. It has a number of successful defense strategies. The unique circumstances of your case will determine which we decide to use. Because stop sign tickets are given based on the subjective judgment of the police officer, and because our system of justice assumes that you are innocent until proven guilty, we have the advantage in fighting your ticket. It is no easy task for the officer to prove that you committed the offense without tangible evidence. Nonetheless, the judge is likely predisposed to accept the word of a law enforcement official over yours.

As your legal counsel, we have a great deal more leverage than you would if you were answering the charges on your own. We can:

  • Challenge the officer’s visual perspective on your actions from his location
  • Point out weather conditions, the angle of the sun, or some obstacle between you and the officer that may have interfered with his or her view of your actions
  • Produce a passenger or other witness you provide who will verify your version of the facts
  • Produce photographs you provide showing that the stop sign was damaged, obscured, or missing.

As you may notice, many of these defenses are based on “mistakes of fact.” This means that we will not just be arguing your point of view, but presenting factual evidence you provide us to create reasonable doubt that the officer is mistaken.

At trial, there is always the inherent risk that the Judge will find a person guilty. Therefore, perhaps most importantly, in some Courts (not all) may be able to get the charge changed to a 0 point violation to avoid the Driver’s License and insurance consequences of a Stop Sign violation conviction.

Using tactics that we know have had positive results in the past, will be your ally in obtaining justice in traffic court. We will save you time and money and help to keep your driving record clean. Why not relieve yourself of the stress of dealing with a stop sign ticket? Give us a call or fill out one of the contact forms on our website and let us handle everything.