In the past, motorists who received traffic tickets in counties across
California were required to pay up before challenging them in court. With
the adoption of a new rule requiring counties to change their policies,
California drivers now have the ability to fight their traffic tickets
without paying upfront.
Here’s some important information about the new court rule:
On Monday June, 8th, the California Judicial Council voted unanimously
to allow motorists to fight traffic tickets without paying them first.
The rule takes effect immediately.
- Prior to the rule change, drivers in many counties across the state had
to pay fines and fees before they could contest their ticket in court.
With various charges added on in recent years, this meant many motorists
had to pay nearly $500 for simple infractions like speeding or running
a red light before they got the chance to defend themselves in court.
- According to backers of the new rule - including the ACLU - the “pay
first, fight later” system was simply unfair, especially for lower
income individuals. Many fees associated with the tickets - such as fees
for court construction and a DNA identification fund - also had nothing
to do with the alleged infraction.
- Although the rule change has earned widespread support throughout California,
some judges and opponents are concerned that it could lead to more people
seeking trials for traffic tickets and increased pressure on overburdened courts.
While the new change relieves financial burdens from drivers accused of
violating traffic laws, it doesn’t make it any easier for individuals
to defend themselves against the allegations. As such, it becomes important
to work with experienced lawyers who can help you avoid fines and fees,
points on your license, and other consequences associated with traffic
At the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc., our attorneys have helped
many individuals after they received
traffic tickets. We also maintain an active
DMV hearing practice helping clients who need to defend their driving privileges.
If you have questions about fighting a traffic ticket in Orange County,
contact our firm for a FREE consultation.