Traffic Ticket Basics- this blog was written by TicketKick.com, Your Go-To Resource for Beating Traffic Tickets.
What happens when the police stop you? The police officer will ask for your driver's license, your car's registration, your proof of insurance, and may ask you to step outside of your vehicle. If your traffic stop results in ticket, it will most likely be a ticket for an infraction (speeding, stop sign, cell phone use, etc). When you get a traffic ticket, you must act before the due date on your "Notice to Appear" (the paper handed to you by the officer that you signed) runs out. If you do not take action in time, your license can be suspended and the court can charge you with a misdemeanor and issue a warrant for your arrest. When you get an infraction traffic ticket, you can:
- Plead guilty and pay the traffic fine. When the court receives your fee, your case will be closed and the downside is it will show up as a conviction on your DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) record. You will get points on your driving record and your car insurance may ask you to pay more for insurance. Points can stay on your record for 3 to 7 years.
- Plead guilty and pay to go to traffic school (as long as you are eligible to go to traffic school). The court can tell you what you need to do to be able to go to traffic school. If the court lets you go to traffic school, your ticket will not be dismissed but it will be considered a “confidential conviction” which should prevent your insurance company from increasing your rates.
- Provide proof of correction if you got a traffic ticket for a "Correctable Violation," which is something you can fix, like broken equipment or not carrying your car insurance information with you. The court will dismiss a correctable violation after you show proof of correction and pay a small fee.
- Ask for a trial if you believe you are not guilty. You can ask for: A court trial by a judicial officer or a trial by mail (also called a "trial by written declaration").
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This blog was written to provide information related to traffic tickets in California, is based on opinion only, is not legal advice, and is for informational purposes only.