Unpaid red light camera tickets in Los Angeles do face consequences, according to the LA Superior Court Website. California Legal Company, TicketKick®, encourages drivers with a red-light camera ticket: "Don't just pay off your ticket, but fight it!"
San Diego, CA (PRWEB) August 25, 2011
In the midst of recent heat about red light camera tickets
in Los Angeles, California's legal company, TicketKick®, has recently received dozens of phone calls from people confused as to whether they should do something about their red-light camera ticket or if they can simply ignore it. Recent articles
and news pieces have made claims that paying red-light camera fines in LA are "voluntary" and that "if you don't pay it, nothing happens."
The representatives at TicketKick see the reality of the situation, having been contacted by several people who ignored their red-light camera ticket in LA, and faced financial consequences from collection agencies. TicketKick predicts that they will be hearing from many other people in the same situation in the upcoming months who were mislead by the media, and believed they could simply ignore their red light tickets
with no penalties. They hope to warn people before it's too late.
"The media has taken what is going on in LA out of context," says TicketKick's president, Greg Muender. "They're telling the public that they can ignore their red-light camera tickets and that nothing will happen to them. Sure, the judges in LA aren't knocking on your door and demanding that you pay up, but they do send unpaid tickets to collections. Unpaid tickets are subject to civil assessment (late) fees which normally are about $300 a pop, on top of the $500 ticket fine. Then you would be dealing with an unpaid ticket in the court's record, and if you were ever to get pulled over again, you'd be in big trouble. One insurance company told us that they automatically raise rates up to 20% if they see an unpaid ticket on your record. Whether or not these consequences actually happen to you in Los Angeles or if you slide through the cracks of enforcement, it's certainly not worth the risk, and you certainly wouldn't want it to haunt you later down the road. We say, don't just pay it, but fight it. We have excellent success with red-light camera tickets
in Los Angeles, and all over California."
When someone logs onto the LA Superior Court's website at lasuperiorcourt.org, a notice appears on the homepage that warns: "The City of Los Angeles has decided to end its red light camera program on July 31, 2011. The City's action does not stop the processing of outstanding red-light citations. It does not eliminate penalties associated with red-light citations. It does not constitute grounds for a refund of any money paid on such a citation. Anyone issued a red-light citation must resolve it within the specified time limits or face certain penalties as prescribed by law."
According to the LA Times, the LA Police Commission voted unanimously to end the red-light camera program in July, putting the city in the center of a widespread debate over the purpose of the program and the effectiveness of the cameras in preventing accidents. Skeptics of red-light cameras argue that the cities' priority in operating the systems is based on revenue generation, not on preventing accidents, and Los Angeles is one city that actually lost money since so many tickets were going unpaid, therefore, they cancelled the program.
What many people don't realize is that the city of Los Angeles, not the county of Los Angeles, has ended their red-light camera systems, and that surrounding cities are still utilizing the cameras and issuing tickets. For example, Beverly Hills has considered expanding their red-light cameras
to more intersections, and other surrounding cities in LA County are still profiting from regularly issuing thousands of tickets.
TicketKick's team writes defenses from every aspect of the law including technicalities of the camera systems. One of their arguments, based on published case precedence out of People vs. Khaled, points out that the red-light camera photos must be admitted into evidence by a qualified officer specifically trained in red-light cameras. Often times, the city will chose a random officer to respond with testimony, and TicketKick argues that a random officer who simply views the photos and video and submits a statement to the judge is not the right person to be testifying on the legality and technicality of the cameras, and therefore the case should be dismissed. About 70% of TicketKick's cases are dismissed.
TicketKick is a registered Legal Document Assistant in California, providing self help services to beat traffic tickets
, with a similar service model to companies such as LegalZoom and E*Trade. TicketKick works with attorneys in California in developing their defenses, which utilize many different arguments and tactics. TicketKick's goal is to help people get their traffic tickets dismissed, and although not every customer will win their case, TicketKick offers a refund and a free consultation for guilty verdicts. TicketKick representatives can be reached at (800) 580-1902, at ticketkick.com, or at questions(at)ticketkick(dot)com.
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