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The True Cost of a Speeding Ticket

Although it varies from state to state, California is one of the most expensive states when it comes to speeding tickets. The average speeding ticket fine imposed by the court is anywhere from $200-$400, depending on the speed cited by the officer. Many times an officer will issue an additional violation on the same ticket, such as a 'no proof of insurance or registration' or 'following too closely' or 'crossing double yellow lines', which could raise this amount to well over $1000, and possibly more than 1 point. When you get a speeding ticket in California, generally you get a courtesy notice in the mail with the exact 'fine' or 'bail amount' listed. California law requires you to post this bail amount by your due date, regardless of whether you want to contest your ticket (you get this amount back if you fight it and it gets dismissed). So when you get a ticket, you better be prepared to have that full bail amount by your due date, regardless of what you intend to do with it. We say: fight it. Every ticket is worth fighting, even if you know you were speeding, there are loopholes in the law, and remember, you are innocent until proven guilty. It's our goal to help drivers get their case dismissed, that way they get their full bail amount back from the court, they don't have to attend traffic school, they don't get a point on their driving record which means no insurance increases, and no time wasted going into court. Our fee is a flat fee of $199 with a money back guarantee to fight a speeding ticket (much cheaper than the cost associated with pleading guilty to a speeding ticket). You can avoid speeding fines! On that note, if a driver chooses to plead guilty to their speeding ticket and attend traffic school to keep the point off their record, they would be looking at paying the full ticket fine (again, $200-$400), paying the court's traffic school fee (generally another $60), and then paying the traffic school (www.gototrafficschool.com offers an online course for around $20). On average, this cost usually amounts to about $350, over and done with, no point on your record to increase insurance rates, but LOTS of hours dealing with all of this. What if traffic school is not an option? California has very strict restrictions on who is eligible for traffic school. Only non-commercial drivers who have not previously attended traffic school within the last 18 months may attend traffic school, up to the discretion of the judge. Not all judges approve traffic school, even if the driver is eligible on paper. That being said, if traffic school is not an option and they choose to plead guilty, they would be looking at paying the full ticket fine (again, $200-400), and having 1 point placed on their driving record. Conservatively, it is estimated that you can expect to pay several hundred dollars more per year, for 3 years if you have a point on your record. If you receive a ticket for speeding over 100 MPH, you can expect to receive 2 points on your record for three years. Either way, that's thousands of dollars in insurance increases over three years. Most people would rather pay our low fee of $199 to have their speeding ticket dismissed, rather than paying the court fines, traffic school fees or insurance increases. We consider ourselves the experts when it comes to fighting speeding tickets. We handle about 500 tickets per month and we offer a money back guarantee, and maintain about a 70% dismissal rate. If their case is not dismissed, they're back at square 1 and have risked nothing in trying to get it dismissed. We do not endorse speeding, and we encourage everyone to obey laws and drive safely, but inevitable, everyone get speeding tickets, and everyone should be prepared to know what their best option is.
Posted in Speeding Tickets
Sep 07th, 2011

10 Things You Should Never Say to an Officer

We all get pulled over for speeding from time to time. We found a hilarious list of 10 things you should never say:
  1. I can't reach my license unless you hold my beer. (OK in Texas)
  2. Sorry, Officer, I didn't realize my radar detector wasn't plugged in.
  3. Aren't you the guy from the Village People?
  4. You're not gonna check the trunk, are you?
  5. Yes, I know my driving is not 100%, but you have to agree that it is still pretty good for someone who is completely drunk.
  6. Can you come back in 5 minutes? I'm in the middle of a telephone conversation.
  7. A hundred dollar fine? Well, I think George Washington can change your mind.
  8. Whoops, that's the fake one... here ya go, this is the one.
  9. Yes, I saw your lights on, but I thought you going to get a doughnut.
  10. That uniform makes your ass look really big.
Courtesy of ExpressLane
Posted in Speeding Tickets
Sep 02nd, 2011

SB 29 on Red Light Cameras Makes Its Way Through the Senate

It's getting closer and closer. California Senate Bill 29 undergoes a cut-and-dice before it makes its way through the senate. Introduced back in December by Sen. Joe Simitian of Palo Alto and Huff (Coauthor Sen. Anderson), SB 29 would apparently aim to protect the rights of drivers in California who are cited by a red light camera. A most notable recent amendment to the bill nixed the requirement for an issuing agency to include a disclaimer on a "snitch ticket" which states that the registered owner of the vehicle is not required to give up any information on who the driver was, and that failing to do so would not result in any penalties or consequences. This inevitable means that a lot of people who get "snitch tickets" will still be tricked into turning themselves into the government when they didn't have to. Hmm, guess our government is still okay with tricking people. You can read more about snitch tickets here. [caption id="attachment_95878" align="aligncenter" width="455" caption="The best part of SB29, taken out. "]red light camera snitch ticket SB 29[/caption] According to the Bill, it would also require cities who use red light camera systems to establish policies and procedures to ensure that tickets are properly and appropriately issued, and that motorists can effectively challenge incorrectly administered tickets, and would include the requirement of identifying the system by signs posted within 200 feet of an intersection where a system is operating. SB 29 is currently being held pending in the Senate.
Posted in Red Light
Sep 01st, 2011

Celebrity Mishaps Behind The Wheel

America tends to put celebrities on a pedestal, praising and scrutinizing their every decision. However, a number of gossip magazines revel in pointing out that movie stars and the like also have to do mundane, everyday tasks like running to the corner store for a quart of milk or taking out the trash (They're just like us!). In addition to these chores, celebrities are like us in another way: They can get into trouble when behind the wheel. Kyle Busch Kyle Busch - the driver of the no. 18 car for Joe Gibbs Racing - makes a living out of going fast. However, just because he brings in millions for driving more than 200 mph in a circle, it doesn't give the 26-year-old free reign to do whatever he pleases when he's behind the wheel. Busch, who has 23 wins in NASCAR's premier Sprint Cup Series, found out the hard way that he is no exception to the rule when he was cited for speeding and reckless driving in May in North Carolina. The driver allegedly was driving in a 45 mph zone at 128 mph, a speed more appropriate for Bristol Motor Speedway than a public road. Adding to the humor is that as a result of pleading guilty to the speeding charge and no contest to the reckless driving one, Busch had his license suspended for 45 days, reports ESPN. However, don't cry for him as Busch will still be able to compete in NASCAR events, as licenses are surprisingly not mandatory for drivers. DMX NASCAR racers and rappers don't have a lot in common on the surface but DMX and Busch appear like they might. The artist, who's real name is Earl Simmons, was recently arrested in Mesa, Arizona, for speeding. DMX was allegedly going 102 mph in a 60 mph zone. However, ToneDeaf reports that DMX disagrees with the allegations, claiming he was traveling closer to 85 mph at the time of the incident. Justin Bieber The teen music sensation was recently in the news for a minor fender bender in Los Angeles. According to NewsCore, a Honda Civic hit Bieber's black Ferrari in the San Fernando valley. While the pop star's sweet ride may be dinged, fortunately no one was hurt in the accident. "No one was injured and there was no damage to either vehicle," the Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement.
Posted in News, Speeding Tickets
Sep 01st, 2011

Florida Citizens Push Back Against Red Light Tickets & Cameras

A Florida lawyer is helping citizen fight red light tickets that are issued by cameras because he says they are unconstitutional. Daytona Beach attorney Aaron Delgado told the Daytona Beach News Journal that he has gotten a number of requests from people to help fight the red light tickets, which can cost up to $300 each. "I [helped them fight the tickets] for free because I thought the cameras were unconstitutional and I wanted to challenge the system," he told the news provider. Red light cameras have become a major issue in the Sunshine State in recent weeks as communities across Florida installed the cameras to catch alleged traffic violators. However, some, like Delgado, have been pushing back against the cameras, contending that they do not work correctly and they raise a number of constitutional concerns. Delgado says that he has gotten at least a dozen tickets rescinded, typically by calling the cameras' accuracy into question. Still opponents of the cameras likely have an uphill battle as a Broward County Judge Steven P. DeLuca recently ruled that the cameras were constitutional.
Aug 30th, 2011

Bloomberg Supports Red Light Camera Use In NYC

In a recent press conference, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg stated that he would like to see red light cameras used on every corner of the city. According to New York Channel 1, the ones already being used in the city brought in $50 million in revenue last year, improving from $35 million in 2009. Many people support the idea saying that it will be beneficial to the safety of the city's pedestrians. "The motorist in me, not a fan. The pedestrian in me, it definitely helps me out," said a New York City driver, to the news source. Meanwhile, many other cities across the country have been taking efforts to get rid of red light cameras because of all the controversy that seems to come with them. Los Angeles has recently announced that it will be shutting down use of all of its red light cameras after the city's police comission unanimously voted to get rid of them, according to ABC News. The city claimed to issue tickets for $500 but only had approximately a $150 return per ticket issued, according to the news source.
Aug 27th, 2011

TicketKick on the News!!

Thank you to San Diego Channel 6 The CW, and Jim Patton for producing and airing an amazing segment on our growing company. Jim interviews TicketKick Founder & President Greg Muender and how his company helps customers in contesting traffic tickets. The segment focuses specifically on California red light camera tickets, although we can assist drivers in contesting nearly all types of traffic violations. Original Air Date was August 22nd, 2011. Video courtesy of San Diego Channel 6 The CW.
Posted in News
Aug 26th, 2011

TicketKick® Says New Traffic School Restrictions Give Drivers Even More Reason To Fight Ticket

A new law in California puts new restrictions on drivers who receive a traffic ticket and wish to attend traffic school to keep their driving record clean. California legal company, TicketKick® helps drivers keep their driving record clean by assisting in contesting traffic tickets for a Flat Fee and a money back guarantee. Drivers who's tickets are dismissed do not receive a point on their record which eliminates the need to attend traffic school.

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) July 28, 2011 Existing law in California previously allowed the court to allow anyone with a traffic violation to attend traffic school to clear their driving record, up to the discretion of the judge. Beginning July 1, 2011, a new law went into affect which severely limits the judge's ability to grant traffic school to many drivers. TicketKick®, California's leading resource for traffic ticket defense finds that many people in California in the past have chosen to plead guilty, pay their ticket and attend traffic school to keep their records clean, that is until they realized that they could hire a low cost legal service like TicketKick® to help them fight their ticket. California AB 2499, now in effect, places several restrictions on drivers who wish to attend traffic school, giving even more reason for drivers to contest their traffic ticket. Up until recently, when drivers with a traffic ticket attended a court approved online or classroom traffic school, the conviction was dismissed from their driving record and did not appear as a 'point' against them. Under this new law, attending traffic school for the purpose of maintaining a clean driving record will "result in a designation of the driver's conviction as confidential, rather than having the complaint dismissed" according to an AB 2499 bill analysis. This means that the driver's ticket could still be seen by insurance companies or the DMV, viewable as a private violation. This law will also prohibit drivers who receive more than one violation within an 18 month period to attend traffic school more than once within that period. In the past, many people would get away with attending traffic school for more than one ticket within 18 months because either the judge would allow it, or there would simply be a miscommunication between the courthouses. This new law will put a stop to this, as the courthouses will more communicative about the eligibility of a driver to attend traffic school. It requires the DMV to develop an online database accessible by all courts and by the traffic schools to allow oversight of student enrollments and completions, therefore keeping track of when a driver last attended traffic school. Furthermore, level two (12 hour) traffic school previously provided an opportunity for a driver to attend traffic school more than once during an 18 month period, when granted by the judge. This new law also puts an end to this option. Regardless of the county or courthouse, no driver will be allowed to attend traffic school more than once within 18 months for the purpose of keeping a point off of their driving record. The number of tickets issued in California each year is estimated by several sources to be in the multi-millions. According to the AB 2499 Analysis, "the TVS (traffic violator school) option assists the operation of the courts by significantly reducing the sheer volume of potential court cases." "Simply put, the courts don't want to deal with millions of trials," says Greg Muender, President and Founder of TicketKick®. "A lot of people don't realize that they have the option to contest their ticket through the mail through a trial by written declaration, because the courts don't generally volunteer that option to people. But it is a very convenient legal procedure in California and we take advantage of it to the benefit of the drivers. Fighting a ticket through a trial by written declaration is an excellent place to start considering most cases are dismissed with our defenses, but even if it's not, you can still resort to your option of requesting traffic school thereafter." If a driver chooses to attend traffic school, they must pay their full ticket fine, pay the court's traffic school fee, and then pay the traffic school. The fee that the court imposes on a driver to attend traffic school may be increased to cover the fees incurred by a court assistance program (CAP) for monitoring and traffic administration services provided to the court. A representative of IVES Auto Insurance said that a driver's rates could be increased as much as 20% if they have two tickets within three years on their record, or for having a suspension due to any unpaid tickets. Mr. Muender of TicketKick® drives the point home: "Many people receive more than one traffic ticket within 18 months, it's very common, especially with California's ticketing increases. Our point is: Why use up your traffic school option when you can fight it first? Every ticket has potential to be dismissed, and our defense experts aggressively write defenses for most violations based on every aspect of the law. If you are found guilty, then you can resort to traffic school." TicketKick® is a registered Legal Document Assistant in California, providing self help services in traffic ticket defense, 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 http://www.ticketkick.com, or at questions(at)ticketkick(dot)com. ###
Aug 25th, 2011

Los Angeles Superior Court and Other Cities Warn of Consequences for Ignoring Red-Light Camera Tickets

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. # # #
Aug 25th, 2011

LA & Houston Pull Down Red Light Cameras

At TicketKick.com, we prepare defenses for thousands of recipients of red light camera tickets annually. We've reviewed dozens of contracts from ATS (American Traffic Solutions), and most contracts seem to be very similar in scope and content. The ironic part is that reactivating the cameras in Houston will not bring in money, it will just prevent the city from having to pay ATS millions in early-termination fees. The analogy is quite simple. Similar to a cell-phone contract, sometimes it makes more sense to pay a few bucks a month and keep the line for the duration of the contract rather than to pay the exorbitant early-cancellation fees. In our experience, the vast majority of the cities actually lose money on their red light camera initiatives, when all costs are factored in. In smaller cities with just one or two camera systems, this may mean a net loss of just a few thousand per month. But for a large city, such as Los Angeles, with 30 + camera systems, the loss could be in the millions. Coincidently, L.A. just removed their cameras on August 1st, after their contract with ATS expired. Most sources cite the $1.8 million dollar deficit caused by the operation of the system as the primary motivating factor in removing the program. Contrary to Houston's situation, L.A.'s contract with ATS had expired, thereby eliminating any fee to "get out." Most likely, Houston loses a bit of money on the program every year. And although it seems to strange to reactivate a losing venture, Mayor Parker sees that Houston's budgetary concerns are lessened by losing a bit of money every month, rather than forking over millions of dollars upfront. So despite the public outcry for what seems to be blatant ignorance of the voter's expressed decisions, it makes financial sense for the Mayor to push her luck and flip the switch back on.
Posted in Red Light
Aug 25th, 2011