Speeding Ticket in California

Getting a speeding ticket in California can be very expensive. Not only are the fines and court fees high but also the likelihood of your insurance rates going up.

Speeding means you are charged with CVC §22350: No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic on, and the surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property.

According to Nerdwallet, “with fees and surcharges, speeding ticket-related costs jump to $234 in California. But the biggest hit to your bank account is yet to come: The average California driver will pay $158.53 each year in extra insurance costs for three years after a speeding ticket.” This means your car insurance premium will go up by 15% on average.

There are a couple of scenarios that could play out:

  1. You can either try to get the ticket dismissed by showing up in court and fighting your case
  2. You can plead guilty and try to persuade the judge to be more lenient on you
  3. Go to court and hope the citing officer does not show up. This will dismiss your charges completely
  4. Or by pleading guilty and going to traffic school to get your ticket masked on your driving record

Can you go to traffic school for a speeding ticket in CA?

Depending on your eligibility, you can go to traffic school for a speeding ticket in California. For speeding tickets, this depends on the speed you were cited on the ticket. Going less than 25mph over the posted speed limit is considered a one point infraction, which is an eligible offense. If you go 26mph or over the posted speed limit then that is a two-point infraction.

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How long does a speeding ticket stay on your driving record?

Most one point infractions (such as a minor or one point speeding ticket) will remain on your driving record for 36 months or 3 years. Serious offenses such as DUIs will stay for 10 years.

The Speed Trap Defense

Radar speeding tickets can be beaten with a speed trap defense. If the officer selected the radar box and inputted the radar unit number in the box, then you received a radar ticket.

Read Help! I Got A Ticket’s Step-by-Step Guide to beating a Radar Speeding ticket.

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