According to statistics from the California Department of Justice, traffic offenses made up about 17.4% of all misdemeanor arrests statewide in 2019. Traffic violations include driving without a valid driver's license, reckless driving, hit-and-run accidents, evading a police officer, speeding, running a red light, and driving under the influence. Committing any of these traffic violations may result in ticket fines, demerit points, fines, and other penalties.
Getting a traffic ticket could mean potential consequences to your driving record. At Underwood Law Firm, we have the experience and resources to guide and represent clients in their traffic violation cases. Our skilled California traffic violations attorneys can review and investigate every last detail of your case and outline an effective strategy to help fight your California traffic ticket. Whether you're facing charges for a moving or non-moving traffic violation, infraction, or misdemeanor traffic ticket, our team will fight vigorously to protect your rights and help keep your driving record as clean as possible. We proudly represent clients throughout Bakersfield, California, and the surrounding areas of Lamont and Kern County.
In the state of California, an officer may pull you over and issue a traffic ticket for violating a traffic law. A traffic violation can be described as an infraction or offense committed by breaking traffic rules. Some of the most common offenses that constitute a traffic violation in California include:
Parking in loading or unloading zones
Driving with a suspended license
Not wearing a seatbelt
Driving while using a cellphone
Driving without a license
Fleeing from an officer
Hit-and-run accidents causing injury or death
Traffic violations or offenses in California are classified into:
In California, a driver may get a parking ticket for parking a motor vehicle in a restricted area or in an unauthorized manner. The parking ticket will show the amount that must be paid to the parking agency where the violation occurred.
Infraction driving violations are minor traffic offenses, such as speeding, running a red light, disobeying traffic signs, failure to stop at a stop sign, unsafe lane changes, and at-fault accidents. Traffic infractions don't usually require a trial and are typically punished with fines and demerit points on your driving record.
Misdemeanor traffic violations are serious driving offenses, such as excessive speeding, driving without a license, driving while under the influence, reckless driving, hit-and-run, and driving with a suspended or revoked license. Misdemeanor traffic offenses are punished severely and may attract fines of up to six months in county jail, fines of up to $1,000, or both.
The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) point system assigns a value to each traffic offense or violation. In addition to fines and other penalties, a traffic violation will carry penalties of 1 or 2 license points per offense. Here are some basic point values:
Running a red light
Running a stop sign
Failure to yield the right of way to pedestrians
Unsafe lane change
Violating child safety restraint requirements
Failure to stop for a school bus
Causing an accident
Driving at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour
Evading law enforcement
Hit and run accidents resulting in damage or injury
Your driver's license can be suspended or revoked by the California DMV for accumulating the following point values on your driving record:
4 or more points within 12 months
6 or more points within 24 months
8 or more points within 36 months
Having more points on your driving record will result in additional fines and penalties, as well as higher auto insurance rates. For this reason, you need to hire an experienced attorney to help fight the traffic violation and preserve your driving privileges.
Your lawyer can help fight your traffic violation by:
Disputing the evidence against you
Disputing the officer's version of what occurred
Challenging the judgment call of the police officer
Establishing that your actions were justified
Showing that it was a mistake of fact
Fighting your traffic tickets, fines, or other traffic violations without experienced guidance could easily expose you to the risks of suffering the maximum penalties. If convicted, you may lose your driving privileges, get increased insurance rates, possible jail time, massive fines, and other life-long ramifications. Therefore, when facing traffic violations, retaining an aggressive traffic violations attorney is crucial to protect your legal rights and build the best defense for your case.
At Underwood Law Firm, we're dedicated to offering comprehensive legal guidance and reliable representation to clients facing traffic violation charges. As your legal counsel, we will review all of the facts of your unique situation, conduct a thorough investigation, and explore your options. Our team will represent you diligently in traffic court and strive to refute the accusations against you. If you live in Bakersfield, Lamont, or throughout Kern County, California, schedule a consultation with us today.