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Received a ticket in California?

In 2015, California's court system ended the requirement of paying a fine prior to challenging a ticket; however, since the fine is technically bail, judges will still be able to charge bail if they have reason to believe the person won't show up for trial. 

Approximately 1 out of 50 people contest their tickets. Those who do contest are often so unprepared that they have a difficult time presenting a good defense. Remember, If the officer that citied you do not appear on the court date set forth in your ticket, then your case will be dismissed. If you really want to have a winning chance, you should be well-prepared. There are many options to help reduce the burden of paying to have your case dismissed. Speeding tickets in California average $300 to $500 dollars. The penalty for not paying the ticket could mean fines upwards of $500. It may be worth it to fight the ticket. For those who don’t fear the immediate financial consequences, you may have to pay higher insurance premiums for the next three to five years. Failure of payment may also lead to a suspended license.

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