San Diego Speeding Ticket Lawyer
Explained by a San Diego Criminal Defense Lawyer
Fines and Penalties
VC 22348(b): Speeding in excess of 100 mph ($880-$900)
VC 22349(a/b): Unsafe speed, 1 to 15 mph over the limit ($214-$237)
VC 22349(a/b): Unsafe speed, 16 to 25 mph over the limit ($360-$400)
VC 22349(a/b): Unsafe speed, 26+ mph over the limit ($480-$550)
VC 22350: Unsafe speed, 1 to 15 mph over the limit ($234-$300)
VC 22350: Unsafe speed, 16 to 25 mph over the limit ($360-$400)
VC 22350: Unsafe speed, 26+ mph over the limit ($480-$550)
As you can see, it's seems like it is not cost effective to hire an attorney for a simple speeding ticket. However, if you do not have a perfect driving record a speeding ticket can have costly implications for insurance, and potentially a loss of license under the California DMV's "negligent operator" regulations. A moving violation without an accident is a point on your license, and if you accumulate 4 points in 12 months or 6 points in 24 months you could have your license suspended.
There are several advantages to hiring an attorney to take care of your speeding ticket,
you do not have to ever go to court,
you save money in the long run,
prevent point accumulation,
prevent insurance hikes, and
do not have to waste your time going to driving school!
How to Fight and Win a Traffic Ticket
Tickets are winnable. For time considerations (and because there are so many tickets), you do not get a full jury trial for a simple infraction, rather a judge will decide if the allegations are true or false.
Defenses to Speeding
Radar Gun Error
A radar gun is a machine that measures speed over distance, and as all measuring devices do, requires constant callibration to ensure accuracy. These devices are often not calibrated frequently enough and even if they are properly calibrated, they are prone to interference from power-lines, wifi, and other electromagnetic disturbances, even nearby traffic. A laser gun is a far more accurate machine, so accurate in fact that error is rarely a successful defense.
The police officer who issued you the ticket has to have an independent recollection of the events. A trained and experienced California criminal defense attorney knows the questions to ask to establish the officer does not have an independent recollection of your traffic stop. Over-time officers lose notes, forget court dates or have superseeding assignments. If the officer does not show up (which happens with some regularity), then your case is thrown out.
Not Too Fast for Conditions
A specific type of speeding ticket. Car technology has improved dramatically over the years to the point where "too fast for conditions," is a subjective determination. Again, the officer must have an independent recollection of the event and the conditions. This defense is highly dependent on the make, model and safety features of the car that you drive.
Speak to a Lawyer for a Free Consultation
Criminal defense cases are extremely fact specific and for that reason it is not possible to list every possible defense. Nearly every San Diego criminal defense lawyer that I know offers a free consultation. Take advantage of that fact by calling and scheduling a consultation today with an award-winning San Diego criminal defense lawyer today.