Hi. I have a past due Traffic Ticket for a moving violation for an illegal right turn on a No Turn on Red Sign. It is the only moving violation I have had in the past 15 years. The infraction was in March. I didn't have a job at the time and I couldn't pay the fee. I just received a notice in the mail about my license being suspended on July 21. The original fine was $495. It is now $795. Is there any chance I can still pay the orginal fine amount? Go to traffic school? Thanks. I live in San Diego
Hello, I am a San Diego traffic lawyer, let me see if I can help you here. Until June 30, 2012, certain unpaid traffic tickets are eligible for a 50 percent discount under a one-time amnesty program. To qualify for amnesty all the following conditions must be met:Your outstanding traffic debt was due to be paid in full before January 1, 2009;The last date you made a payment was on or before January 1, 2009;You either failed to appear in court or failed to pay in full;You do not owe restitution to a victim on any case within the county where the violation was filed; ANDYou have no outstanding misdemeanor or felony warrants within the county where the violation was filed.To see if your particular case qualifies for the amnesty, you would have to contact the Superior Court in the county where the violation occurred: http://www.courts.ca.gov/find-my-court.htm
Hi. Because my infraction was commited in March 2012. I do not qualify under the amnesty provision. Is that correct. Do I have any chance of getting my fine reduced to the original amount and/or go to traffic school. I didn't have a job then but do now and can pay the fine. I rather not have this violation on my driving record. Thanks
No, you do not qualify for the amnesty and it is too late to request traffic school. Traffic school should have been requested from the judge at the hearing right after you were found guilty. The only way I see to reduce your fine at this point is when the ticket gets sold to junk debt buyers/collection agencies you can negotiate to settle for less than the full value with them. This, however, is not advisable because, if you wait longer, there will be more charges and your license will get suspended. Sorry, wish I had better news for you, but at least you know where you stand.I think it's vest to pay it off and move on with your life.
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