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Thank you for your analysis and response. They have pics of my face, my license plate and my vehicle before the limit line with a red light. Regardless of my recollection of how yellow the light was when I entered the intersection making a left turn, must I pay or is there really some loophole that allows me to fight and win (i.e., avoid the $490 fine/bail)? I submitted my question and paid on the belief that there was some loophole but your response leads me to believe that I have to pay the bail regardless. I'm not interested in paying an attorney to win on the basis of principal and still shell out the money; I just don't want to pay $500.
I have no control over the answers of other contributors in this forum. I took the liberty of reviewing the other answers published by this website on the internet, and except for a previous post by myself, which is substantially similar to my post here, and one other answer, I must respectfully XXXXX XXXXX all of the other posted answers. That said, there is no "loophole." What there is, is the Evidence Code, and the ability of a competent attorney to defeat the chain of custody in the photographic evidence. This is not easy to do, especially as the Evidence Code Sections 1550-1553 were recently added to make it easier to convict persons cited for photo-enforcement violations. These laws are a "sea of storms." If you hire a lawyer, you may win, only because the judge will view you as having been punished by paying for the lawyer. There are a number of traffic lawyers who advertise online that they can win these cases. I would interview one or two and ask exactly how they would defend. If they start into a hand waving exercise, then run away -- pay the fine and elect traffic school -- because that at least avoids having your auto insurance rates increased.Hope this helps.