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Child with no seatbelt ticket. my child was in a seat belt

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child with no seatbelt ticket. my child was in a seat belt but was seated on someones lap. they were belted together. Im going to trial on the ticket. Whats my best defense to win the case
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Criminal Law
Expert:  LawTalk replied 1 year ago.

Good afternoon,

I'm Doug, and I'm very sorry to hear of your situation. My goal is to provide you with excellent service today.

You asked: Whats my best defense to win the case

I hope that I don't need to tell you just how dangerous it is to seat belt a child or infant into the lap of another passenger. Children are much more easily seriously injured and even killed in a collision when seat-belted in this manner.

Unfortunately, you don't have a defense to the charge. CA seal belt law requires that each occupant have their own seat and their own seat-belt. Tandem seat belting is not allowed and is still in violation of the law.

If you can pay the fine without appearing in court, then just pay it and be done with it. If you have a mandatory appearance, then just plead guilty and explain to the judge that you won't ever do that again, and that you have learned that tandem belting is very dangerous and you were not aware of that before you were stopped.

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I wish you and yours the best in 2016,


Customer: replied 1 year ago.
there isn't a lesser charge?
Expert:  LawTalk replied 1 year ago.


No, there is no lesser charge to a seat belt citation.

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I wish you well,


Expert:  LawTalk replied 1 year ago.

Good afternoon,

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Thanks in advance,