How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Dwayne B. Your Own Question
Dwayne B.
Dwayne B., Attorney
Category: Legal
Satisfied Customers: 33918
Experience:  Began practicing law in 1992
Type Your Legal Question Here...
Dwayne B. is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

I have a Pennsylvania drivers license. I got a ticket in California

This answer was rated:

I have a Pennsylvania drivers license. I got a ticket in California while on vacation last summer for going thru a redlight (one of those camera deals). Didnt even know I did it until I received the citation telling me to pay $480. Which is frick'in outragous btw. I never paid the ticket. Yesterday I received a notice regarding the violation and they now say I owe $780 - $300 penalty added. This is absolutely absurd! What are my options at this point?

If I never pay it and am never get pulled over in CA again will I be ok?
Hello and thank you for contacting Just Answer. I am an expert here and I look forward to assisting you today. If at any point any of my answers aren’t clear please don’t hesitate to ask for clarification.

They can still issue a warrant for you and if you get pulled over in CA they can/will take you to jail. I've never seen them put tickets onto the national warrant database.

There is an interstate compact where the states agree to honor driver's licenses suspensions and fines. PA is a "partial" subscriber to the compact and I have heard of cases where they do honor the other state's fines and cases where they have refused. There doesn't appear to be much rhyme or reason to when they do and do not honor them but the last one I am familiar with was a CA ticket issued for speeding and PA never suspended the license or asked that the fine be paid. However, be aware that the situation can change based on a lot of factors.

If you want to read more about the compact you can do so at

I usually don't send people to wikipedia for info because it's not always accurate but in this instance it is.

Please ask any follow up questions in this thread. When all of your questions have been answered, then I would ask that you give a Positive Rating (of course I'd suggest Excellent) since that is the only way I get credit for my work and also please consider clicking "BONUS" as a nice way of saying "thanks" for a job well done, although this is neither required nor expected. When looking at the answer I ask you to bear in mind I can’t control what the law is and whether it helps you, I can only tell you what it says, and I assume you want truthful information. Also, issuing a positive rating keeps the question from “timing out” so you can return in the future if you think of a follow up.

However, please do not issue a rating of any kind until all of your questions have been answered and please use the Reply button to ask additional questions or to provide answers to my questions.
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

So it sounds like I should pay it?? Maybe call and get some one on the phone and see if they would drop the penalty portion?? Try a little negotiation maybe??

You may want to call and negotiate it, you may want to talk to a traffic ticket lawyer there where you got the tickets. Sometimes their fee is less than what you will save if they can negotiate it down.

I wouldn't just not pay it because it can cause a lot of problems in the future if PA suddenly agrees to enforce CA tickets, if you are in CA and get pulled over you can go to jail and have to spend a lot bonding out, etc.
Dwayne B. and 3 other Legal Specialists are ready to help you