Traffic tickets will no trigger a license suspension if unpaid, according to a new California law. Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation Tuesday ending the practice of suspending the driver’s licenses of motorists with unpaid traffic fines. Suspensions have not helped collection efforts in the state, and Governor Brown said they can actually send low-income people into a cycle of job losses and more poverty.
Bail in traffic cases has long been a bone of contention between defense attorneys and superior courts. Here’s how it works.
A motorist gets a speeding ticket and wants to fight it. She goes down to the courthouse to request a trial, and the clerk tells her she must pay $370 “bail” in order to secure a trial date. This practice is flatly unconstitutional, but has been imposed by almost … Read More
Much has been written (and here and here) about the amnesty bill kicking around the California Legislature that would reduce the amount California motorist have to pay to reinstate their driver’s licenses following an unpaid traffic ticket. Apparently the amnesty provisions have been incorporated into the budget bill that Governor Brown is expected to sign in the coming days. If passed, it will go into effect October 1, 2015.… Read More
Kevin C Desouza posted an interesting piece on Salon yesterday, positing a surprising financial consequence to cities and counties when driverless cars go mainstream. Desouza, an associate dean for research and professor at Arizona State University’s College of Public Service & Community Solutions, suggests a staggering decrease in revenue from traffic tickets, parking tickets, DUIs and gasoline taxes as the increased use of autonomous vehicles reduces these traditional sources of … Read More
Demanding bail for traffic trials happens all across California.
Let’s say you get a ticket for running a stop sign, but you know you didn’t to it. You go to court and ask the clerk or judge for a trial so you can put the officer to their proof. In most California courts, you will be asked to post “bail” before they will give you your day in court.
Though … Read More
In what might be a case of first impression in California, a San Diego woman was ticketed Tuesday for driving while wearing Google Glass, supposedly a violation of VC 27602. The section prohibits TVs and monitors from being turned on and facing a driver. She posted her ticket on Google+.… Read More