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Welcome to TicketTalk-Your Source for Traffic Ticket Information, Current News Related To Traffic Ticket Infractions, and What You Should Know About When You Receive A Traffic Ticket.

At TicketTalk we will discuss various Traffic Ticket topics providing you relevant information about what to do when you receive a traffic ticket and how to fight and contest a Traffic Ticket. We will also update you on changes you should be aware of related to driving safely and keep from getting Traffic Ticket . Topics will include how a Trial by Written Declaration works and how it is filed. We will also be providing relevant California Traffic Ticket information about Red Light Photo/Camera Tickets, Speeding Tickets, Lane Change Tickets and other traffic infractions. Keep in mind that TicketBust.com can help you contest that speeding ticket, red light ticket, red light camera ticket or other traffic infraction in the state of California.

Ticketbust.com's Traffic Ticket Talk #56 - Do You Need A Lawyer

Hi this is Alexis with Ticketbust.com and this is Ticket Talk.

If you get a traffic ticket the big question is, do you need a lawyer and what type of trial are you entitled to?

It's important to first identify whether you have been cited for a traffic infraction or a misdemeanor so that you know your rights under the law and what potential penalties you might face if convicted. A traffic infraction is a less serious offense like a speeding ticket, and although you should hire an attorney if you need legal advice, the vast majority of traffic infractions do not require an attorney to be successfully contested.

You need to know for a traffic infraction you are allowed a traffic trial, either in person before a judge with your accuser (the officer) present or a trial in writing (Trial by Written Declaration) and that if you are found guilty after a Trial by Written Declaration you are allowed a new trial (Trial De Novo) in person before a judge with your accuser (the officer) present.

The penalties for a traffic infraction include fines but not jail time. A Misdemeanor on the other hand is a more serious offense like driving a semi truck at 15 mph or more above the legal limit, and penalties are more severe. Since you could potentially face jail time you are allowed a trial by jury and to choose to have a court appointed public defender help you.

You can look to the middle area on your traffic ticket and following the violation code there should be an 'I' or an 'M' circled. This tells you if you were cited for an infraction or misdemeanor.

Ticketbust.com's Traffic Ticket Talk #55 - Traffic Tickets. Don't Get Mad. Get Them Dismissed

Hi this is Steve with Ticketbust.com and this is Ticket Talk.

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This is a Must Have book for anyone who has a traffic ticket, has ever had a traffic ticket, or may have a traffic ticket in the future. Ok that means everyone should have this book, right.

We wrote this book to provide the public with all the information we have learned over the years about successfully fighting and contesting traffic tickets. We know that receiving a traffic ticket is a stressful experience. At TicketBust.com we really do care about helping you through this process. That's the purpose of our book.

You can get a free digital copy of our book if you use our service to contest your traffic ticket. You can also purchase a printed copy of our book from our web site at www.ticketbust.com or from Amazon.com.

Ticketbust.com's Traffic Ticket Talk #54 - Parking Tickets

Today we're going to talk Parking Tickets. Most parking violations are not filed with the courts. For those tickets they are not considered moving violations and once paid would not have any effect on your driving record or cause your auto insurance to increase.

Parking tickets that go unpaid however can result in: additional penalties and late fines, loss of your right to contest the ticket, notification to the DMV to withhold your vehicle registration renewal until all penalties and late fines are paid, and/or notification to the California Franchise Tax Board to withhold all penalties and late fines from your state income tax refund or lottery winnings.

For many it's not so much the cost of the parking ticket (although fees can range anywhere from $50 ? over $200) but the principal and for those that want to fight their ticket they can do so in a 3 step process.

The California Vehicle Code provides a parking ticket can be fought by: # 1. Initial Review (heard by the issuing agency), #2. Administrative Hearing (heard by a qualified examiner contracted or appointed by the issuing agency), #3. Trial De Novo (heard in Superior Court by a judicial officer). Additionally parking ticket fines can potentially be waived during the time you are contesting it upon proof of inability to pay.

Ticketbust.com's Traffic Ticket Talk #53 - CHP Cracking Down on Distracted Drivers

Hi this is Steve with Ticketbust.com and this is Ticket Talk.

The CHP is cracking down on distracted drivers. To date the CHP has issued over 500,000 cell phone tickets.

Not only is the CHP looking to ticket drivers on their cell phones but also drivers who are distracted putting on makeup or reading magazines.

There is actually a separate vehicle code that covers ?Reckless Driving? which could be interpreted to include acts that make up distracted driving.

Per California Vehicle Code Section 23103: ? A person who drives a vehicle upon a highway in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property is guilty of reckless driving.? Potentially this could be much more serious than getting a cell phone ticket which results in no jail time and only about $150 fine, a ticket for Reckless Driving can result in jail time and/or a fine of up to $1,000.

Ticketbust.com's Traffic Ticket Talk #52 - Tickets With Out Of State Licenses

Hi this is Alexis with Ticketbust.com and this is Ticket Talk.

We recently had a viewer contact us wanting to know if and how a traffic ticket issued in CA could affect his out of state license.

Well, there is something called a "Driver License Compact" which most states (including California) are participants of.

Based on the agreement, the participating States report and exchange information with each other on traffic violations committed by persons who have been convicted in their state with an out of state driver's license.

The States that are NOT part of the compact may still unfortunately get tipped off when you commit a traffic violation because even though they are not obligated to do any reporting themselves, there's nothing to stop one of the other "Driver License Compact" States from reporting to them.

Ticketbust.com's Traffic Ticket Talk #51 - Effects of Traffic Accidents on your Driver's License

Hi this is Steve with Ticketbust.com and this is Ticket Talk.

What effect can a traffic accident have on your driver's license?

California law states that you are required to report a traffic accident to the DMV within 10 days whether you are at fault or not under the following circumstances:

  1. If a minor or major injury occurs as a result of the accident, including a death
  2. Anytime there is property damage resulting in more than $750 of damage

Usually if there is any type of injury the accident will get reported. However, in reality, how many of us actually do report minor accidents when just includes property damage? Many times the parties try to negotiate with each other to resolve the accident without reporting it to the DMV or their insurance.

However, failing to report an accident to the DMV can result in a suspended licenses and the DMV can also report the accident to our auto insurance. If you did not have insurance, your license can be suspended for a period of one year.

A traffic accident can also cause a point to be added to your driving record and too many points can lead to your license being suspended.

Ticketbust.com's Traffic Ticket Talk #50 - Disobeying Red Light On Foot

Did you know that you can a Ticket for disobeying a Red Light on foot?

That's right if you are facing a red light and step off a curb and walk out into the roadway an officer can stop you and give you a ticket just for that. Section 21453 of the Vehicle Code covers red light violations and there is actually a specific section just for pedestrians who walk out into the road against a red light.

Now, the good news is that the California Department of Motor Vehicles does not assign points to any violation occurring as a pedestrian. Bad news? you still have to pay a pretty hefty fine. You would be looking at upwards of $115.00 for the cost of the ticket so for many it's worth the extra effort to fight a ticket like this, and judges may be more lenient on you since you were mot driving a car when you did it.

Ticketbust.com's Traffic Ticket Talk #49 - Bicycle Traffic Tickets

Hi this is Steve with Ticketbust.com and this is Ticket Talk.

Can you get a traffic ticket on a bicycle and if you are found guilty will it result in a point on your driving record?

So I have some good news and some bad news. First the bad news, yes you can get a traffic ticket on a bicycle for things like going through a red light or a stop sign. Now the good news, there will be NO points added to your driving record for this violation. You may receive a hefty fine with this type of ticket, but the DMV makes it very clear that violation points are only assigned when it involves the safe operation of a "motor" vehicle and any violation occurring as a bicyclist has NO points assigned.

Unfortunately many police officers are unaware of this law so prior to signing your traffic ticket you need to make sure that there is some indication that you were on a bicycle or the DMV may assign a point to this violation.

Ticketbust.com's Traffic Ticket Talk #48 - Traffic Ticket Points

Today let's talk points.

The Department of Motor Vehicles will assess points to your driving record depending on the type of violation committed. What most people don't know is the number of points each violation carries and the length of time points stay on your record.

Violations such as driving by yourself in the carpool lane, driving without your seatbelt, driving without your driver's license in possession, and a first cell phone ticket are generally considered "zero" point violations as are violations committed while on foot or on a bicycle. While making an illegal pass, failing to yield to the right of way, exceeding the maximum speed of 55, 65, or 70 miles- per -hour are generally considered to be "one" point violations. The more serious offenses such as speeding over 100 miles- per -hour, driving on the wrong side of the road, and driving while on a suspended or revoked license are generally given two points.

The number of points on a driving record can affect not only insurance rates but also your driving privilege could be suspended or revoked if you accumulate 4 or more points in a 12 month span, 6 in 24 months, or 8 in 36 months. In addition, violations committed in a commercial vehicle carry 1 times the point count that would normally be assessed.

When weighing your options for handling a ticket it's also important to keep in mind that most one count violations will remain on a driving record for 3 years and the more serious 2 point violations generally do not fall off until 7 years after the date of the violation.

Ticketbust.com's Traffic Ticket Talk #47 - Traffic School or Fight A Traffic Ticket - Part II

Last time we spoke about your options to take traffic school or contest your traffic ticket? But what should you do if you received two traffic tickets?

Let's face it, one ticket sucks but if you receive two tickets you're really in a bind. As you can only go to traffic school once every 18 months to "mask" the traffic ticket, you obviously can go to traffic school on both tickets. Should you just choose traffic school for one of those tickets and either pay or contest the other ticket? Absolutely not!!!

If you just plead guilty on one of the tickets and accept traffic school on the other you just limited your options and you may have been able to get one of those ticket dismissed.

Here's what we suggest; complete and file a Trial by Written Declaration on BOTH traffic tickets. If they are both dismissed, great! If one of them is dismissed, also great as you can then elect to take traffic school on the other ticket. If neither of the tickets are dismissed, that's also ok because you are now right back where you started and you can then request a court date and negotiate with the judge to either dismiss or lower one of the tickets and take traffic school on the other ticket.

Ticketbust.com's Traffic Ticket Talk #46 - Don't Just Pay A Traffic Ticket

Hi this is Alexis with Ticketbust.com and this is Ticket Talk.

Here at Ticketbust we don't want you paying for a ticket when you don't have to! This is what today's topic is all about.

We have spoken with countless people who have gotten in the mail a notice from a police department or out of state camera company that is meant to fish for information, like your driver's license number, and to get you to tell on yourself (or someone else) for a red light violation. If you don't fill out the back of this notice and send it back to the agency requesting the information from you then they won't have enough to pin the violation on you and a get a real ticket issued to you through the court. Once you give up this information, the information can be used to get a real ticket filed with the courthouse.

A red flag should go up if you don't see a due date, a fine amount, and if you don't see a court house listed on the notice. If you are suspicious, check the notice for the city and county where the violation allegedly occurred (this will be on the front side of the notice listed along with information like the location and violation code). You can then go to the Superior Court website for that county and do an online search for the alleged ticket and fine information. You may be able to search by your driver's license, last name, or violation number. You could also try calling the court you think the ticket would have been issued in and inquire with a traffic clerk as to whether there is a ticket issued to you in their system, most likely there will not be.

If you're not sure of how to handle a red light photo ticket notice you received, before you do anything, it's a good idea to consult with a professional who is well seasoned with dealing with red light camera tickets.

Ticketbust.com's Traffic Ticket Talk #45 - Should I take traffic school or contest traffic ticket?

Hi this is Steve with Ticketbust.com and this is Ticket Talk.

Should I take traffic school or should I contest my traffic ticket? Most people usually opt for the easiest choice, traffic school. But is this the best choice?

As many people know, in California you can only take traffic school once every 18 months. Since this is the case, wouldn't it make more sense to see if there was another option to get your traffic ticket dismissed other than traffic school? Yes! The best option is to contest your traffic ticket using a California Trial by Written Declaration. This is a way to contest your traffic ticket without going to court.

If your traffic ticket is dismissed, great no points go on your driving record and it's as if you never received the traffic ticket. This option also does not "mask" your traffic ticket with traffic school, insurance companies still see this ticket, but instead actually states that you are not guilty and insurance companies are not informed about this traffic ticket. You also preserve your right to traffic school in case you need to use it in the future. And if your traffic ticket is not dismissed then you can still request traffic school from the court if you are eligible. A Trial by Written Declaration should be your first option when receiving a traffic ticket.

So what's your best option if you receive 2 traffic tickets within a short period of time? We will discuss this next time on Ticket Talk.

Ticketbust.com's Traffic Ticket Talk #44 - What Not To Include In A Trial By Declaration

Hi this is Alexis with Ticketbust.com and this is Ticket Talk.

Last time we discussed that the average time a judge spends reviewing a Trial by Declaration is only about 5 - 10 minutes and we talked about some of the things to include in a Trial by Declaration.

Just as important as knowing WHAT to include in a Trial by Declaration statement is knowing what NOT to include, and today we'll go over this.

A Trial by Declaration statement:

  • Should not contain lengthy discussion of irrelevant facts
  • Should not bad mouth the officer
  • Should not contain un-professional language
  • Should not contain information about past violations or violations unrelated to the ticket you are currently fighting
  • Should not be handwritten because you want it to be easily read


Ticketbust.com's Traffic Ticket Talk #43 - New Laws Part II

Hi this is Steve with Ticketbust.com and this is Ticket Talk.

Last time we spoke about a few new traffic laws that went into effect as of July 2011. This week we will continue on with a few more of those new traffic laws.

  1. Previously people were able to escape a second violation by taking traffic school. Effective July 1, motorists can only attend Traffic School once every 18 months and mask that traffic conviction. Previously when tickets were marked dismissed it was the same as a "not guilty" verdict so it appeared like you had no violations. Now frequent offenders are prevented from doing this and repeatedly attending Traffic School
  2. Drivers of Hybrid vehicles that had stickers that allowed them to be driven in carpool lanes, expired on 7/1/11. Electric and natural gas powered vehicles displaying white stickers may continue to drive in the HOV lanes until 1/1/2015

The DMV has new services. You can now actually get a return call from the DMV. When you call, if the hold time is too long you can simply leave your phone number and the DMV will call you back. Your call will stay in their queue and you will receive a return call. The DMV now also has self-service terminals for vehicle registrations and has added Droid & iPhone applications to facilitate their services.

Ticketbust.com's Traffic Ticket Talk #42 - TBD What To Include

In the past we've talked to you about Trial by Written Declarations which is one of the best ways to get your ticket dismissed. Did you know that the average time a judge spends reviewing a Trial by Declaration is only about 5 - 10 minutes. This is why any statement you make on your Trial by Declaration should be done in an organized, easy to read, and easily understood manner.

Today I want to go over some of the things you should include in a Trial by Declaration:

  • You should briefly describe what exactly you are being cited for
  • Describe the surrounding conditions such as weather, traffic, and road conditions
  • Describe where the officer was located and if there was anything in between you two that could have prevented the officer from seeing what exactly you were doing
  • You can include any facts you feel are important, just try and keep from straying and stick to those facts that are relevant
  • If there was an emergency situation causing you to do what you did, it is possible the court could see this as a valid excuse
  • If there are any valid defenses that you can find that apply to you then include those as well

Next time we'll go over what NOT to include in a Trial by Written Declaration. Sometimes knowing what NOT to include is just as important as knowing WHAT to include.

Ticketbust.com's Traffic Ticket Talk #41 - New Laws

It's that time again when new traffic laws go into effect. Usually on the 1st of July and the 1st of January any new laws that have been past take effect. So here are a few of the new laws that have just gone into effect as of July 1, 2011.

1. Since 2008 using a mobile phone while driving has been prohibited. However, there was an exception for drivers operating commercial vehicles and equipment. They were allowed to use "push-to-talk" features on their phone. Now effective July 1, 2011 this is also prohibited.

2. Previously cities and counties were allowed to pass ordinances covering violations that were identical to state law, such as obeying a posted traffic sign. By doing this local governments were able to boost their revenue because they would keep a larger amount of the traffic fine. Beginning July 1, 2011, local governments are now prohibited from creating identical violations to state law.

Ticketbust.com's Traffic Ticket Talk #40 - Correctable Violations

Today I want to go over correctable violations, because we are contacted by many potential clients that come to us about these.

Correctable violations do not result in points being added to your record. Speeding, Red Light, Stop Sign, Cell Phone, Unsafe Lane Change Tickets are generally NEVER correctable. Tickets for not having proof of insurance, or your front license plate mounted, etc., generally ARE.

Here's how to tell if your violation is correctable. Check your ticket in the same area you will find the violation code (generally right in the center of the ticket). There are boxes on the left side and if the 'Yes' box is checked then this violation is correctable.

If you were cited for not having proof of insurance but you DID have current insurance at the time then your violation should also be eligible for correction (even if the 'Yes' box isn't checked)upon showing your current insurance to the court.

For all correctable violations you will need to send to the court your Proof of Correction (proof violation was fixed or that you are no longer in violation) along with the fee the court charges. You will have to call the court to find out what the exact fee is, or check the courtesy notice sent to you by the court, but it is usually a nominal fee around $25.00.

If you are not sure what Proof of Correction is, here are some examples:

  • Turn over the ticket the officer handed to you, there is a section marked "Certificate of Correction". Have this signed off by any law enforcement officer
  • Car repair receipt
  • Registration documents
  • Insurance documents
  • Copy of Driver's License

Ticketbust.com's Traffic Ticket Talk #39 - LA City Turns Off Red Light Cameras

Ok so here we go; another city has announced plans to stop using those red light cameras to enforce red light violators. But this time it's not just any old small city voting to stop using those cameras, this time it's the City of Los Angeles.

Currently the City of Los Angeles is scheduled to stop using those cameras by the end of July. By ending this program it would prevent the issuing of any future red light photo ticket. However, this does NOT mean that if you currently have red light photo ticket that you can now just ignore it. All red light photo tickets issued prior the date the City of Los Angeles stops using these cameras are still valid tickets and they must not be ignored.

Even though the City of Los Angeles unanimously voted to end the program, 2 councilmen said that they would like to keep the program alive on a month-to-month basis for the next year.

This fight is not over yet. Stay tuned as anything can happen while the city looks for any way possible to raise money.

Ticketbust.com's Traffic Ticket Talk #38 - Is Window Tint Allowed?

Hi this is Alexis with Ticketbust.com and this is Ticket Talk.

We've recently been contacted by a viewer who wants to know when window tint is or isn't allowed. Here at Ticketbust, we have many, many people come to us with window tint tickets. Sure it looks cool but it can be costly if have it put on your car too dark or in the wrong place.

These tickets can be costly because you not only have to pay for the actual removal of the tint itself, have to pay a correctable violation fee to the court, and have to waste your time driving to the police department to obtain a certificate of correction.

What most people don't know if that in California you are actually not allowed to have any tint on the front windows. You can have tint the windows behind the driver and the back windows as long as you have side mirrors. In rare cases you are allowed to have front window tint but you will need a doctor's not saying you have a medical condition requiring you to be shield from the sun and it has to be removed during darkness, o that would really limit you to using pull down shades in the front windows.

In future wepisodes of Ticket Talk we'll continue to provide you with helpful tips and other relevant information related to traffic tickets issued in California. Remember that ticketbust.com can help you contest that speeding ticket, red-light camera ticket or other traffic infraction in the state of California. Go to our web site at www.ticketbust.com or call us at 800-850-8038.

Until next time, this is Alexis with ticketbust.com and this is ticket talk telling you to drive safely and if you do get a traffic ticket, ticketbust.com is on your side.

Ticketbust.com's Traffic Ticket Talk #37 - What Is An FTA?

Hi this is Steve with Ticketbust.com and this is Ticket Talk.

What is an FTA? An FTA is a Failure to Appear. This can happen if you have a court date or arraignment date scheduled and you do not show up in court. It's very important that you do not ignore any court notice or court date or you will be in jeopardy of receiving an FTA.

When you are pulled over for a traffic ticket you are required to sign the ticket. Signing the ticket does NOT mean that you are admitting guilt. By signing the traffic ticket you are only promising to appear in court by a certain date. This is stated on the back of the ticket.

What can happen when you receive an FTA? Well first of all whatever fine you had for that traffic ticket will surely be increased, and it can increase to over 3 times the amount of the original fine. Many times the court also refers the collection of the fine to a collection agency and you will start receiving many nasty letters and phone calls until this debt is satisfied.

If you failed to appear in court, the court will issue an FTA warrant. Now if you get pulled over for any reason, whether you are guilty or not, the officer can immediately arrest you and take you to jail.

FTA's are extremely difficult to clear from your record. They are also considered misdemeanors and can appear on background checks. FTA's can also affect your ability to get a loan and your ability to afford insurance.

Our advice to you is never ignore any court date or court notice.

In future webisodes of Ticket Talk we'll continue to provide you with helpful tips and other relevant information related to traffic tickets issued in California. Remember that ticketbust.com can help you contest that speeding ticket, red-light camera ticket or other traffic infraction in the state of California. Go to our web site at www.ticketbust.com or call us at 800-850-8038.

Until next time, this is Steve with ticketbust.com and this is ticket talk telling you to drive safely and if you do get a traffic ticket, ticketbust.com is on your side.

Ticketbust.com's Traffic Ticket Talk #36 - What To Check For On A Red Light Camera Ticket

Hi this is Alexis with Ticketbust.com and this is Ticket Talk.

We're going to keep on discussing those red light cameras tickets you receive in the mail because these can be tricky to deal with. Last time we talked about how you should check to see if there are warnings signs posted at the intersection where you got the ticket. This time we're going to talk about what you should check for on the actual ticket.

A red light camera system at any given camera enforced intersection is supposed to be activated and enforcement is supposed to begin, when the traffic light turns red. These systems are not supposed to take a photograph during the time the traffic light is yellow or green. So, if a driver is facing a red light and enters the intersection the camera will activate and take a picture.

The "late time" or "red time" is the length of time the traffic signal was red before the vehicle entered the intersection. There are usually two red times. Once being how long the light was red before the vehicle entered the intersection, and the other being the length of time that elapsed between the time the first picture was taken (when the vehicle first entered the intersection) and the time the second picture was taken where the vehicle was actually traveling through the intersection. You definitely want check the red time on your ticket because courts tend to more lenient on drivers with very short late times (for example one tenth of a second or two tenths of a second).

In future wepisodes of Ticket Talk we'll continue to provide you with helpful tips and other relevant information related to traffic tickets issued in California. Remember that ticketbust.com can help you contest that speeding ticket, red-light camera ticket or other traffic infraction in the state of California. Go to our web site at www.ticketbust.com or call us at 800-850-8038.

Until next time, this is Alexis with ticketbust.com and this is ticket talk telling you to drive safely and if you do get a traffic ticket, ticketbust.com is on your side.

Ticketbust.com's Traffic Ticket Talk #35 - One City Shuts Down Red Light Cameras

Hi this is Steve with Ticketbust.com and this is Ticket Talk.

Red light Cameras are a very popular source of revenue for the state of California; however there are many communities and action groups trying to fight the legalities of red light cameras and get them shut down.

In fact one city is set to shut down all their red light cameras effective June 1, 2011. That city is San Bernardino. Keep in mind that this is ONLY the city of San Bernardino not the County of San Bernardino. If you are driving in other cities within San Bernardino County you may still receive a red light camera ticket.

Many people may this that if they received a red light photo ticket prior to June 1, 2011 it will just go away now that the City of San Bernardino is shutting down their cameras. This is not true. Even though there won't be any more red light camera ticket issued in the City of San Bernardino after June 1, 2011, any tickets where the date of the violation is prior to June 1 will still be valid even if you don't get the ticket or courtesy notice in the mail until after June 1, 2011.

Our advice to you is don't ignore that ticket if you receive one. However, don't just pay the ticket, contest the ticket.

In future webisodes of Ticket Talk we'll continue to provide you with helpful tips and other relevant information related to traffic tickets issued in California. Remember that ticketbust.com can help you contest that speeding ticket, red-light camera ticket or other traffic infraction in the state of California. Go to our web site at www.ticketbust.com or call us at 800-850-8038.

Until next time, this is Steve with ticketbust.com and this is ticket talk telling you to drive safely and if you do get a traffic ticket, ticketbust.com is on your side.

Ticketbust.com's Traffic Ticket Talk #34 - Better Your Chances Of Getting Out Of Red Light Camera Tickets

Hi this is Alexis with Ticketbust.com and this is Ticket Talk.

This week we're going to continue to talk about those red light cameras tickets that are sent in the mail. There are some simple things you can do to better your chances at getting out of a red light camera ticket. Last time we talked about why you should go back to the intersection and time the yellow light, this week we'll talk about what else you should check for at the intersection.

What a lot of people may not know is that it is required that cities post signs to warn drivers that certain intersections are monitored by red light cameras. Since this is a requirement, if you can find that this requirement has not been followed by the city in which you received the ticket, then this can definitely help your chances at getting your ticket dismissed.

When you go back to the intersection to time the light, at the same time you can check to see if there are any camera enforcement signs. If you don't see any at all or you see some but they are covered by trees, covered by graffiti, or bent over in such a way they cannot be seen then it's a good idea to take a picture with your camera so that you have proof there are no signs posted or proof that any signs there are not visible. Simple steps like this can really help your chances at getting out of a ticket like this.

In future wepisodes of Ticket Talk we'll continue to provide you with helpful tips and other relevant information related to traffic tickets issued in California. Remember that ticketbust.com can help you contest that speeding ticket, red-light camera ticket or other traffic infraction in the state of California. Go to our web site at www.ticketbust.com or call us at 800-850-8038.

Until next time, this is Alexis with ticketbust.com and this is ticket talk telling you to drive safely and if you do get a traffic ticket, ticketbust.com is on your side.

Ticketbust.com's Traffic Ticket Talk #33 - How Many Officer's Need To Sign The Ticket

Hi this is Steve with Ticketbust.com and this is Ticket Talk.

Today we are going to discuss a topic suggested by one of our viewers who asked, "When you get a speeding ticket, does the officer who got you on radar have to be the same one who gives you the ticket?"

If you look at a California Traffic Ticket you will notice that there are two spaces on a ticket for an officer's name. One space is for the citing or issuing officer, the other space is for an additional officer if different from the officer who actually wrote up the ticket. So there can be two different officers involved when issuing a traffic ticket.

It's common practice to have two officers, especially for speeding tickets where a laseror radar device is used because it has to be used in a fixed location. This is how the process usually works:

The 1st officer takes the speed reading and the 2nd officer is dispatched from the 1st officer to pursue the speeding car. The 2nd officer then radios back confirmation to the 1st officer confirmation of the stopped vehicle. The 2nd officer then makes the stop and issues the ticket. Both officer 1 and 2 would also testify in a case like this if it went to court.

In future webisodes of Ticket Talk we'll continue to provide you with helpful tips and other relevant information related to traffic tickets issued in California. Remember that ticketbust.com can help you contest that speeding ticket, red-light camera ticket or other traffic infraction in the state of California. Go to our web site at www.ticketbust.com or call us at 800-850-8038.

Until next time, this is Steve with ticketbust.com and this is ticket talk telling you to drive safely and if you do get a traffic ticket, ticketbust.com is on your side.

Ticketbust.com's Traffic Ticket Talk #32 - Bail Is Required With A Trial by Written Declaration

Hi this is Steve with Ticketbust.com and this is Ticket Talk.

Here at Ticketbust.com we complete and file Trial by Written Declarations on behalf of our clients to help them contest and dismiss their California Traffic Tickets.

One of the main requirements of filing a California Trial by Written Declaration is that you MUST post your bail, which is the fine for the ticket, with the court in order to contest your traffic ticket.

Many of our clients have wondered why should I pay the court the fine for the ticket if I'm contesting my ticket. The reason is simple. Since with a Trial by Written Declaration you will not be going to court, if you lose your case the court doesn't want to have to chase you down to collect the fine for the ticket. As such, they require you to post the fine with the Trial by Written Declaration and if the ticket is dismissed, the court will refund you the bail in full.

So logically our clients have also questioned the fact that will the court actually refund my bail. Then they think why would they dismiss the ticket if they already have the fine and then refund it. Fortunately, the California courts are very fair about this. They will refund your bail in FULL 100% of the time if your traffic ticket is completely dismissed. That's the law.

So go ahead and contest your traffic ticket. You have nothing to lose by filing a Trial by Written Declaration.

Ticketbust.com's Traffic Ticket Talk #31 - Length of Yellow Light, Red Light Camera Tickets

Hi this is Alexis with Ticketbust.com and this is Ticket Talk.

We've been talking a lot about traffic tickets that are handed to you by an officer so we're going to change it up this week and talk about red light cameras tickets that are received in the mail. There some simple things you can do to better your chances at getting a red light camera ticket dismissed.

If you get a red light camera ticket one of the things you should do right away is go back to the location of the intersection listed on the ticket and time the yellow light. Many times cities make the length of a yellow light too short which can result in more people running red lights that can't stop in time and of course increased revenue. So you want to make sure this didn't happen to you. Go back to the intersection with a stop watch and from the time the signal turns from green to yellow, begin timing until it changes from yellow to red. You'll want to do this a few times for accuracy.

Next you'll want to drive around and check for the posted speed limit on the approach to the light, the length of the yellow light depends on the approach speed (except in cases where you are making a right or left turn), and there are rules that say decreasing the length of a yellow light below the required minimum is not allowed. For example:

  • If the posted speed limit on the street you were driving on is 25 mph (or less) the yellow shouldn't be less than 3.0 seconds and this includes both right and left hand turns as well.
  • If the posted speed limit is 35 mph the yellow shouldn't be less than 3.6 seconds.
  • If the posted speed limit is 45 mph the yellow shouldn't be less than 4.3 seconds.

In future webisodes of Ticket Talk we'll continue to provide you with helpful tips and other relevant information related to traffic tickets issued in California. Remember that ticketbust.com can help you contest that speeding ticket, red-light camera ticket or other traffic infraction in the state of California.

Ticketbust.com has helped over 29,000 drivers contest their traffic tickets and we can help you to. Go to our web site at www.ticketbust.com or call us at 800-850-8038.

Here at Ticketbust.com, we welcome suggestions for future webisodes of TicketTalk. Just email us your name and topic you'd like to hear more about to info@ticketbust.com.

Until next time, this is Alexis with ticketbust.com and this is ticket talk telling you to drive safely and if you do get a traffic ticket, ticketbust.com is on your side.

Ticketbust.com's Traffic TicketTalk #30

Hi this is Alexis with Ticketbust.com and this is Ticket Talk.

Today, we'll continue our series on tips for when you get pulled over by an officer. We've been talking about how you can choose to have the place which you have to appear in be the County Seat instead of the courthouse the officer would normally write on the ticket and last time we talked about when this request should be made. This week we'll talk about what you can do if your request for the County Seat is ignored.

If the officer ignores your request for the County Seat what you can do is write "County Seat Requested" beside your signature on the ticket. That way when you bring the issue up in court and request for the court to move your traffic ticket case to the County Seat, you have proof that you did in fact ask the officer at the time you were supposed to.

To recap what we've been talking about in this series:

  1. You do have a right to make the request for the County Seat if you live or work closer to the County Seat,
  2. Making such a request could inconvenience the officer enough that he doesn't show up on your court date,
  3. The request needs to be made before the officer writes the ticket or right when he starts,
  4. If your request is ignored you can make a note next to your signature,
  5. And it's a good idea to search online for the county seat locations and keep with you in your car, that way you don't waste your time making a request for the county seat when you were already in the county seat or it is very near to where you are pulled over.

In future webisodes of Ticket Talk we'll continue to provide you with helpful tips and other relevant information related to traffic tickets issued in California. Remember that ticketbust.com can help you contest that speeding ticket, red-light camera ticket or other traffic infractions in the state of California.

Ticketbust.com has helped over 29,000 drivers contest their traffic tickets and we can help you to. Go to our web site at www.ticketbust.com or call us at 800-850-8038.

Here at Ticketbust.com, we welcome suggestions for future webisodes of TicketTalk. Just email us your name and topic you'd like to hear more about to info@ticketbust.com.

Until next time, this is Alexis with ticketbust.com and this is ticket talk telling you to drive safely and if you do get a traffic ticket, ticketbust.com is on your side.

Ticketbust.com's Traffic TicketTalk #29

Hi this is Steve with Ticketbust.com and this is Ticket Talk.

Here at Ticketbust.com we have contested over 29,000 Tickets in California and many of those tickets are from drivers that do not live in California.

Since California is right next door to Nevada we see many tickets from residents of Nevada that happen to be driving back and forth between California and Nevada.

Many viewers have emailed us about the differences between California and Nevada traffic laws. So today let's take a look at one of the main differences in how you have to contest a traffic ticket in California as opposed to Nevada.

Nevada is a great state and they operate unlike many other states. The bottom line in Nevada is that just about any ticket can be changed to a Parking Ticket in Nevada. Basically all you need to do is file some documents, pay your traffic ticket fine, and the court will change your traffic ticket to a parking ticket.

Since parking tickets carry no points, this ticket will not affect your driving record. Sounds like legalized bribery to me. All they want is your money. There are many companies in Nevada that will be happy to charge you a small fee to handle this for you and it is well worth the small fee.

In California, you cannot just pay the fine and have the court change your traffic ticket to a parking ticket. In California, you actually have to contest your traffic ticket either by going to court or filing a Trial by Written Declaration. We suggest that in California the best way to contest your traffic ticket is by using a Trial by Written Declaration.

This is usually sort of a shock to Nevada drivers that think that they can just pay the fine and make it go away by changing the ticket to a parking ticket.

In future webisodes of Ticket Talk we'll continue to provide you with helpful tips and other relevant information related to traffic tickets issued in California. Remember that ticketbust.com can help you contest that speeding ticket, red-light camera ticket or other traffic infraction in the state of California.

Ticketbust.com has helped over 29,000 drivers contest their traffic tickets and we can help you to. Go to our web site at www.ticketbust.com or call us at 800-850-8038.

Here at Ticketbust.com, we welcome suggestions for future webisodes of TicketTalk. Just email us your name and topic you'd like to hear more about to info@ticketbust.com.

Until next time, this is Steve with ticketbust.com and this is ticket talk telling you to drive safely and if you do get a traffic ticket, ticketbust.com is on your side.

Ticketbust.com's Traffic TicketTalk #28: Parking and Stopping Infractions

Hi this is Steve with Ticketbust.com and this is Ticket Talk.
Parking and stopping violations are usually not considered traffic infractions.   However, there are a few parking and stopping violations that are considered traffic infractions.
The first violation is stopping at or on a bus zone.  This is violation 22500(i).   Yes if you stop or park your car where it is clearly labeled a bus zone you will be ticketed with an infractionable offence.  
The next type of violation that is also considered an infraction is stopping or parking at a wheel chair access curb. This is violation 22500(l).   There is also another violation related to wheel chair access, violation 22522, which is parking or stopping near a sidewalk ramp for wheel chair access.   Both of these violations are considered traffic infractions.
All three of the above violations carry a hefty fine.    This fine can be in excess of $1,000.   This is not an inexpensive violation.   However, even though the fine is large, none of the above violations will carry a point on your driving record.
Regardless of the fine and lack of a point on your driving record, this is basically just a safety issue. Drivers that are caught violating these laws usually just have a lack of respect for the law and the common courtesy need toward other drivers.

In future webisodes of Ticket Talk we’ll continue to provide you with helpful tips and other relevant information related to traffic tickets issued in California. Remember that ticketbust.com can help you contest that speeding ticket, red-light camera ticket or other traffic infraction in the state of California.   
Ticketbust.com has helped over 29,000 drivers contest their traffic tickets and we can help you to. Go to our web site at www.ticketbust.com or call us at 800-850-8038.
Here at Ticketbust.com, we welcome suggestions for future webisodes of TicketTalk. Just email us your name and topic you’d like to hear more about to info@ticketbust.com.
Until next time, this is Steve with ticketbust.com and this is ticket talk telling you to drive safely and if you do get a traffic ticket, ticketbust.com is on your side.

Ticketbust.com's Traffic TicketTalk #27: When to Ask for the County Seat

Hi this is Alexis with Ticketbust.com and this is Ticket Talk.

Today, we’ll continue our series on tips for when you get pulled over by an officer. We’ve been talking about how you can choose to have the place which you have to appear in be the County Seat instead of the courthouse the officer would normally write on the ticket and last week we talked about who can request the County Seat. This week we’ll talk about when this request should be made.

When the officer starts writing the ticket that is the time to make the request for the County Seat. You can tell the officer it is more convenient for you to have the place to appear as the County Seat. The officer may ask you why, and as we talked about last week if you live or work closer to the county Seat you have a right to request it. The officer may ask you for the business address to verify you actually do in fact work closer to the County Seat, or he may ask you for the residential address if it is different from the address on your driver’s license.

If you sign the ticket without requesting the County Seat, you have promised to appear at whichever courthouse the officer wrote on the ticket.  So, if you don’t remember to make the request at the time the officer starts writing the ticket, then bring it up before you sign the ticket.

In future webisodes of Ticket Talk we’ll continue to provide you with helpful tips and other relevant information related to traffic tickets issued in California and next week, we’ll pick up with “what you can do if your request for the County Seat is ignored”. Remember that ticketbust.com can help you contest that speeding ticket, red-light camera ticket or other traffic infractions in the state of California.

Ticketbust.com has helped over 29,000 drivers contest their traffic tickets and we can help you to.   Go to our web site at www.ticketbust.com or call us at 800-850-8038.

Here at Ticketbust.com, we welcome suggestions for future webisodes of TicketTalk. Just email us your name and topic you’d like to hear more about to info@ticketbust.com.

Until next time, this is Alexis with ticketbust.com and this is ticket talk telling you to drive safely and if you do get a traffic ticket, ticketbust.com is on your side.

TicketBust.com's Traffic TicketTalk #26: Car Pool Violations

Hi this is Steve with Ticketbust.com and this is Ticket Talk.
Here’s a topic that several viewers have emailed us about, carpool tickets.
Traffic in California is terrible, and being stuck on a freeway while the cars in the carpool lane are zooming by is even worse.  All of us at one point or another have thought would it hurt if I crossed over into that carpool lane just this one time even though you’re driving alone.
We’ll don’t do it.  Driving in a carpool lane with few then the required passengers is a very expensive ticket.   The fine for this ticket can be up to $1,000.   This is violation is known as “Driving in the Carpool Lane Solo, code section 21655.5(b).   However, this violation is a ZERO point violation, similar to your first cell phone ticket.   The violation will show up on your driving record; however no points will be recorded.
There is one other type of Carpool violation, driving over the double yellow lines either in or out of the carpool lane.   This violation also carries a hefty fine but unlike driving solo in the carpool lane, this violation WILL carry one point on your driving record as it is a more severe violation.
Our suggestion to you is never cross over a double yellow line, wait for the proper opening and make your legal lane change at that time.   The few extra minutes it will take you far outweighs the point on your driving record and hefty fine.

In future webisodes of Ticket Talk we’ll continue to provide you with helpful tips and other relevant information related to traffic tickets issued in California. Remember that ticketbust.com can help you contest that speeding ticket, red-light camera ticket or other traffic infraction in the state of California.   
Ticketbust.com has helped over 29,000 drivers contest their traffic tickets and we can help you to.   Go to our web site at www.ticketbust.com or call us at 800-850-8038.
Here at Ticketbust.com, we welcome suggestions for future webisodes of TicketTalk. Just email us your name and topic you’d like to hear more about to info@ticketbust.com.
Until next time, this is Steve with ticketbust.com and this is ticket talk telling you to drive safely and if you do get a traffic ticket, ticketbust.com is on your side.

TicketBust.com's Traffic TicketTalk #25: Who can Request the County Seat

Hi this is Alexis with Ticketbust.com and this is Ticket Talk.

Today, we’ll continue our series on tips for when you get pulled over by an officer. Last week we talked about how you can choose to have the place which you have to appear in be the County Seat instead of the courthouse the officer would normally write on the ticket. This week we’ll talk about who can request the County Seat.

While it can be beneficial for you to request the County Seat it is important to know that not just anyone  can request it.

If your home address is closer to the County Seat then the local court where you would otherwise have been told to appear you can request the officer to write the place to appear on the ticket as the county seat.

If your home address isn’t close to the County seat you’re not out of luck . You can still request it if your business or work address is closer to the County Seat.

In future webisodes of Ticket Talk we’ll continue to provide you with helpful tips and other relevant information related to traffic tickets issued in California and next week, we’ll pick up with “when you should make the County Seat request”. Remember that ticketbust.com can help you contest that speeding ticket, red-light camera ticket or other traffic infractions in the state of California.

Ticketbust.com has helped over 29,000 drivers contest their traffic tickets and we can help you to.   Go to our web site at www.ticketbust.com or call us at 800-850-8038.

Here at Ticketbust.com, we welcome suggestions for future webisodes of TicketTalk. Just email us your name and topic you’d like to hear more about to info@ticketbust.com.

Until next time, this is Alexis with ticketbust.com and this is ticket talk telling you to drive safely and if you do get a traffic ticket, ticketbust.com is on your side.

TicketBust.com's Traffic TicketTalk #24: Requesting a County Seat

Hi this is Alexis with Ticketbust.com and this is Ticket Talk.

Today, we’ll continue our series on tips for when you get pulled over by an officer. Last week we talked about how you can choose to have the place which you have to appear in be the County Seat instead of the courthouse the officer would normally write on the ticket. This week we’ll take about the benefits of requesting the County Seat

At the bottom of the traffic ticket there is a space for the officer to list the place to appear and this generally will be the court house located closest to where the officer pulled you over. Generally within several miles.

In general, the officer pulls you over in an area where he is based at so the court house written on the ticket will then be most convenient for him. In the event you have to go in to court to fight your ticket you want it to be at a place least convenient for the officer.

If the officer has to drive further to get to the court house, if he has to go to a court house he is not used to appearing in and go in front of judges he is unfamiliar with, then this could increase the chances of him not showing up in court.  In the majority of cases where the officer doesn’t show up, the case is dismissed.

So while it can be beneficial for you to request the County Seat remember to print out a list of the County Seats in California that way you don’t waste your time if you were pulled over in a city that is the County Seat or if you were stopped in an area very near to the County Seat, because in those cases it won’t make a difference to request the County Seat.

In future webisodes of Ticket Talk we’ll continue to provide you with helpful tips and other relevant information related to traffic tickets issued in California and next week, we’ll pick up with “who can request the County Seat”. Remember that ticketbust.com can help you contest that speeding ticket, red-light camera ticket or other traffic infractions in the state of California.

Ticketbust.com has helped over 28,000 drivers contest their traffic tickets and we can help you to.   Go to our web site at www.ticketbust.com or call us at 800-850-8038.

Here at Ticketbust.com, we welcome suggestions for future webisodes of TicketTalk. Just email us your name and topic you’d like to hear more about to info@ticketbust.com.

Until next time, this is Alexis with ticketbust.com and this is ticket talk telling you to drive safely and if you do get a traffic ticket, ticketbust.com is on your side.

TicketBust.com Traffic TicketTalk #23: Number of tickets issued in California

  1. Currently California issues approximately 16 million traffic violations every year.  But even with so many tickets issued every year California is rank only the 14th most likely state to ticket drivers.
  2. The most common ticket issued in California is obviously a speeding ticket and we rank #4 among states most likely to issue a speeding ticket.  The top 5 states that issue the most speeding tickets according to the national Motorist Association are:
    1. Ohio
    2. Pennsylvania
    3. New York
    4. California
    5. Texas
  3. California’s largest county, Los Angeles, issues about 1.8 million traffic tickets every year.
  4. One out of every Six drivers will receive a traffic ticket each year.
  5. About 5-6 million of the 16 million tickets issued every year in California carry only 1 point.

I hope you found these facts about traffic tickets issued in California interesting.
In future webisodes of Ticket Talk we’ll continue to provide you with helpful tips and other relevant information related to traffic tickets issued in California. Remember that ticketbust.com can help you contest that speeding ticket, red-light camera ticket or other traffic infraction in the state of California.   
Ticketbust.com has helped over 28,000 drivers contest their traffic tickets and we can help you to.   Go to our web site at www.ticketbust.com or call us at 800-850-8038.
Here at Ticketbust.com, we welcome suggestions for future webisodes of TicketTalk. Just email us your name and topic you’d like to hear more about to info@ticketbust.com.
Until next time, this is Steve with ticketbust.com and this is ticket talk telling you to drive safely and if you do get a traffic ticket, ticketbust.com is on your side.

TicketBust.com Traffic TicketTalk #22: Do You Have Control over County Seat?

Hi this is Alexis with Ticketbust.com and this is Ticket Talk.

Today, we’ll continue our series on tips for when you get pulled over by an officer. Let’s talk about whether you have any say in choosing which court you have to appear in. We’ll talk about what the term “County Seat” means and where some of the County Seats are located, why you should request it, who can request it, when you should request it, and what you can do if your request is denied.

You do have some say in choosing the courthouse you appear in, but this is limited to making a request to have your courthouse be where the “County Seat” is. Before making a request like this you should have some knowledge as to where the County Seats are located. If there is a specific area that you frequent for work or school definitely look up the County Seats for those areas in case you’re ever pulled over there.

What you should know is every county has a County Seat and it is generally the largest city on the County. Occasionally the County Seat has the only court in the county so it won’t do you any good to request it, or like in Los Angeles County, the entire city of Los Angeles is the County Seat so any of the branches within the City of Los Angeles are located at the County Seat. A simple online search of “California County Seats” should provide for you a complete list that you could print out and keep in your glove box for future reference. It’s good to have a list to reference because if you get pulled and you’re already within the city where the County Seat is located or you are very near to it, it obviously won’t do you much good to request it.

In future webisodes of Ticket Talk we’ll continue to provide you with helpful tips and other relevant information related to traffic tickets issued in California and next week, we’ll pick up with “why you should request the County Seat”. Remember that ticketbust.com can help you contest that speeding ticket, red-light camera ticket or other traffic infractions in the state of California.

Ticketbust.com has helped over 28,000 drivers contest their traffic tickets and we can help you to.   Go to our web site at www.ticketbust.com or call us at 800-850-8038.

Here at Ticketbust.com, we welcome suggestions for future webisodes of TicketTalk. Just email us your name and topic you’d like to hear more about to info@ticketbust.com.

Until next time, this is Alexis with ticketbust.com and this is ticket talk telling you to drive safely and if you do get a traffic ticket, ticketbust.com is on your side.

TicketBust.com Traffic TicketTalk #21: Government and State Workers: Part II

Hi this is Steve with Ticketbust.com and this is Ticket Talk.
Last week we spoke about how Government and State workers never have to worry about Red Light Camera Tickets since the law allows them to keep their DMV information private.   Government and State workers: Part II This is the 2nd part in this series.
There is no question that Camera Enforcement of Traffic Violations generates millions in revenue for the State.   There are currently over a million automobiles registered in this program.  So theoretically this so-called loop hole could prevent the state from collecting on millions of dollars from those state workers who are able to get around paying red light camera fines, tolls, or parking tickets.
Well now law makers are taking notice of this potential funding source as efforts have been made to close the gap in this so called loop hole.
Currently, Assemblyman Jeff Miller has sponsored a bill which would require confidential plate holders to supply a current employment address so that tickets could be mailed to that location. Initially this bill the was rejected, but Assemblyman Miller intends to reintroduce this bill in the future
So what’s the big picture?  The confidential plate program allowing Governmental and State workers to keep their DMV information private is bound to continue causing the State to lose out on revenue but overall it does not pose a major problem since the number of those violators that have confidential plates is really an insignificant amount when compared to the millions of motorists who are caught on camera committing a traffic violation each year.
In future webisodes of Ticket Talk we’ll continue to provide you with helpful tips and other relevant information related to traffic tickets issued in California. Remember that ticketbust.com can help you contest that speeding ticket, red-light camera ticket or other traffic infraction in the state of California.   
Ticketbust.com has helped over 28,000 drivers contest their traffic tickets and we can help you to.   Go to our web site at www.ticketbust.com or call us at 800-850-8038.
Here at Ticketbust.com, we welcome suggestions for future webisodes of TicketTalk. Just email us your name and topic you’d like to hear more about to info@ticketbust.com.
Until next time, this is Steve with ticketbust.com and this is ticket talk telling you to drive safely and if you do get a traffic ticket, ticketbust.com is on your side.

TicketBust.com Traffic TicketTalk #20: Discusses Tips for When you get Pulled Over by an Officer

Hi this is Alexis with Ticketbust.com and this is Ticket Talk.

Today, we’ll continue our series on tips for when you get pulled over by an officer. Let’s talk about passengers in your car.

If you get pulled over and have one or more passengers in your car, have them keep their seatbelts on during the traffic stop, at least until the officer can clearly see into the car, otherwise its risky because the officer may walk up to the window of the car and assume the seatbelts were off while you were driving.

You should also have your passengers remain silent, you don’t want them to get into it with the officer and you don’t want them to say anything that might incriminate you.

Lastly your passenger can provide something very valuable to you should you decide to fight the ticket. They can provide a witness statement. This is especially helpful in situations where it’s really your word against the officer because you have another set of eyes to back up your position. Any witness statement you plan to provide to the court, make sure it’s notarized otherwise for all the court knows, you wrote the statement yourself. It’s worth paying a couple bucks to a Notary Public in order to make the witness statement credible.

In future webisodes of Ticket Talk we’ll continue to provide you with helpful tips and other relevant information related to traffic tickets issued in California. Remember that ticketbust.com can help you contest that speeding ticket, red-light camera ticket or other traffic infractions in the state of California.

Ticketbust.com has helped over 28,000 drivers contest their traffic tickets and we can help you to.   Go to our web site at www.ticketbust.com or call us at 800-850-8038.

Don’t forget at the end of each month we’ll be doing a special webisode where you the viewer can request a topic related to traffic tickets that you’d like to know more about. Each month we’ll draw a name and discuss a viewer requested topic. So email us your name and topic you’d like to hear more about at info@ticketbust.com.

Until next time, this is Alexis with ticketbust.com and this is ticket talk telling you to drive safely and if you do get a traffic ticket, ticketbust.com is on your side.

TicketBust.com Traffic TicketTalk #19: Discussion on Red Light Photo Tickets

Hi this is Steve with Ticketbust.com and this is Ticket Talk.
Red light cameras are all over the place these days.   And I know most of us are thinking when we go through an intersection while the light is yellow and there is a camera, “is my picture going to be taken and am I going to get one of those Red Light Photo Tickets in the mail.”
Well, there is one group of people that never have to worry about receiving a Red Light Photo Ticket; this includes Government or State Workers.
Most people don’t realize that under California law allows “confidential license plates” are issued to police officers and all other state or governmental workers who request them.   This allows them to keep their DMV information private. 
The purpose of this law is to prevent disgruntled persons or criminals from harassing, threatening or stalking judges, police officers and other state and governmental workers.  Over the years, this law has been expanded to include spouses and children and also allows them to retain their confidentiality for 3 years if they switch to a civilian job.   The law also allows peace officers to remain in the confidential plate program indefinitely so certain private information like their home address and other public information is not released.
Since their home address is not released, there is no way for a Red Light Camera Agency to issue a Red Light Photo Ticket to any Governmental or State worker.  And therefore they never have to worry about running a red light intersection that is enforced by a camera.
Next week we will take a more in depth look at how this law works in relationship to Red Light Cameras and how this is affecting revenue for the state of California.
In future webisodes of Ticket Talk we’ll continue to provide you with helpful tips and other relevant information related to traffic tickets issued in California. Remember that ticketbust.com can help you contest that speeding ticket, red-light camera ticket or other traffic infraction in the state of California.   
Ticketbust.com has helped over 28,000 drivers contest their traffic tickets and we can help you to.   Go to our web site at www.ticketbust.com or call us at 800-850-8038.
Don’t forget at the end of each month we’ll be doing a special webisode where you the viewer can request a topic related to traffic tickets that you’d like to know more about. Each month we’ll draw a name and discuss a view requested topic. So email us your name and topic you’d like to hear more about at info@ticketbust.com.
Until next time, this is Steve with ticketbust.com and this is ticket talk telling you to drive safely and if you do get a traffic ticket, ticketbust.com is on your side.

TicketBust.com TicketTalk Webisode #18 Continued Tips for When You Get Pulled Over

Hi this is Alexis with Ticketbust.com and this is Ticket Talk.

Today, we’ll continue our series on tips for when you get pulled over by an officer. Let’s talk about more tips for when you get pulled over for speeding.

You should stay calm and signal when pulling over and pull far enough over so that the officer can stand without getting hit.

During the course of the stop, try to figure out how the officer clocked you and note where he was when you first saw him. He may mention it while he’s talking to you, may say that he clocked you and how, may say that he followed you, or that he was radioed in by another officer that clocked you. It may also say on the ticket he hands to you, on most tickets there is a box that says radar and the officer will check this off or he can write in that laser, a pacing method or even an airplane,  was used to clock your speed. If the officer just followed you to get your speed that way, you should try to take note of how long the officer followed you or if he just came out of nowhere and  caught up to you very quickly.

My last bit of advice for you today is that you should avoid admitting guilt to speeding or driving at any particular speed, either directly or indirectly. And one way you can indirectly state you were speeding is by telling the officer you were traveling with the flow of traffic, when say you were on the freeway, and the flow of traffic was well above the maximum posted speed limit.

In future webisodes of Ticket Talk we’ll continue to provide you with helpful tips and other relevant information related to traffic tickets issued in California. Remember that ticketbust.com can help you contest that speeding ticket, red-light camera ticket or other traffic infractions in the state of California.

Ticketbust.com has helped over 28,000 drivers contest their traffic tickets and we can help you to.   Go to our web site at www.ticketbust.com or call us at 800-850-8038.

Don’t forget at the end of each month we’ll be doing a special webisode where you the viewer can request a topic related to traffic tickets that you’d like to know more about. Each month we’ll draw a name and discuss a viewer requested topic. So email us your name and topic you’d like to hear more about at info@ticketbust.com.

Until next time, this is Alexis with ticketbust.com and this is ticket talk telling you to drive safely and if you do get a traffic ticket, ticketbust.com is on your side.

TicketBust.com TicketTalk Webisode #17 will conclude our 4-part series about Cell Phone Tickets

Hi this is Steve with Ticketbust.com and this is Ticket Talk.
Today we will conclude our 4-part series about Cell Phone Tickets. 
We’ve already found out that it IS legal to use your wireless device to manually communicate on the internet, look up direction and phone numbers as long as you’re not communicating with another person.  We also have discovered that you CAN use the phones speaker phone to communicate with another person as long as you are not holding the phone.
Today let’s wrap up our conversation on wireless phones by asking these final questions:

  1. Can I use my Cell Phone during an emergency – Yes you can but you can only make emergency calls to law enforcement agencies, medical providers, the fire department, or other emergency agencies.  Calling you’re kids, wife/husband or another person just to change or make plans is not an emergency
  2. Can an officer pull you over for ONLY a Cell Phone violation – Yes, the police have primary enforcement authority for this violation and can pull you over for just this infraction.  They do not have to see you doing anything other than using your cell phone to communicate with another person.

Let’s also remember that it is NOT illegal to hold your wireless device in your hand while driving.  However, when an officer sees that wireless device in your hand, he can’t tell if you are texting or emailing another person or just looking up a phone, an address or directions, or just holding it in your hand.    And since an officer can’t actually tell what you are doing, you’re inviting him to pull you over.  
My advice would be not to hold that wireless device in your hand and especially don’t let an officer see it in your hand while driving.

In future webisodes of Ticket Talk we’ll continue to provide you with helpful tips and other relevant information related to traffic tickets issued in California. Remember that ticketbust.com can help you contest that speeding ticket, red-light camera ticket or other traffic infraction in the state of California.   
Ticketbust.com has helped over 28,000 drivers contest their traffic tickets and we can help you to.   Go to our web site at www.ticketbust.com or call us at 800-850-8038.
Don’t forget at the end of each month we’ll be doing a special webisode where you the viewer can request a topic related to traffic tickets that you’d like to know more about. Each month we’ll draw a name and discuss a view requested topic. So email us your name and topic you’d like to hear more about at info@ticketbust.com.
Until next time, this is Steve with ticketbust.com and this is ticket talk telling you to drive safely and if you do get a traffic ticket, ticketbust.com is on your side.

TicketBust Traffic TicketTalk #16: How to Best Respond to Questions During a Stop

Hi this is Alexis with Ticketbust.com and this is Ticket Talk.

Today, let’s talk about how to best respond to certain questions the officer may ask you during a routine traffic stop.

First and foremost remember that most people cannot talk themselves out of a ticket. If you’re not going to talk yourself out of a ticket at least don’t talk yourself into a deeper hole then you’re already in.

Try not to offer up any information unless the officer’s asks, and don’t forget your right to remain silent. Should the officer ask you a question about the manner you were driving in and you feel compelled to answer, it’s always good idea to keep your answers brief and as non- incriminating as possible.

For example, the officer says “Do you know why I pulled you over”. You could say, “No, I was driving safe”. Or “Why didn’t you stop for that stop sign”. You could reply “I did not proceed until safe”. Or “How fast were you going? “A safe and reasonable speed”. And don’t think the officer will give you a break because you say you were only going 70 mph or even 66 mph when the speed limit is 65 mph, that’s still speeding and you can bet the officer will write down what you’ve just said, if not on the front of the ticket, on the back of it so he can remember it later. A lot of people would also respond they were traveling “with the flow of traffic” and next week we’ll discuss why this only counts in certain situations.

So, you can see, how you answer the officer’s questions during a routine traffic stop is important, should you later decide to fight the ticket you don’t want to give the officer extra ammunition to use against you.

 

In future webisodes of Ticket Talk we’ll continue to provide you with helpful tips and other relevant information related to traffic tickets issued in California. Remember that ticketbust.com can help you contest that speeding ticket, red-light camera ticket or other traffic infractions in the state of California.

Ticketbust.com has helped over 28,000 drivers contest their traffic tickets and we can help you to.   Go to our web site at www.ticketbust.com or call us at 800-850-8038.

Don’t forget at the end of each month we’ll be doing a special webisode where you the viewer can request a topic related to traffic tickets that you’d like to know more about. Each month we’ll draw a name and discuss a viewer requested topic. So email us your name and topic you’d like to hear more about at info@ticketbust.com.

Until next time, this is Alexis with ticketbust.com and this is ticket talk telling you to drive safely and if you do get a traffic ticket, ticketbust.com is on your side.

TicketBust Traffic TicketTalk #15- Cell Phone Ticket Discussion Part III

Hi this is Steve with Ticketbust.com and this is Ticket Talk.
Today we are continuing our conversation about Cell Phone Tickets.  This is the 3rd part in our series on Cell Phone Tickets. 
Previously we answered various questions related to the laws concerning driving while talking or texting on wireless phone.   We’ve discussed how you can use your phones speaker phone as long as you’re not holding the phone and how you can look up phone number while driving as this is NOT considered reading or sending a text based communication.
Last week we also discussed that law states that you cannot use your wireless device to manually communicate with another person.   So we asked the questions, can you lookup directions since you are not communicating with another person?  According to Section 23123, you can send or receive wireless information that doesn’t involve another person.  This should mean that looking up directions or any other activity other than calling or sending information to another person should be legal.
Regardless of the actual law, it does appear that officers have been pulling drivers over even if they see the cell phone in their hand, regardless if you are actually using the phone or not.   Technically, it is not illegal to hold the cell phone in your hand.   It is only illegal to read something that was sent for communication by another person.   Therefore it should be legal to read map directions or browse the internet.
When an officer sees a cell phone in your hand, he can’t tell if you are texting or emailing another person or just looking up a phone, an address, or directions.    And since an officer can’t actually tell what you are doing, he will usually pull you over and write you up for a cell phone violation regardless if you not doing anything illegal according to the law.   It now becomes your responsibility to prove that you are innocent and will have to prove that you were not using your cell phone to communicate in any way with another person.
In future webisodes of Ticket Talk we’ll continue to provide you with helpful tips and other relevant information related to traffic tickets issued in California. Remember that ticketbust.com can help you contest that speeding ticket, red-light camera ticket or other traffic infraction in the state of California.   
Ticketbust.com has helped over 28,000 drivers contest their traffic tickets and we can help you to.   Go to our web site at www.ticketbust.com or call us at 800-850-8038.
Don’t forget at the end of each month we’ll be doing a special webisode where you the viewer can request a topic related to traffic tickets that you’d like to know more about. Each month we’ll draw a name and discuss a view requested topic. So email us your name and topic you’d like to hear more about at info@ticketbust.com.
Until next time, this is Steve with ticketbust.com and this is ticket talk telling you to drive safely and if you do get a traffic ticket, ticketbust.com is on your side.

TicketBust Traffic TicketTalk #14-Continues Cell Phone Ticket Discussions

Hi this is Steve with Ticketbust.com and this is Ticket Talk.

Today we are continuing our conversation about Cell Phone Tickets.  Many people drive while talking on their wireless phone without a headset, speaker or Bluetooth device.  Even worse, many people also text while driving.

The laws related to driving while talking or texting on wireless phone have changed over the last several years and if our lawmakers have anything else to say about it they will keep getting tighter and more restrictive, while also increasing the fines associated with these type of violations.

Today let’s answer some questions about using a wireless phone while driving.

  1. Can you use your phones speaker phone while driving – Yes you can use your phones speaker phone, as long as you are NOT holding the phone
  2. Can you ever text while driving – As of January 1, 2009, the law prohibits all motorists from reading, composing or sending a text-based communication while operating a motor vehicle to manually communicate with any person.   This includes text messages, instant messages or electronic mail
  3. Can you look up phone numbers while driving – Actually a person will NOT be deemed to be writing, reading, or sending a text-based communication if the person reads, selects, or enters a telephone number or name in a electronic wireless device for the purpose of making or receiving a telephone call
  4. Can you look up directions on your phone while driving – Let’s think about this one as this if very interesting.   We previously said that that law says that you cannot use your wireless device to manually communicate with another person.   So if you are looking up directions, you are not communicating with another person so is this legal?  Well the law isn’t clear on this.   As this might not be illegal, I would argue that it isn’t safe and would advise against doing it.

 

Keep in mind that if you are under the age of 18, you can NOT use your cell phone for any purpose.

In future webisodes of Ticket Talk we’ll continue to provide you with helpful tips and other relevant information related to traffic tickets issued in California. Remember that ticketbust.com can help you contest that speeding ticket, red-light camera ticket or other traffic infraction in the state of California.   

Ticketbust.com has helped over 28,000 drivers contest their traffic tickets and we can help you to.   Go to our web site at www.ticketbust.com or call us at 800-850-8038.

Don’t forget at the end of each month we’ll be doing a special webisode where you the viewer can request a topic related to traffic tickets that you’d like to know more about. Each month we’ll draw a name and discuss a view requested topic. So email us your name and topic you’d like to hear more about at info@ticketbust.com.

Until next time, this is Steve with ticketbust.com and this is ticket talk telling you to drive safely and if you do get a traffic ticket, ticketbust.com is on your side.

TicketBust Traffic TicketTalk #13-How to Handle Yourself During a Standard Stop

Hi this is Alexis with Ticketbust.com and this is Ticket Talk.

Back by popular demand, we’ll be talking about more ways to best handle yourself during a routine traffic stop.

Let’s talk about if you get pulled over at night. Naturally the officer will be more apprehensive since its dark and he won’t be able to easily see into your vehicle. You can make the officer more comfortable by having your interior light turned on and both hands on your steering wheel when the officer walks up to your window. The more comfortable the officer is, the more smoothly the traffic stop goes, the more likely your chances of getting a reduced penalty or a warning. Of course, if YOU’RE at all apprehensive of the officer because he is in an unmarked vehicle or not uniformed, remember you can ask for identification.

You should remain in your car with the doors locked unless the officer tells you to get out and while in the car it’s also a good idea to leave your seatbelt on. I cannot tell you how many people I’ve talked to who tell me they got a seatbelt ticket on top of the initial ticket that the officer pulled them over for in the first place. They take their seatbelt off before the officer walks up to the car in order to reach into the glove box and the officer walks up to see the driver’s seatbelt is off and assumes it has been off the whole time. Don’t let this happen to you. Take it from me its best to leave your seatbelt on and even better, ask the officer if you can remove it to retrieve whatever it is you need to retrieve that way he knows it was on.

We know viewers want to hear more on this topic and next week, we’ll answer some other questions about getting pulled over, like how to respond to certain questions the officer may ask you.

In future webisodes of Ticket Talk we’ll continue to provide you with helpful tips and other relevant information related to traffic tickets issued in California. Remember that ticketbust.com can help you contest that speeding ticket, red-light camera ticket or other traffic infractions in the state of California.

Ticketbust.com has helped over 28,000 drivers contest their traffic tickets and we can help you to.   Go to our web site at www.ticketbust.com or call us at 800-850-8038.

Don’t forget at the end of each month we’ll be doing a special webisode where you the viewer can request a topic related to traffic tickets that you’d like to know more about. Each month we’ll draw a name and discuss a viewer requested topic. So email us your name and topic you’d like to hear more about at info@ticketbust.com.

Until next time, this is Alexis with ticketbust.com and this is ticket talk telling you to drive safely and if you do get a traffic ticket, ticketbust.com is on your side.

TicketBust Traffic TicketTalk Webisode #12: Commercial Drivers and Traffic Tickets

Hi this is Alexis with Ticketbust.com and this is Ticket Talk.

If you’re a commercial driver and received a traffic ticket in California, if you have not already found out, you will find out that you cannot just pay the ticket and attend traffic school like someone who has an ordinary, everyday driver’s license. Even though commercial drivers are not eligible for a dismissal of their ticket through traffic school, there are other options for keeping the point off your driving record.

 As a commercial driver, you drive for a living and most likely your livelihood depends on you having a good driving record, but going into court to try and keep the ticket from going on your record has it disadvantages. When you’re trying to fight the ticket on your own you may not be sure of what to say or how to present your case to a judge, but more importantly you have to take valuable time off work that you should be out driving on the road, just to travel to the court and potentially wait for hours to state your case to a judge.

The best option for a commercial driver is to fight your traffic ticket using a Trial by Written Declaration. A Trial by Written Declaration allows you to contest your traffic in writing and it can be dismissed without you ever having to go into court.

Even if you feel you have no defense to fight your ticket and think there is no hope for keeping a point or more off your driving record, consider using a Trial by Written Declaration. Even if you have a log book ticket or an overweight ticket and you were clearly in the wrong, you may be surprised that your ticket could even be reduced to a no point violation if not completely dismissed after using a Trial by Written Declaration.

In future webisodes of Ticket Talk we’ll continue to provide you with helpful tips and other relevant information related to traffic tickets issued in California. Remember that ticketbust.com can help you contest that speeding ticket, red-light camera ticket or other traffic infraction in the state of California, and we are especially familiar with helping professional drivers that have a commercial driver’s license.

Ticketbust.com has helped over 27,000 drivers contest their traffic tickets and we can help you to.   Go to our web site at www.ticketbust.com or call us at 800-850-8038.

Don’t forget at the end of each month we’ll be doing a special webisode where you the viewer can request a topic related to traffic tickets that you’d like to know more about. Each month we’ll draw a name and discuss a viewer requested topic. So email us your name and topic you’d like to hear more about at info@ticketbust.com.

Until next time, this is Alexis with ticketbust.com and this is ticket talk telling you to drive safely and if you do get a traffic ticket, ticketbust.com is on your side.

TicketBust Traffic TicketTalk Webisode #11: Let's Talk About Cell Phone Tickets

Hi this is Steve with Ticketbust.com and this is Ticket Talk.

Let’s talk about Cell Phone Tickets.  Everyone hates cell phone tickets but at the same time talking on a cell phone while driving seems like it has become a right or privilege that we can’t seem live without.  Nobody will disagree that talking on a cell phone while driving is dangerous but so is eating while driving, changing the radio stations, looking for directions, putting on your makeup and even disciplining your kids in the back seat while driving.

Most people believe that cell phone tickets only cost you about $30-$40 and don’t go on your driving record.   This is not true.   First of all, all cell phone tickets are reported to the DMV and WILL appear on your driving record.  However, your first citation for using a cell phone ticket will NOT result in a violation point on your driving record. 

Here’s something new you should be aware of.  The California Legislature has been trying to pass a bill that would make the first violation go on your driving record and also increase the fine for a cell phone ticket.  If passed, this new bill would become law in July of 2011.

Currently the fine for Driving while using a wireless phone is approximately $148 for the first offence and $256 for each subsequent offence in most counties in California.   These are not inexpensive tickets.   To be safe, we always advise using a Bluetooth while talking on a cell phone.

Next week we will answer some other questions about using a wireless phone while driving like:

  • Can you look up directions on your phone while driving
  • Can you look up phone numbers and addresses while driving
  • Can you use your phones speaker phone while driving
  • Can you ever text while driving

In future webisodes of Ticket Talk we’ll continue to provide you with helpful tips and other relevant information related to traffic tickets issued in California. Remember that ticketbust.com can help you contest that speeding ticket, red-light camera ticket or other traffic infraction in the state of California.   

Ticketbust.com has helped over 27,000 drivers contest their traffic tickets and we can help you to.   Go to our web site at www.ticketbust.com or call us at 800-850-8038.

Don’t forget at the end of each month we’ll be doing a special webisode where you the viewer can request a topic related to traffic tickets that you’d like to know more about. Each month we’ll draw a name and discuss a view requested topic. So email us your name and topic you’d like to hear more about at info@ticketbust.com.

Until next time, this is Steve with ticketbust.com and this is ticket talk telling you to drive safely and if you do get a traffic ticket, ticketbust.com is on your side.

TicketBust Traffic TicketTalk Webisode #10: Red Light Camera Tickets

Hi this is Alexis with Ticketbust.com and this is Ticket Talk.

In previous webisodes of Ticket Talk we’ve talked a lot about speeding tickets so this webisode will be more geared to red light tickets. Specifically red light camera tickets because a lot of us are unfortunate enough to get them.

 If you think there is no hope for getting a red light camera ticket dismissed and think the video and photograph they have of you says it all, you’re wrong.  Red light camera tickets are absolutely worth fighting. 

Here’s something to consider. If you’re the registered owner of the vehicle pictured on the ticket and the ticket you received was mailed to you 16 days or more past the date of the violation, then you already stand a good chance at getting it dismissed on a technicality.

Take a look at the red light camera ticket you’ve received and look for the area titled “Certificate of Mailing”. Listed here will be the date the ticket was mailed to you.

You’ll want to compare this date to the date when the alleged violation occurred which is usually listed in the upper left corner. Should the date the ticket was mailed to you fall past 15 days after the date of the alleged violation, you’re in luck. The California Vehicle Code, section 40518 (a) requires a written notice to appear based on an alleged violation of California Vehicle Code section 21453 to be delivered to the registered owner within 15-days of the violation.
This California Law gives police only a limited amount of time to deliver a genuine notice to appear to the registered owner. Logically this make sense because most people have no recollection of even going through a red light, so they should be given ample notice if they did so they can remember where they were, what they were doing, or if someone else was driving their car at the time.
In future webisodes of Ticket Talk we’ll continue to provide you with helpful tips and other relevant information related to traffic tickets issued in California. Remember that ticketbust.com can help you contest that speeding ticket, red-light camera ticket or other traffic infraction in the state of California.   

Ticketbust.com has helped over 26,000 drivers contest their traffic tickets and we can help you to.   Go to our web site at www.ticketbust.com or call us at 800-850-8038.

Don’t forget at the end of each month we’ll be doing a special webisode where you the viewer can request a topic related to traffic tickets that you’d like to know more about. Each month we’ll draw a name and discuss a viewer requested topic. So email us your name and topic you’d like to hear more about at info@ticketbust.com.

Until next time, this is Alexis with ticketbust.com and this is ticket talk telling you to drive safely and if you do get a traffic ticket, ticketbust.com is on your side.

 

TicketBust Traffic TicketTalk Webisode #9: The Statement of Fact

Hi this is Steve with Ticketbust.com and this is Ticket Talk.

This week we are once again continuing our discussion detailing how to fight a ticket and get it dismissed by using a California Trial by Written Declaration.   This is the 5th part of our discussion series and today we will be talking about the 2nd page of the California Trial by Written Declaration, The Statement of Fact.

Let’s remind you how to obtain the actual Trial by Written Declaration Documents.   You can obtain these documents by going to www.ticketbust.com or any superior court web site. 

The 2-page of the California Trial by Written Declaration is the Statement of Fact.   At the top of the page you must put your full legal name and your case or citation number.   After that you will indicate your mailing address.  This is the address that you would like the court to send any communications to, including your decision notice.   This address does NOT have to be the same as the address on your driver’s license; however it should be an address that mail is checked on a regular basis.

Next comes the statement of facts.  This is where you will present your case to the court.   Keep in mind that there is only a small space here so you will need to attach additional pages as necessary to explain your case properly.   You should make sure that you present your case in a clear and concise manner.   Take the time to make your points, but do not run on excessively as the court will lose interest.

If you need to attach additional pages, please make sure that you put your name and case or citation number at the top of each page and the page number at the bottom of each page.

Remember that you may attach any additional documentation as needed like, insurance certificates, driver’s license, photos, certified letters or statements, diagrams, map and receipts if necessary.

Finally, please ensure that you do sign, print your name and date this document.   As we mentioned in previous webisodes you will send your California Trial by Written Declaration to the courthouse indicated on your ticket or courtesy notice and it is always wise to send these documents to the court via Certified Mail.

In future webisodes of Ticket Talk we’ll continue to provide you with helpful tips and other relevant information related to traffic tickets issued in California. Remember that ticketbust.com can help you contest that speeding ticket, red-light camera ticket or other traffic infraction in the state of California.   

Ticketbust.com has helped over 27,000 drivers contest their traffic tickets and we can help you to.   Go to our web site at www.ticketbust.com or call us at 800-850-8038.

Don’t forget at the end of each month we’ll be doing a special webisode where you the viewer can request a topic related to traffic tickets that you’d like to know more about. Each month we’ll draw a name and discuss a view requested topic. So email us your name and topic you’d like to hear more about at info@ticketbust.com.

Until next time, this is Steve with ticketbust.com and this is ticket talk telling you to drive safely and if you do get a traffic ticket, ticketbust.com is on your side.

TicketBust TicketTalk Webisode #8: How Radar and Lidar Can Vary

Hi this is Alexis with Ticketbust.com and this is Ticket Talk.

In a previous webisode of Ticket Talk we discussed whether an officer can refuse to show you a radar or lidar gun (the answer to which was yes) and we talked briefly about the difference between the two.

This webisode we will discuss in more detail how radar and lidar can vary.

Radar has multiple beams that can pick up upon all moving objects in range, where it is supposed to pick up the speed of the fastest moving target. Outside interference can affect the radar and it is generally less accurate from further away.

In order for the officer to clock you he will need a clear line of sight and there are certain conditions which are ideal for radar.

For example, a flat and straight road is ideal because of “the look past” error. This error can occur when you are coming downhill and there are cars behind you. The officer aims the radar at your car, but the radar is actually picking up on the car behind you.

For the officer to have a clear line of sight to your car there needs to be clear weather conditions and a fairly light amount of traffic. So if for example, it is dark and there is a lot of traffic, you stand a better chance at arguing the officer didn’t have a clear line of sight.

Now you may wonder what the difference is between lidar and laser. There is no difference but generally if you receive a ticket from the CHP the ticket will usually say lidar and if you receive a ticket from say a local police it will usually say laser.

Lidar differs from radar because it uses a narrow light beam rather than multiple radar waves. The officer can clock you in a shorter amount of time with lidar, however it doesn’t matter how accurate the laser is if the officer doesn’t have a clear line of sight to a reflective surface on your car.

An easy target for the officer is your front license plate, so for example, if you are driving a car that is low to the ground and you are behind a tall truck then you have a good chance to argue the officer didn’t have a clear line of sight especially if he had to aim across several lanes of traffic to get to you.

In future webisodes of Ticket Talk we’ll continue to provide you with helpful tips and other relevant information related to traffic tickets issued in California. Remember that ticketbust.com can help you contest that speeding ticket, red-light camera ticket or other traffic infraction in the state of California.   

Ticketbust.com has helped over 27,000 drivers contest their traffic tickets and we can help you to.   Go to our web site at www.ticketbust.com or call us at 800-850-8038.

Don’t forget at the end of each month we’ll be doing a special webisode where you the viewer can request a topic related to traffic tickets that you’d like to know more about. Each month we’ll draw a name and discuss a viewer requested topic. So email us your name and topic you’d like to hear more about at info@ticketbust.com.

Until next time, this is Alexis with ticketbust.com and this is ticket talk telling you to drive safely and if you do get a traffic ticket, ticketbust.com is on your side.

TicketBust TicketTalk Webisode #7: Trial by Written Declaration Discussion

Hi this is Steve with Ticketbust.com and this is Ticket Talk.

This week we are continuing our discussion detailing how to fight a ticket and get it dismissed by using a California Trial by Written Declaration.   In this 4th part of our discussion series, we will discuss how to complete a California Trial by Written Declaration.

The first step of this process is to obtain the actual Trial by Written Declaration Documents.   You can obtain these documents by going to www.ticketbust.com or any superior court web site. 

A Trial by Written Declaration is a 2-page document.   The first page is basic information about the court house, bail amount of your ticket and the due date of the ticket and looks like this.  As you can see most of the information required can be found either on your actual ticket or the courtesy notice the court sends you.

If you are including any additional evidence with your California Trial by Written Declaration, you need to check the appropriate box at the bottom of this page.

Please note item “B-D” on the Trial by Written Declaration.   One major requirement of a Trial by Written Declaration is that you post your bail with the court when filing a Trial by Written Declaration.   This is a court requirement.   As you will not be actually going to court to contest your traffic ticket, the court requires you to post your bail in order for the court to consider your Trial by Written Declaration

When the court receives your documents, the will cash your bail check and put it in their client trust account.  If your Traffic Ticket is dismissed, the court will refund your bail to you in the form of a court check.  If you traffic ticket is not dismissed they will convert your bail to the fine for the ticket and close your case.

In the next webisode of Ticket Talk we will talk about the 2nd page of your California Trial by Written Declaration and all subsequent pages that need to be submitted to the court.

In future webisodes of Ticket Talk we’ll continue to provide you with helpful tips and other relevant information related to traffic tickets issued in California. Remember that ticketbust.com can help you contest that speeding ticket, red-light camera ticket or other traffic infraction in the state of California.   

Ticketbust.com has helped over 27,000 drivers contest their traffic tickets and we can help you to.   Go to our web site at www.ticketbust.com or call us at 800-850-8038.

Don’t forget at the end of each month we’ll be doing a special webisode where you the viewer can request a topic related to traffic tickets that you’d like to know more about. Each month we’ll draw a name and discuss a view requested topic. So email us your name and topic you’d like to hear more about at info@ticketbust.com.

Until next time, this is Steve with ticketbust.com and this is ticket talk telling you to drive safely and if you do get a traffic ticket, ticketbust.com is on your side.

Webisode #6: Does an Officer have to Show the Radar Gun?

Hi this is Alexis with Ticketbust.com and this is TicketTalk.

Last week we gave you to some tips to remember for when you get pulled over, and this webisode you’ll get a few more tips and we’ll also address a question we get a lot relating to whether the officer has to show you the radar gun.

First, let me address the distinction between radar and lidar guns.

Radar and Lidar also known as Laser are different types of speed measurements guns with different accuracy rates, and it’s important that you take note of which the officer used, because he won’t always make it clear on the ticket. In later webisodes we’ll go more in depth into the distinctions between radar and lidar.
You have every right to ask to see the radar or lidar device but is the officer obligated to show you?

Not necessarily.

 If it would compromise your safety or his safety to allow you to walk back to his patrol car while cars are whizzing by at high speeds, then your request will almost certainly be denied.

If the officer tells you that you can’t see the device, don’t argue, just make a note of it later on, especially if the officer doesn’t state a reason as to why he didn’t show you. For all you know the speed he stated he clocked you at really wasn’t displayed on the device at all, and you can ask him to explain himself later if you decide to fight it.

If he does show you the device, remember you don’t want to let the officer know you plan to fight the ticket. Just observe the device briefly and try to take a mental note of the make and model, so you can do your own research later on the accuracy of the model and under what conditions it is most accurate.

So remember, there is a difference between radar and lidar, and although you have a right to ask to see the device used to clock your speed, the officer is not obligated to show you.

In future webisodes of Ticket Talk we’ll continue to provide you with helpful tips and other relevant information related to traffic tickets issued in California. Remember that ticketbust.com can help you contest that speeding ticket, red-light camera ticket or other traffic infraction in the state of California.   

Ticketbust.com has helped over 26,000 drivers contest their traffic tickets and we can help you to.   Go to our web site at www.ticketbust.com or call us at 800-850-8038.

Don’t forget at the end of each month we’ll be doing a special webisode where you the viewer can request a topic related to traffic tickets that you’d like to know more about. Each month we’ll draw a name and discuss a viewer requested topic. So email us your name and topic you’d like to hear more about at info@ticketbust.com.

Until next time, this is Alexis with ticketbust.com and this is ticket talk telling you to drive safely and if you do get a traffic ticket, ticketbust.com is on your side.

Webisode #5: Where and When to File a TBWD

Hi this is Steve with Ticketbust.com and this is Ticket Talk.

For the last couple of weeks we’ve been discussing how to fight a traffic ticket and get it dismissed by using a California Trial By Written Declaration and this is the 3rd part in that discussion series.   This week we will discuss who can file a California Trial by Written Declaration along with where and when to file.

In California anyone over the age of 18 with a valid driver’s license may contest a traffic ticket using a Trial by Written Declaration.   You don’t have to have a California Driver’s License or live in the state of California.   The only requirement is that the ticket is issued in the state of California.  Obviously, if you live out of state, filing a Trial by Written Declaration is the most convenient way to fight a traffic ticket since you will not have to appear in court.

When filing a Trial by Written Declaration, the court must receive your documents no later than the due date of your ticket.   We recommend that you get all your documents to the court within 5 days of your specified due date to insure that the court receives everything on time and records it in their system.  This way you will avoid receiving an FTA, which is a failure to appear for not showing up on your specified court date.

It is not necessary to actually go to the court to file a Trial by Written Declaration.   Since you will not be going to the court house to submit your documents, we always recommend you send them by certified mail, not regular mail.  This way you have an acknowledgement that the court actually received your documents and the date that they received the documents.  Again, this is extremely important as you will not actually be appearing in court.  
You must file your Trial by Declaration documents with the court house indicated at the bottom of ticket or the address that is indicated on your courtesy notice.

Don’t delay in taking care of your traffic ticket! Tickets that have not been taken care of and are past due or have been referred to collections are not eligible for Trial by Written Declaration.

Remember you can obtain the actual Trial by Written Declaration Documents by going to www.ticketbust.com or any superior court web site. 

In future webisodes of Ticket Talk we’ll continue to provide you with helpful tips and other relevant information related to traffic tickets issued in California. Remember that ticketbust.com can help you contest that speeding ticket, red-light camera ticket or other traffic infraction in the state of California.   

Ticketbust.com has helped over 26,000 drivers contest their traffic tickets and we can help you to.   Go to our web site at www.ticketbust.com or call us at 800-850-8038.

Don’t forget at the end of each month we’ll be doing a special webisode where you the viewer can request a topic related to traffic tickets that you’d like to know more about. Each month we’ll draw a name and discuss a viewer requested topic. So email us your name and topic you’d like to hear more about at info@ticketbust.com.

Until next time, this is Steve with ticketbust.com and this is ticket talk telling you to drive safely and if you do get a traffic ticket, ticketbust.com is on your side.

Webisode #4: Tips on Routine Traffic Stops

Hi this is Alexis with Ticketbust.com and this is Ticket Talk.

Getting a traffic ticket doesn’t have to be a traumatic experience.  In this weeks webisode of Ticket Talk you’ll get a few tips on how to best handle yourself during a routine traffic stop.

First up, remember, it’s the law to pull over to the right.

When you see the flashing lights behind you, pull over to the right as safely and quickly as you can.

Many people make the mistake of pulling to the left if they are already in the left lane and they end up getting a ticket for that as well.

You need to find a place safe to stop, but try to avoid traveling for a long distance, you DON’T want the officer to think you’re trying to get away and, you DON’T want to get a ticket for failing to yield.

Alright, the next few tips are all about making the officer feel comfortable. The more comfortable the officer is and the more smoothly the traffic stop goes, the more likely the officer might let you off with just a warning!

After you pull over you’ll want to:

  • remain in your car and roll down your window
  • You shoul turn off the engine and place the keys on the dash
  • And you’ll want to place both your hands on the wheel

Now once the officer walks up to your window you’ll want to:

  • Be courteous and follow the officer’s instructions
  • Keep your answers brief
  • And always ask permission before reaching for any items. Make sure the officer knows what item your reaching for and where its located, that way he doesn’t think you’re reaching for a weapon

It’s also a good idea to keep a notepad, pen, and camera in your glove box. Before you leave the scene and while the officer is busy writing up the ticket, you can jot down a few quick notes about the traffic and weather and any comments the officer made. This information will be useful later if you decide to fight your ticket.

You can go back later and take photos of the area and of any posted signs, you don’t want to linger at the scene while the officer is there as this is a red flag you plan to fight the ticket.

Remember these simple tips for a much more pleasant ticketing experience!

In future webisodes of Ticket Talk we will continue to provide you with helpful tips for when you get pulled over and other relevant information related to traffic tickets issued in California. Remember that ticketbust.com can help you contest that speeding ticket, red-light camera ticket or other traffic infraction in the state of California.   

Ticketbust.com has helped over 26,000 drivers contest their traffic tickets and we can help you to.   Go to our web site at www.ticketbust.com or call us at 800-850-8038.

Until next time, this is Alexis with ticketbust.com and this is ticket talk telling you to drive safely and if you do get a traffic ticket, ticketbust.com is on your side.

Webisode #3: Qualifications for a Trial by Written Declaration

Hi this is Steve with Ticketbust.com and this is Ticket Talk.

Last week we introduced you to the idea that traffic tickets can be fought, contested and dismissed using a California Trial by Written Declaration.   This week we are going to  review some of the qualifications for a Trial by Written Declaration and who can file a Trial by Written Declaration.

To review, A Trial by Written Declaration is a way to contest a Traffic Ticket without going to court.

To be eligible to file a Trial by Written Declaration, you need to be over the age of 18 and have a valid U.S. driver’s license.   If you have a foreign driver’s license, you cannot file a Trial by Written Declaration.

You must have a traffic ticket that includes only a traffic infraction, not a misdemeanor.   Speeding tickets, red light camera tickets, lane violation tickets, stop sign ticket and other traffic infractions all will qualify.  However, Drunk Driving, Driving without a valid or suspended driver’s license, tickets involving accidents and other misdemeanors do not qualify. 

In addition, your traffic violation must NOT require a mandatory court appearance.   If your traffic violation requires a mandatory court appearance, you will need to appear in court on or before the specified date indicated on the ticket and request the judge to set bail and allow you to file a Trial by Written Declaration.   If the judge allows this, great then you’re good to go and can proceed with a Trial by Written Declaration as normal.

Other tickets that are not eligible for a Trial by Written Declaration include, parking tickets, administrative tickets, and other tickets that are not on file with the California Superior Court, like tickets issued by park rangers and U.S. District Courts

You can obtain the actual Trial by Written Declaration Documents by going to www.ticketbust.com or any superior court web site. 

In future webisodes of Ticket Talk we will continue to provide you with relevant information related to traffic ticket violations issued in California.

Remember that ticketbust.com can help you contest that speeding ticket, red-light camera ticket or other traffic infraction in the state of California.   
Ticketbust.com has helped over 26,000 drivers contest their traffic tickets and we can help you to.   Go to our web site at www.ticketbust.com or call us at 800-850-8038.

Until next time, this is Steve with ticketbust.com and this is ticket talk, telling you to drive safely and if you do get a traffic ticket, ticketbust.com is on your side.

Webisode #2: What To Do If You Get an LA Camera Ticket, DON’T IGNORE THAT TICKET!

Hi this is Alexis with Ticketbust.com and this is Ticket Talk.

Word has gotten around, after the recent LA Times article about camera tickets, that LA courts don’t report a person to the DMV if they fail to pay a Red Light Camera Ticket. This has left many people thinking that this is a green light to ignore those red light tickets.

Well, my advice to you is DON’T IGNORE THAT TICKET.

You see, a Red Light Camera Ticket is sent to the registered owner of a vehicle and if the registered owner doesn’t pay, the court sends another notice stating an additional $300 is owed if not paid within 10 days. After that the registered owner’s name is sent to collections.

If you don’t pay in LA County your license might not be suspended, but you can bet a collections agency will be harassing you and this could have a major negative impact on your credit.

Also keep in mind that the court’s policy seems to be specific as to the registered owner’s name that appears on the ticket so the court may not apply the same policy if you are not the registered owner even if your name is on the ticket. If the court chooses not to apply their policy to you then your license can be suspended.

LA Superior Court may be one of the only counties, if not the only county, having this policy. Since it is a court policy that the court has elected to make, and they were not forced to make, it could change at any time. So in choosing to ignore the ticket and let it go to collections, you are taking a big risk because that policy could change without you knowing.

Conclusion – DON’T IGNORE THAT TICKET, it will cost you more in the long run

In future webisodes of Ticket Talk we will continue to provide you with relevant information related to traffic tickets issued in California. Remember that ticketbust.com can help you contest that speeding ticket, red-light camera ticket or other traffic infraction in the state of California.

Ticketbust.com has helped over 26,000 drivers contest their traffic tickets and we can help you to.   Go to our web site at www.ticketbust.com or call us at 800-850-8038.

Until next time, this is Alexis with ticketbust.com and this is ticket talk telling you to drive safely and if you do get a traffic ticket, ticketbust.com is on your side.

Webisode #1: Introduction to TicketTalk, your source for traffic ticket information on the Web.

Hi this is Steve with Ticketbust.com and this is Ticket Talk.

Here’s a fact for you- California issues over 16 million traffic violations every year and one out of every 6 drivers will get a speeding ticket in a year.   What can you do when you receive a traffic ticket?  Well many people are confused and really don’t know what to do. 

They either just pay the ticket or

Request traffic school, and some may even go to court when they don’t need to.

Fortunately there are other options in California for all drivers who receive traffic tickets.  And it doesn’t matter if they live in California or outside the state, the only requirement is that it’s California Traffic ticket.

So, before you waste your time and time just pay the ticket or go to traffic school, you should consider filing a Trial by Written Declaration.   A Trial by Written Declaration will allow you to contest your traffic ticket without the need of court to contest your ticket.    If the ticket is dismissed, great you will have no points on your record and the court will refund your bail.

Now the beauty of a trial by written declaration is that if you ticket is not dismissed you can still either request traffic school,  if you are eligible, or request an in court trial to contest your ticket again, this is known as a Trial de Novo or Request for New Trial.

And this is why contesting a traffic ticket in the state California with A Trial by Written Declaration is your best option to fight your traffic ticket and keep your driving record clean, which saves you money and reduces your insurance cost.   Either way you just can’t lose.   If your traffic ticket is dismissed you win, no points on your record and your bail is refunded.  if it’s not dismissed, no harm done.. you’re right back where you started prior to filing a trial by written declaration.

My advice to anyone who receives a traffic ticket in the state of California is to file a trial by written declaration first,  prior to electing traffic school, going to court, or just paying the fine.

In future webisodes of Ticket Talk we will discuss exactly how a Trial by written declaration works and how it’s filed.   We will also be providing you relevant information on California traffic ticket law and related topics.

Finally…keep in mind that ticketbust.com can help you contest that speeding ticket, red-light camera ticket or other traffic infraction in the state of California.    Ticketbust.com has helped over 26,000 drivers contest their traffic ticket and we can help you too.   Go to our web site at www.ticketbust.com or call us at 800-850-8038

Until next time, this is Steve with ticketbust.com and this is ticket talk telling you to drive safely and if you do get a traffic ticket, ticketbust.com is on your side.

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