Getting a speeding ticket might not seem like a big deal since it can’t put you in jail, but it’s the cost that is frustrating. Some people think paying the fine will make the ticket go away, but the truth is that it can affect your wallet in multiple ways. That is why it’s important to not simply accept the ticket but fight the ticket and its consequences. So how much is a speeding ticket in Los Angeles County and how can I get it dismissed?
The True Cost of a Speeding Ticket in LA County
So, exactly how much is a speeding ticket in Los Angeles County? It’s more than you might think if you haven’t already experienced it. If you are facing a speeding ticket, you are only seeing the ticket cost and not everything else that can impact you financially.
The cost of a ticket itself averages $710 on an infraction that has a base fine of $35. There are state and Los Angeles county-mandated penalties that are assessed in addition to the base fine. However, here is how the base fine is determined:
- A ticket for 1 to 15 mph over the speed limit has a base fine of $35
- A ticket for 16 to 25 mph over the speed limit has a base fine of $70
- A ticket for 26 mph or more over the speed limit has a base fine of $100
- A ticket for 100 mph or more over the speed limit has a $200 base fine
In addition to the base fine, there is a 20% surcharge on the traffic ticket. The additional fees include:
- $40 court assessment
- $35 conviction assessment
- A state penalty that is 100% of the base fine
- $100 night court assessment
- $7 for every $10 of the base fine is assessed by Los Angeles County
- $4 for every $10 of the base fine is assessed and goes to the DNA Identification fund
- $2 of every $10 of the base fine is assessed and goes to the emergency medical services fund
- A $4.00 assessment goes to the Emergency Medical Air Transportation Services fund
- A construction penalty assessment of 50% of the base fine goes to the the state court
If you are caught speeding in a construction zone, the costs completely change. Driving up to 15 mph over the speed limit can net a fine of $367. Going 25 mph or more can make the base fine $532.
Factor in the average $160 per year increase in auto insurance that lasts for at least 36 months and the costs become even greater. If your job requires a clean driving record, You could lose your job or limit your earning capacity by not being able to acquire a job that requires a perfect driving record. The mark on your driver’s license has its consequences even after you’ve paid every cent of the fines.
Getting a Speeding Ticket Dismissed in Los Angeles County
Fortunately, receiving a speeding ticket doesn’t have to be the financial headache that it has the potential to be. It’s possible to fight the ticket and have it dismissed, especially with the help and resources offered by Get Dismissed. This program eliminates the confusion that’s usually involved in fighting a traffic ticket. For instance, did you know that you could fight a ticket in writing without stepping foot in court?
That’s OK if you didn’t.
Thanks to Vehicle Code Section 40902, you can fight without the inconvenient and embarrassing court appearance. The name for this is “Trial by Written Declaration” and the Get Dismissed system allows drivers to take advantage of this step-by-step.
The system also completes paperwork by asking you questions so you don’t have to mull over the complexities. There are many occasions when a traffic ticket is assessed without just cause. Written statements from witnesses and yourself might be what is needed for a judge to dismiss the ticket, especially when it is a case of your word or the words of several against the officer that made the traffic stop. Those documents can be uploaded to the GetDismissed system so everything is packaged properly.
Don’t Pay a Ticket That Can Be Dismissed
In the end, the question shouldn’t be “how much is a speeding ticket in Los Angeles County?” The question should be “how do I get out of a speeding ticket?” It can seem as if there is no way out, but you will be surprised at what can be done to keep you from having to pay the costs and the collateral consequences speeding tickets impose on California drivers. GetDismissed has the tools that you need for just a fraction of the cost of the ticket. You can get started online today or call 800-580-3769 to protect your wallet, insurance rates, and driving record.
What Types of Tickets Do We Help With?
GetDismissed produces results in fighting all kinds of tickets. Unfortunately, this list does not include exhibition of speed citations. Your best bet in fighting one of these infractions, is to contact an attorney. An attorney can negotiate on your behalf to try and reduce fines, or even to reduce the charges to a lesser infraction which could possibly qualify for traffic school.
We do however, contest infractions revolving around speeding, red lights, red light cameras, cell phones, signs (primarily stop signs), carpool violations, U-turns, out of lane violations, and commercial violations. If you receive a citation and have questions, contact us today.