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Old 12-18-2018, 11:54 AM   #1
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Must be a slow morning on the highways! grumblegrumble

Got my first ticket in probably 8-10 years this morning, and it's my first CA ticket. Riding into work and getting off I-15 SB at Hillery here in SD in the HOV lanes exit. Stop sign at the end of the offramp. Check and no traffic to my left or even on the bridge at all, and I turn right. Get to the red light which is about 1000ft down, come to a complete stop and then about 5 seconds later in my mirror I see a CHP motocop coming down behind me. He gets me for.... not coming to a complete stop at the stop sign and writes a ticket. Really man? I haven't a clue where he came from, I'm guessing he was quite a distance behind me in traffic and saw me not put my foot down at the stop sign from way back since it took him awhile to get up to me? Nevermind all the traffic going 90 and people abusing the HOV lanes without paying, better get that guy on the bike!

Yes I know I broke the lawz and I'm being a whiny .

Anyway, getting my CA court system cherry popped. What's this going to run me?
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Old 12-18-2018, 12:17 PM   #2
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You were askin' for it. You were probably wearing a short skirt.
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I feel like there's more to this story. What bike were you on? How many wheelies were done?

I'd fight it. My guess is cop wont show up and if he does I would just question where he was and how he determined you didn't come to a complete stop. Worst case you could just say you have a clean record and it won't happen again and maybe walk away with a reduced fine or something.

I'm going on 16 years ticket free. I actually completely blew a stop sign the other day with a cop waiting to bust people. I was so close to him we locked eyes, then he looked at my my hi-viz jacket, then my enormous top case, and just shook his head and went on to bust the next person who blew the intersection.
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HA. I was on the tracer.

I really don't get it. I mean, I made a California stop in CALIFORNIA! I was lied to.

I was super courteous. Didn't argue, stayed on the bike, explained my actions before getting off and reaching into my side case to get my lic/ins/reg. All my docs are legit, clean record. F this cop lol.

It was funny though, as he was writing the ticket another rider rode by and I jokingly started tapping my head giving the "COP" signal. I could tell he was laughing in his helmet.
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I'd fight it also, worth a shot. Fines are different in all the counties. Think Ventura county is 500 for running a light but not sure.

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always lawyer up to get it dropped from a moving violation so it doesn't affect your insurance. you will still pay for the ticket and court fees but it'll save you in the long run.
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always lawyer up to get it dropped from a moving violation so it doesn't affect your insurance. you will still pay for the ticket and court fees but it'll save you in the long run.
+1. It cost me plenty to lawyer-up and have a speeding ticket "disappear" in 2010, but to allow it to process normally would have had a huge ricochet-effect on my insurance costs for the number of cars and motorcycles I owned/insured at that point in my life.
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There's always traffic school too though. Usually 20 for school, 60 to the county plus your normal fine. Stay clean for 2 years and your eligible again.

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It's only a 1 point ticket. The cop did mention the traffic school, take it online and get the 1 point dropped. I'm not sure if this is lawyer worthy for being so minor. Now if it were a worse ticket I'd most likely lawyer up.

BTW, how does the point system in CA work? I'm pretty sure it's different than what I'm used to in CO
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Again, my advice is suit-up and go to court if you can swing it. Or see if you can contest via mail -- wasn't Miles or BMW-K saying one of their friends did the mail thing and got their massive speeding ticket dismissed?

Actually now that I think about it, I got a ticket about 10 years ago. I put a suit on and went to court and they dismissed it immediately, as in I literally walked up and they dismissed without me saying a word. When I went to hand in the ticket, they asked what lawfirm I was with... Turns out they thought I was a lawyer! I should change my earlier response to conviction free for 16 years! haha!
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This used to be all the rage for fighting tickets. http://ticketassassin.com/
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It's only a 1 point ticket. The cop did mention the traffic school, take it online and get the 1 point dropped. I'm not sure if this is lawyer worthy for being so minor. Now if it were a worse ticket I'd most likely lawyer up.

BTW, how does the point system in CA work? I'm pretty sure it's different than what I'm used to in CO
https://www.dmv.org/ca-california/point-system.php
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Sucks man!

At the least you can pay it and take traffic school online. I just did a traffic school course last week for a ticket I got a while back. Took me all of 30 mins to finish the course.

First ticket I have gotten in well over 10 years.
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