2017 is upon us! And one of your New Year's resolutions should be to start the year with a clean California driving record. What happens on the roads of Southern California between Thanksgiving and New Years is simple—more police are on patrol looking for drunk drivers and as a result also end up spotting lots of other traffic violations. And as many of you reading this blog have learned the hard way—there is no traffic infraction too small for a Southern California police officer! If you are dealing with a traffic violation of any sort in Ventura, Orange, Kern, Riverside, Los Angeles or San Bernardino Counties, be sure to give the Kann California Defense Group a call today for help.
So why does a clean driving record matter? And why not just pay the ticket and be done with it? Those are two great and common questions and here are some very important reasons why you should want to keep your record clean and fight your traffic tickets:
- Points Matter: Many people like to analogize a driving record with a golf game—the lower the score the better. The state assigns a certain point value to an offense and once you reach more than a given number of points in a given period of time, they will actually suspend your license. That's right, even a collection of seemingly harmless traffic violations can add up to a license suspension.
- It's California: Take a minute and think of all the places you go and things you do that depend on driving. Basically everything in Southern California means getting into the car and driving somewhere. When you lose that privilege for a few weeks or forever you then need to figure out how you will get to work or school, drive your kids around, or just get to the store among other important things. And the alternative is not only inconvenient but also more much more expensive, and sometimes even impossible.
- Guilty Plea: Many people do not realize that paying a traffic ticket is also pleading guilty to the offense and accepting the points that go along with it. And that simple reality is why you should never just pay the ticket and be done with it. And while yes, traffic school is one way to get a point off of your record, not all violations are ones in which the driver would be eligible for traffic school and drivers are only eligible to take part in traffic school once every 18 months. Also, commercial drivers are not eligible for traffic school. Working with an experienced Ventura or Santa Clarita traffic ticket attorney can help you avoid the points, defeat the charge, and save your driving privileges.
Above are just a couple of the reasons why you should want to start your 2017 with a clean driving record. If you do get cited for a traffic violation you really should give us a call to discuss how we can help clean up your driving record and limit the impact points have on your driving future. Whether it is a minor offense or something major like a DUI, time is of the essence when it comes to any traffic violation. So before you plead guilty and just pay the fine in front of you, give our attorneys here at the Kann California Defense Group a call to discuss your defense options.
Also, keep in mind that if you do accumulate enough points such that the California DMV does suspend your license, we can still help save your driving privileges. Call us to discuss how we can help you. 888-744-7730.