WA resident, need a NorCal Lawyer

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by EvilGilligan, Aug 14, 2014.

  1. EvilGilligan

    EvilGilligan Adventurer

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    Family member just got cited by CHiPs in Shasta Co. for going 94 in a 70 ... took her info, said he'd mail her the ticket. Need a lawyer to manage this. Any recommendations/ advice / experience with Cali tix?

    feel free to PM if you deem appropriate.
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  2. RAZR

    RAZR u may run the risks my friend but I do the cutting

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    online traffic school is her best bet.

    http://local.dmv.org/california/local-traffic-schools.php
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  3. Glidedon

    Glidedon master of none

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    Does not sound right. If she did not sign the ticket agreeing to appear seems to me she is off the hook for it. I'm not a lawyer but I've never heard of getting a ticket in CA and not signing the promise to appear.
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  4. Mens Rea

    Mens Rea Been here awhile

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  5. scottrnelson

    scottrnelson Team Orange

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  6. mrduck

    mrduck Been here awhile

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    Nope, ain't happenin'! It don't work that way here in Cali......sounds like Mr CHP let her slide on the ticket! Let us know how this ends up
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  7. Scubalong

    Scubalong Been here awhile

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    Never heard of that before.......:huh
    Very weird perhaps he let her slide without admit it in case he is on dash cam :wink:
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  8. Just Paul

    Just Paul Pro Cat Herder

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    Out of state tickets don't work that way.

    She is not ever going to see a ticket
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  9. mikerd400

    mikerd400 Long timer

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    Tickets can be mailed. It is rare to do so, but it is legal.
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  10. RAZR

    RAZR u may run the risks my friend but I do the cutting

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    yup
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  11. mcma111

    mcma111 Long timer

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    My daughter got pulled over for tailgating a few towns away. Officer said the ticket would be mailed. She kept looking for it and finally gave up/forgot about it. Until one day while out riding her XR650l she rolls a stop sign right in front of a SFPD motorcycle prick. Her license had been suspended for not paying the ticket. Not only did she get written up he had the bike towed away even though I was there in a few minutes trying to get the bike. The other moto cop that was with him even told me he was an asshole. Along comes the tow truck and away goes the XRL.

    Next day the Mrs and daughter draw $1000.00 out of the bank and go settle up the tailgating ticket. There went a few hundred $$$.

    They come get me (so I can ride the bike back home) and it's off to the tow impound lot. Gotta get a release. $100.00. Then the tow and storage.... $450.00 for 23 hours!!!

    Luckily I had some $$ in my pocket since that $1000.00 they had withdrawn was long one.

    A VERY expensive lesson.

    The ticket's in the mail....
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  12. moosehog

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    I am a Ca attorney.
    Disclaimer #1: I do not practice in the area of traffic citations. (That area of law does not typically attract a high caliber of attorneys, IMO.)
    Disclaimer #2: I am not giving legal advice here.

    In my understanding and from talking with other attorneys, the cost of hiring an attorney in CA to contest traffic citations almost never pencils out unless you have serious criminal implications or are about to face dramatic insurance cost increases.
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  13. itsatdm

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    My brother, who is truck driver, got a speeding violation in his private vehicle in central ca. near his home. He was guilty, but worried about his commercial license. So he hired a "bill board" attorney out of LA to fight it.

    My brother posted bail which is the same amount as the fine. The attorney filed a request for an extension, time after time. That is not an option if you defend yourself. You get 2.

    It dragged on forever and finally got the DA to a plea of vehicle code 21710, Coasting. It is the only moving violation that does not go on your record. The attorney never made a court appearance.

    My brother paid $900 for the attorney and lost his bail, but feels like he won.

    It is unusual not to issue an instant ticket, especially if it was CHP. Their tickets are accounted for and he better have an explanation if he voids one.

    Maybe he didn't intend to, maybe he got a call that was more important than the ticket. Maybe he felt 90 in a 70 was borderline reckless driving and wanted input from the DA.

    Out of state drivers are not immune to Ca. tickets. If you get one and don't pay they will notify the home state, as most have compacts for enforcement with other states. The home state will hold up the renewal of a driver license until the fine is paid and it will include an additional violation of failure to appear.

    If you know the county where the violation took place, after 4-6 wks,, call the muni court traffic division and ask if they have a record of the ticket.
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  14. Kyron

    Kyron Oncler Inds

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    If she didn't sign anything, I'd wait for the ticket to show up in the mail.

    If it shows up in the regular mail (not certified) then maybe think about ignoring it.
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  15. EvilGilligan

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    She got home today and I looked at her 'note' ... it's a summons to appear (we call it a ticket up here). Looks like it was scribbled out by a toddler on meth. Apparently she'll get a courtesy notice in the mail with details (or at least legible).

    Called two lawyers, waiting to hear back from the second. She has a single objective: see if this can be turned into a non-moving violation for insurance reasons. Paying the fine is not the issue and she'll gladly pony up the $$ if necessary.

    I'll keep you guys updated as this plays out. Thanks for all of the advice and recommendations.
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