A: No. If you plan on contesting your ticket it is crucial that you retain an attorney experienced with handling traffic tickets. An experienced attorney understands the rules of evidence and can make appropriate objections to limit and, in some circumstances, exclude the officer�s testimony. When necessary, an attorney will negotiate with the officer to prevent a conviction to a moving violation.
A: Yes. You should consult with an attorney experienced with handling traffic tickets to discuss the nature of your case, any possible defenses and the option of having your charges reduced to a non moving violation. If you do not contest a traffic violation you will face increased insurance rates and multiple traffic violations could result in a suspension of your driving privileges.
A: In California you are eligible to attend traffic school once every eighteen (18) months for a one point vehicle code violation. You may, in some circumstances, elect to appear in court or file a trial by written declaration before ultimately opting for traffic school.
A: You may or may not receive a notice from the court to pay the fine or appear in court. Regardless of whether you receive notice, it is your responsibility to appear in court or pay the fine on or before the due date.
A: Stay in your car (unless instructed otherwise), keep your hands where the police officer can see them, do not try to talk your way out of the ticket and do not argue with the officer. The officer will note all of your statements and use them against you at trial. It is important to be courteous and never argue with the officer.