The Process to Fight a Speeding Ticket
If you received a speeding ticket in Kern County you were issued a notice to
appear in Court on a given date. For many, the time it takes to drive to the
Court and fight the ticket on their own is not practical, not to mention the
legal aspects of the case. For this reason, many folks decide to retain a
lawyer in the area to handle the citation for them. The following is a
summary of the process from start to finish:
The first step of the process to fight a traffic ticket is called an arraignment.
At the arraignment, we will enter a “not guilty” plea and schedule a new
Court date for a trial. Following the arraignment, we may elect to file motions
seeking to challenge various aspects of the case or decide to engage in plea
bargain discussions with the prosecution. These discussions can often result
in the charges being reduced or dismissed. If the plea-bargain is accepted,
this will bring an end to the case. Typical negotiated dispositions include a
plea to a less serious charge or a vehicle code section that may not carry
points or a charge that does not result in the suspension of your drivers
license or driving privilege in California. If the case does not settle for a plea
bargain then it will proceed to what is known as a Court trial.
A Court trial will usually be calendared for a new date anywhere from a
month to three months, depending upon which courthouse your case is
assigned to. A Court trial in a traffic ticket case is like any other criminal case
with the exception that there is no jury empaneled, the outcome of the case is
in the hands of a Judge. It begins with direct examination and cross-
examination of the witnesses (usually law enforcement), motions to exclude
evidence, closing arguments, and a verdict.
The advantage to hiring a local Kern County Speeding Ticket Attorney is
that you will not be required to appear at any stage of the process unless you
are specifically notified to attend. We will send you a letter with the final
disposition of your case once a resolution has been obtained. Our Law Firm
defends tickets in Lamont, Taft, Shafter, Bakersfield, and Mojave.
Call us Toll Free at 1-877-202-3834
LAMONT LAW FIRM
Bruce M. Blythe, Attorney at Law, Toll Free 1-877-202-3834