California Traffic Fines: Introduction and General Provisions
Few things are more exasperating that being pulled over by CHP or the police. One of those things is being completely in the dark as to how much your traffic fines will amount to. It is rather hard to make any decision regarding your ticket, defense strategy and your plan of attack without knowing the bail amount. So, we at Ticket Busters of California have put together the following pages to help you determine the fine amount.
Select the link below to see all the various bail schedules under the California Vehicle Code.
Uniform Bail Codes The following state codes have a single bail amount for all misdemeanor offenses within that code:
|Code of Civil Procedure||$250|
|Food and Agricultural Code||$500|
|Public Utilities Code||$1,000|
|Revenue and Taxation Code||$250|
|Streets and Highways Code||$100|
|Unemployment Insurance Code||$250|
For all offenses chargeable as straight misdemeanors for which there is no uniform bail and which are not otherwise provided for in this schedule, including unlisted subdivisions, the bail is $500, except that if the minimum fine for the offense (not including any penalty assessments) is greater than $500, then the bail is the amount of the minimum fine.
For all offenses chargeable either as a felony or a misdemeanor ("wobblers") for which there is no uniform bail and which are not otherwise provided for in this schedule, the bail is $750 (not including any penalty assessments), except that if the minimum fine is greater than $750, then the bail is the amount of the minimum fine.
All violations of County ordinances constituting misdemeanors for which no provision is made in this schedule shall have bail of $250. All misdemeanor violations of the California Code of Regulations for which no provision is made shall have bail of $125, except that if the minimum fine for the offense (not including any penalty assessments) is greater than $125, then the bail is the amount of the minimum fine.
For all violations of state statutes, provisions of the California Code of Regulations or County ordinances constituting infractions, which are not otherwise provided for in this schedule, including unlisted subdivisions, the bail is $35, except that if the minimum fine is greater than $35, the bail shall be the amount of the minimum fine.
Use of this Bail Schedule
The purpose of this bail schedule is to fix an amount upon which a person who is arrested without a warrant may be released from custody prior to appearance in court. At and after the defendant's first appearance, pursuant to Penal Code section 1269b(b), the amount of bail, if any is allowed, shall lie with the sound discretion of the judicial officer before whom the defendant appeared, and which may be greater or less than the amount set forth in this schedule, subject to the provisions of Penal Code section 1275. This schedule may also be used by a magistrate in fixing bail pursuant to Penal Code section 815a at the time an arrest warrant is issued, the amount of which lies with the sound discretion of the magistrate.
When a defendant is booked for or charged with two or more misdemeanor offenses, bail shall be the amount computed under this schedule for the charge having the highest bail except where the offenses are committed against separate victims or on separate dates.
Penalties and Assessments
An additional penalty of $26 may be levied upon every $10, or part of $10, upon every fine, penalty, or forfeiture imposed by and collected by the court for criminal offenses. The additional penalty is calculated as follows:
State penalty required by PC 1464 $10 County penalty required by GC 76000(e) $ 7 State court construction penalty required by GC 70372(a) $ 5 DNA Identification Fund penalty required by GC 76104.6 and 76104.7 $ 2 Emergency medical services penalty required by GC 76000.5 $ 2
Penal Code § 1464(b) provides that in the case of multiple offenses, the amount of "additional penalties" is to be determined by the total base bail or fine for all the offenses cited, and if the fine or base bail is suspended in whole or part, the "additional penalties" shall be reduced in proportion to the amount of suspension.
In addition to the penalty calculated above, Penal Code § 1465.7(a) requires imposition on criminal offenses of a state surcharge equal to 20 percent of the base fine used to calculate the state penalty assessment as specified in Penal Code § 1464(a).
Penal Code § 1465.8 requires imposition of an additional fee of $20 for court security on every conviction for a criminal offense, including a traffic offense, except parking offenses as defined in Penal Code § 1463.
Government Code § 70373 requires the imposition of a conviction assessment, on every conviction for a criminal offense, including a traffic offense, in the amount of $30 for each misdemeanor and $35 for each infraction.
Abbreviations "Ct." designates "court appearance." "I" designates "infraction." "M" designates "misdemeanor. See above for further information on penalties.
Regardless of your county, as long you reside received your traffic ticket in California, we are behind you 100% to help you fight those traffic fines on your traffic ticket or speeding ticket citation. Feel free to contact us at Ticket Busters of California (ticketbust.com) or toll free at 800 850-8038.
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