Asked over 1 year ago - Perris, CAFlag
I recently Recived a speeding ticket I want to fight it but was told that I couldent unless I pay it in full why am I going to pay if I'm not guilty ?
If you go to court without an attorney, you usually have to pay the bail amount beforehand. If you win at trial, the money will be refunded to you. When an attorney appears on your behalf, most judges allow for the defendant to be out "OR" or on his "own recognizance". This means that you pay the amount only if you lose at trial.
Some courts now require to post the bail (fine) if you want to plead not guilty and go to trial. If you have an attorney no bail is usually required. Should you prevail at trial any money paid will be returned. If you lose, the money posted will be applied to fine.
Generally speaking, in traffic matters you are asked to pay the bail (fine) while contesting the matter. Should you take matter to trial and win, you shall be returned the bail (fine). If you lose at trial, the bail (fine) that you initially paid will be applied to the fine.
Antonio R. Garcia, Esq.
DISCLAIMER: This does not constitute legal advice but is merely a generalized discussion based upon a hypothetical fact scenario.
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