Asked over 2 years ago - Redondo Beach, CAFlag
Is it possible to make an appearance in court and request a fine reduction without pleading "not guilty?" i.e. Can I appear in person to the court, plead guilty, and ask for a reduced fine all at the same time? The way the notice is worded, it kind of sounds like the only reason to request a court appearance is to plead "not guilty," in which case, I would have to post the entire bail anyway ahead of the court appearance. Would a judge be less inclined to reduce the fine if I've already posted its entirety? Also, I don't want to jeopardize the option of attending traffic school.
Unfortunately, for photo tickets most courts require you to post bail and plead not guilty to speak to the judge. You might be able to get an arraignment date and ask the judge to reduce the fine and plead guilty at the same time. Traffic school is available if you are eligible.
If you are interested in fighting this there is very interesting case precedent which allows the litigation of these cases to be effective. Essentially the prosecution / Officer who shows usually cannot lay a foundation for the validity of the evidence that they want to use against you.
Unless you have a commerical license the cost benefit of hiring an attorney to fight these tickets is usually not fiscally sound.
However, there are attorneys who specialize in this area and do them relatively affordably.
If you are interested you should contact an attornye for a free consultation who may be able to briefly walk you through the process of fighting these money generating "traps."
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