Is a Brake Tail Light Fix-It Ticket worth fighting?

On Sunday, I took my vehicle in to the mechanic and had new brakes installed. On Monday morning, I was driving to work and a motor-cop pulls me over. He proceeds to give me a ticket for a burnt out tail light. I was shocked anything was wrong with my car and told the officer that I had just taken my car in for service and paid for a 10 point inspection. I fixed the light and had the back of the ticket signed off by CHP the same day. I went to court today, and the clerk stated that the dismissal fee is $110. Seriously? For a $3 burnt out bulb which should have been fixed by the mechanic the day prior? Is there an option to fight a fix-it ticket (by trial or written declaration) and/or have the fine reduced if you are low-income? Thank you.

Moreno Valley, CA -

Attorney Answers (2)

Michael J Silveira

Michael J Silveira

Speeding / Traffic Ticket Lawyer - San Francisco, CA
Answered

The proper fee is $25 for a fix it dismissal. You were given incorrect information.

Michael Douglas Shafer

Michael Douglas Shafer

Criminal Defense Attorney - Norco, CA
Answered

No, maybe sue the shop in small claims but might be best to just walk away.

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