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    CA Legal Advice Needed

    I know we have some members (lawyers and CHP's) here who may be able to help me with this...haha. About a month ago my son was pulled over by a CA Highway Patrol Officer (CHP). He was stopped for the license plate being partially obstructed. The handle of my tire carrier can block the last digit at certain angles. I figured this would be a fix-it ticket but realized it wasn't. This obstruction is unintentional, as a lot sand or put on a tinted plate cover. There were several other items which he could have been sited for which would have been fix-its ie...tinted windows, mud flaps which were pointed out by the officer. I'm also not running a front plate which was not even pointed out. I figured this would be worth siting. Seems he used items PC for their stop then wrote the ticket which would net the state the most money. Got to fund the butter train some how...haha. My question is do I even attempt to argue this in court with my son or just pay the fine and move on? Since this I do plan on relocating it and getting a bracket to reinstall the front plate. Any advice and info would be much appreciated. Thanks.



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    What would you argue? That it is not obstructed?

    All the other stuff will not matter.


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    Quote Originally Posted by fiend View Post
    What would you argue? That it is not obstructed?

    All the other stuff will not matter.


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    Just that it was unintentional and only at certain angles. Also relocate it prior to court to show good faith effort to fix the issue and maybe get it reduced or tossed out.

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    It's also a non-moving violation so it should not affect insurance or anything.

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    If you contest it in court they will likely reduce it or possibly toss it all together based on what you’re saying you’re gonna do to fix it. You just have to decide if it’s worth spending the time in court for it. Some would have to take a day off work or burn a vacation day or something so you just have to factor that in.


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    I’d take a good picture from the back and if the plate is legible contest it. Also the state or chp makes zero pennies from tickets issued.
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    How is an equipment violation not a correctable ticket? Or are you just going off of the courtesy notice from the court with a bail amount on it and assuming? A correctable written on an actual citation instead of a fix it tag will probably show up as such... a violation with a fine. Probably marked on the front as correctable... fix it, get it signed off, show proof of correction and pay processing fee to court ($10-25). So I’ve heard


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    How much was the ticket?

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    My kid got a ticket for riding his bike while wearing ear buds. About $200. I was all up in arms and ready to “take it to court.” I did the first few steps in the process, but it immediately became clear that fighting it was going to consume a lot of my time during work hours and getting the ticket chucked was not a sure thing. I decided my time was better spent on other things and just paid the ticket.


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    Take photos and or a video walkaroubd showing how it isn't obstructed and go to court if you have time. Otherwise pay it and call it a lesson learned lol
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