Red Light Violation
(California Vehicle Code 21453)
21453 California Vehicle Code:
(a) A driver facing a steady circular red signal alone shall stop at a marked limit line, but if none, before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection or, if none, then before entering the intersection, and shall remain stopped until an indication to proceed is shown, except as provided in subdivision (b).
(b) Except when a sign is in place prohibiting a turn, a driver, after stopping as required by subdivision (a), facing a steady circular red signal, may turn right, or turn left from a one-way street onto a one-way street. A driver making that turn shall yield the right-of-way to pedestrians lawfully within an adjacent crosswalk and toany vehicle that has approached or is approaching so closely as to constitute an immediate hazard to the driver, and shall continue to yield the right-of-way to that vehicle until the driver can proceed with reasonable safety.
(c) A driver facing a steady red arrow signal shall not enter the intersection to make the movement indicated by the arrow and, unless entering the intersection to make a movement permitted by another signal, shall stop at a clearly marked limit line, but if none, before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection, or if none, then before entering the intersection, and shall remain stopped until an indication permitting movement is shown.
(d) Unless otherwise directed by a pedestrian control signal as provided in Section 21456, a pedestrian facing a steady circular red or red arrow signal shall not enter the roadway.
Traffic Clinic handles red-light tickets every day Los Angeles Superior Courts. The experienced attorney’s contest red light tickets with the highest success. We will not take your case if we do not strongly feel that we can win your red light ticket or at least cut your fines in half. Red-light tickets are one of the most expensive tickets not only in California, but also in the entire country! That is one reason why we need to fight back.
Local municipalities in California contract with private for-profit corporations to install and operate red-light cameras. The largest of these corporations is based out of Arizona! 99% of people who get red-light camera tickets simply rollover and pay these outrageous fines. They see the photos and/or video and think that there is no way out of such a ticket. And the camera company and the city make a killing off of us. However, red-light camera tickets are one of the easiest tickets to fight—and win—if you know what you are doing.
The average cost for a red-light camera ticket in most other states ranges from $50-$150. “Experts say there is little chance that the penalty assessments will stop increasing because it’s an attractive source of revenue for state and county governments. A 2006 report by the California Research Bureau, which studies issues for the governor and Legislature, estimated that traffic violations bring in more than five hundred million per year.”
According to the Judicial Council of California, in 1993, a red-light camera ticket cost $103. In 2002, it cost $340. Red-light camera tickets currently cost $490-$584! Most of these increased fees are earmarked for various city projects like courthouse construction! With traffic school fees and extensions you could owe the court $584.00
What most people do not know is that these red-light cameras must adhere to strict rules and regulations set by state law in order for these tickets to be valid, or to “stick”. If the cameras fail to comply perfectly with these rules, it is usually grounds for a full dismissal. Furthermore, when we challenge these tickets, the state must prove that the cameras followed this list of prerequisites perfectly in order for these tickets to even be admissible. It is important to remember that in all of this, the burden of proof is not for us to prove that you are innocent, rather the burden of proof is on the camera company and officiating officer to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that (1) they followed all the set rules perfectly, and (2) that the person named on the ticket is the same individual in the little photos on the ticket. This proves to be far more difficult than you may think. At CA Traffic Tickets, our attorneys have developed a number of different defenses to fight these camera tickets.
What if I was not the driver!
It is very common that the person cited for the ticket was not the person driving the car. These are one of the easiest scenarios to beat. The burden of proof is for them to prove that the person named on the ticket is the same as the person in the photos. They obviously cannot prove this. We have developed solid arguments that usually result in a full dismissal for such situations.
What if the photo clearly shows me!
Even if you are the driver and the pictures seem to clearly indicate guilt, we can still fight these and win. Again, it is because these camera tickets are unlike other tickets where an officer eye witnessed the event at the time. Because these cameras systems have so many weaknesses and vulnerabilities they thus have many more points we can attack. Our attorneys have extensively studied and created solid legal defense strategies and found sufficient case law to get even the most seemingly difficult camera tickets dismissed. Basically, we challenge them and put them on trial! Here is what one recent client had to say after we won her red-light camera ticket:
The lawyer that handles your case will begin by studying the photos and video of the incident to help determine the best defense for your situation. Then we have you write down your story and tell us everything that you remember about the incident. The lawyer will incorporate this into the defense as well. Sometimes the most seemingly insignificant details can be, in fact, key. But if the “facts” seem to work against you, we focus more on using the law the fight the law. Because of the unique nature of these camera tickets, we often beat these tickets regardless of the circumstance and we won’t take your case if we can’t help you either dismiss the citation or reduce the fine.
Traffic Clinic has an 87% Success Rate at Winning our cases!
Call us for at 844-999-9987 for Free Consultation on your case and let one of our experienced Traffic Attorneys at Traffic Clinic assist you.