Seat belt tickets are a common tickets that are issued on a regular basis and we have handled thousands of these type of citations at Traffic Clinic. Fines for these tickets start at around $162 and can be increased for additional offenses. Seat belt tickets are non moving violations, and as such are infractions that do not go onto your driving record with the DMV, which in turn is reported to your insurance.
However, many seat belt tickets are issued either incorrectly or unfairly, and our skilled attorneys can detect these mistakes and counter with solid legal arguments. Additionally most people blow the seat belt tickets off and do not take care of them. This causes a huge problem because if you do not handle such tickets and fail to appear your license may be suspended and the court will refer you to the collection agency (GC Services).
Our attorneys have a number of different successful defense strategies depending on your particular situation. The officer that gave the citation has relied solely on his/her personal visual judgment, usually from within their patrol vehicle a good distance away, and proving your guilt can be more challenging than most people think.
Remember that a skilled traffic attorney from Traffic Clinic can use the law to dismiss your citation
You have the Constitutional right that:
1) an accused is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, and
2) the government has the burden of proving that an accused has committed the crime charged beyond a reasonable doubt.
If the officer is unable to prove every element of the alleged violation with sufficient evidence, the case will likely be dismissed. If the officer fails to submit his/her declaration or do so on time, this too is grounds for a full dismissal.
Child Restraint Tickets
There is also another type of seat belt ticket that is very costly to drivers, it is the child restraint tickets, which do carry one point on your DMV record and have large fines that start at $500 and can double with a second offense. A lot of these tickets are issued for these alleged violations are highly subjective and often based on inaccurate understanding of the law by many officers. We fight these tickets successfully for our clients using our knowledge of the court, the law, and knowing the officers who write them.