When you’re heading down an open freeway, it may be tempting to drive at high speeds. Not only is this dangerous, but it can expose you to legal trouble as well. Police officers often station themselves along stretches of open freeway just out of sight to drivers, waiting to catch those who drive over the speed limit. If you are caught driving over 100 MPH in Barstow, you may be facing serious consequences. As such, you should contact an experienced traffic attorney at Wallin & Klarich as soon as possible to help you fight your speeding violation.
Driving Over 100 MPH (VC Section 22348(b))
Under California Vehicle Code Section 22348(b), a person who drives a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than 100 MPH is guilty of an infraction. Although infractions are known as minor offenses, driving over 100 MPH is one of the most severe traffic offenses you can commit and is punished accordingly.
Penalties for Driving Over 100 MPH in Barstow
The penalties for violating VC Section 22348(b) depend on your driving history. They are as follows:
- For a first conviction: Up to $500 in fines and up to 30 days of license suspension
- For a second conviction within 3 years of a prior conviction: Up to $750 in fines and up to 6 months of license suspension
- For a third or subsequent conviction within 5 years of two or more prior convictions: Up to $1,000 in fines and up to 1 year of license suspension
Additionally, for driving over 100 MPH, the DMV will put two points on your driver’s license. This is important because if you exceed a certain number of points, you may end up losing your driving privileges. Furthermore, having more points on your driving record will increase your insurance premiums for the next 3 to 5 years.
Do I Have to Appear in Barstow Court?
Along with fines and license suspension, a violation of VC Section 22348(b) requires a mandatory court appearance. Although most traffic violations only require you to appear in court if you wish to fight the ticket, driving over 100 MPH is considered a more serious offense, so you must appear in court regardless of whether you wish to fight the ticket. This means that you may have to take time off of school or work, travel to the Barstow Courthouse, and spend your entire day there until your case is called.
Luckily, however, an attorney can appear on your behalf. If you hire an attorney to represent you, you do not have to personally go to court, saving you from inconvenience and time wasted. Experienced traffic attorneys know the best legal defenses to get your ticket dismissed or reduced to a lesser violation. Moreover, our attorneys at Wallin & Klarich have the added benefit of knowing local prosecutors and judges. As our client, you will undoubtedly benefit from our resources and knowledge.
Am I Eligible for Traffic School?
Courts generally only allow traffic school for minor traffic violations. Unfortunately, traffic school is not an option for individuals charged with driving over 100 MPH on the freeway. This is because California courts do not allow traffic school as an alternative sentence for offenses that mandate a court appearance. Therefore, if you are found guilty, you will receive points on your driving record and cannot remove them through traffic school.
Contact Wallin & Klarich Today
If you received a ticket for driving over 100 MPH in Barstow, contact Wallin & Klarich today to see how we can help you avoid heavy fines and maintain your driving privileges. With 40+ years of experience, our attorneys at Wallin & Klarich have helped thousands of clients successfully defend against traffic violations. We have the knowledge and resources to help you as well.
With offices in Orange County, Riverside, San Bernardino, Victorville, Torrance, West Covina, Los Angeles, and San Diego, you are sure to find an available Wallin and Klarich office near you.
Discover how our team can assist you. Contact us today, toll-free at (877) 4-NO-JAIL or (877) 466-5245 for a free consultation with a skilled defense attorney.