Written by administrator on September 4th, 2012
Roadshow: Total fine of a $ 20 cell phone ticket balloons to around $ 160 with …
News from San Jose Mercury News:
Q Maybe my ability to understand ticket fines is limited. But just why, exactly, does a $ 20 fine for a cellphone ticket cost $ 159 when fees are added? Why isn’t the fine just $ 159 and be done with it? Why is it necessary for all the subterfuge in coming up with the real fine? I like being able to understand the world. I am likely a dreamer though.
A You are. Many drivers are frustrated that the base fine listed is only a fraction of the total amount of a ticket. That’s why when a driver is handed a ticket and asks an officer how much the fine will be, the cop will often say they don’t know.
Here’s a partial breakdown on how a $ 20 cellphone ticket turns into around $ 160, according to the DMV:
- State penalty assessment: $ 20.
- County penalty assessment: $ 14.
- DNA penalty assessment: $ 8.
- Court penalty assessment: $ 10.
- Surcharge: $ 4.
- EMS penalty assessment: $ 4.
- Other fees: $ 80.
Total: Around $ 160.
For a description of penalties and fees, go to www.courts.ca.gov/documents/SP11-17.pdf.
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