Sacramento, CA asked in Traffic Tickets for California

Q: How are night court fees assessed for a traffic infringement that doesn't qualify?

I received a red light infraction for turning right on a camera intersection, and the initial paperwork stated that I did not qualify for night court. The second slip, which had my fine amount, has a Night Court fee. Why am I allowed to be charged for something they know I don't qualify for?

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Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
  • Traffic Tickets Lawyer
  • Newport Beach, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Traffic fines have a number of fees added to them based on County ordinances, and the County you are in. This is why a $20 Cell phone ticket costs $167, in OC. Most likely the fee you are mentioning is imposed on all traffic tickets within the county, to defray the cost of holding any night court sessions. These sessions call for the employment of Court staff, such as clerks and bailiffs, who are often working overtime hours after a regular shift.

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