In California, the fines and penalties for traffic violations and tickets vary according to the violation. They can range from a relatively small fine to increasingly larger fines, points on your driving record, increased insurance rates, suspension of your driver’s license, probation, and even jail time and a criminal record.
If you are pulled over and issued a ticket, by signing that ticket you agree to either pay the associated fine or appear in court on the assigned date. When you pay that fine, you admit to guilt and have no other recourse. When you decide to go to court, you are setting yourself up for long lines and wait times, with no guarantee of success. Or, if you neglect to pay the fine or do not show up in court on the appointed date, you could be charged with a “failure to pay” or “contempt of court.” In this case, the penalties will be even harsher, and a warrant could be issued for your arrest. Don’t let this happen to you.