Re: Ask for Fine Reduction for Red Light Photo Ticket
What was the date of the violation... And what date was the notice to appear issued?
California Vehicle Code Section 42001.15. Every person convicted of an infraction for a violation of subdivision (a) or (c) of Section 21453, subdivision (c) of Section 21454, or subdivision (a) of Section 21457 shall be punished by a fine of one hundred dollars ($100).
"Shall" means MUST... That makes the $100 BASE fine a statutory fine... and after adding in all the other statutory penalties and assessments, it comes out to $446. So, theoretically, judges do not have any discretion in reducing it, however, I have seen and heard of cases where it was reduced.
Personally, I feel that you may reap the benefit of a fine reduction by requesting it at your arraignment (your first court appearance when you enter your plea). By doing a TBD to simply ask for a fine reduction, you are wasting more of the court's time and the officer's time which may work to diminish your chances of getting it reduced.
None of that is legally relevant. As you stated, you were obviously in violation... Plus, we ALL start with a clean driving record with no tickets or accidents. And frankly, driving for 5 years with no incidents in no great feat... I drove for 16 years before receiving my first citation... That had no effect whatsoever on the outcome!
I am right 97% of the time... Who cares about the other 4%!