Re: Possible to Reduce Fine for Vc 21453a
A violation of VC 21453(a) carries a statutory "BASE" fine of $100 (see VC 42001.15). After adding the other STATUTORY penalties and assessments, the TOTAL fine comes out to the $480 or so (may vary slightly by county).
That being said, I have seen/heard of judges who may overlook that code section and have reduced such fines. But you won't find out unless you appear before the judge and make the request in person.
If that fails, some courts offer payment plans (although that will cost you an additional $30 or so administrative fee) or community service in lieu of a fine (that too will cost you some $$ to get set up). You should check with the court clerk to see if either of those options are available through your local court.
I am right 97% of the time... Who cares about the other 4%!