My question involves a traffic ticket from the state of: California
I hope everyone's day is going better than mine.
This is actually my first ticket that I have ever received and my first time getting pulled over for any violation.
I was taking my sister to school for an interview and I passed the street we normally take on the way there. I was going to make a right turn on red while the stop light perpendicular to that street was on green. I paused very briefly to check whether there was a pedestrian that was going to cross or if there was a car that was going to the particular street I was making a right turn to. The officer on a motorcycle pulled me over after I had already turned. Apparently I did not stop long enough on that red light and proceeded to issue me the ticket. I was going 25mph on a 35mph lane and I was very conscious of my surroundings since I have always been a careful driver.
I did some research on-line and saw that the ticket could cost me anywhere from $380-$400 with fees and what not. I have been going through some tough times and would appreciate any advice that could either help me contest the ticket, have the ticket dismissed if possible, or at least lower the fee. I considered going to traffic school but from what I heard the cost would be just about the same.
To be completely honest I do not know how to proceed at this point, and any advice on the matter would be greatly appreciated.