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Speeding Ticket Fines

In California, suggested fines and penalties for infractions such as speeding are set at the state level, and are published in the state's Uniform Bail and Penalty Schedules. One of the interesting quirks of the state's judicial system is the fact that the actual fine amount for the California speeding ticket is only the beginning of what you'll have to pay. The state applies penalties to each fine that's assessed, and these penalties can double or triple the amount you actually owe the court. For example, take a look at this table of suggested fines and penalties from the Uniform Bail and Penalty Schedules.

MPH
over 
limit
Base
Fine
State
Penalty
Assesment
(PA)
County PA DNA PA
Court Facility
Construction PA
20% Surcharge EMS PA Total Cost to You
1-15 mph    $35 $40 $28 $8 $20 $7 $8 $146
16-25 mph $70
$70 $49 $14 $35 $14 $14 $266
26 and over $100 $100 $70 $20 $50 $20 $20 $380


Wow...isn't it amazing how the state of California can turn a $35 fine into a $146 fine? However, the exact amount of the fine that you'll pay is set at the county level. The counties usually follow the state guidelines-but there may be additional court costs or penalties added at the county level. If you've been stopped, just remember to contact the appropriate court to verify the amount you'll have to pay.

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