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Like many cities in california, san francisco has been using automated enforcement systems (a.K.A. “red light cameras”) at many of its intersections for several years now. Although the stated purpose is (of course) for safety, the real reason is revenue. If you are the unlucky recipient of one of the how to save a lot of money fast citations in the mail (as yours truly recently was) then this website is for you. It explains your options and relates my experience with the how to save a lot of money fast san francisco court system. Your choices:

• trialâ + traffic school. This is probably the best option for most people. Go to the clerk. post bail (the amount of your ticket) and plead not-guilty.  get a time for trial. SHOW UP ON TIME. When the court session starts, the clerk will allow you to have your fine reduced how to save a lot of money fast to only $50 if you take traffic school (with a $30 fee). For a total of $80, you’re done and the points are not added to your how to save a lot of money fast license. NOTE: if you’ve already done traffic school in the past 18 months, you’re not eligible to do it again. Sorry.

• plead not-guilty. Lots of options here. You can skip the arraignment and demand your right to how to save a lot of money fast a speedy trial (within 45 days) by going to the clerk and posting the $371 bond. Sometimes, due to the short notice, the officer isn’t properly subpoenaed and won’t know that he/she needs to testify against you (this happened in my case). If the officer doesn’t appear to testify, your case is dismissed. Or, the officer could already be in court to testify against how to save a lot of money fast other people and will realize that she needs to testify how to save a lot of money fast against you too, and will testify anyway (yep, this happened to me).Or, you can go to your arraignment and plead not-guilty there. This gives you the chance to make pre-trial motions. This makes the process very drawn-out — expect your trial date to be many months in the how to save a lot of money fast future.

• people often say that with traffic cases you should plead how to save a lot of money fast not-guilty and take your chances that the officer won’t show up. (if the officer doesn’t show up, your case is immediately dismissed.) I would agree with this strategy for all non-red light camera tickets. However, from what I can tell, the officers assisting with the red light camera prosecutions do how to save a lot of money fast not have normal police “beats”, and instead have a desk job, probably in the same building. This means they have a high liklihood of showing up.

While the cameras themselves might be considered infallible, the city has errored in the way they are set how to save a lot of money fast up and operated. You should expect to LOSE at trial even if you how to save a lot of money fast object to the evidence on these grounds. HOWEVER, these MAY help you get your ticket overturned in appeal. That’s right, if you want any chance of winning, you will have to APPEAL. This takes a lot of time and energy. If you’re fed up and willing to put in the time how to save a lot of money fast it takes to appeal, then go ahead and plead not-guilty. Otherwise, don’t waste your time and take the $80 buy-out deal. What to do:

• go to the hall of justice (850 bryant st.) with a copy of your citation many weeks before your how to save a lot of money fast trial. Parking hint: you can park on 6th street after 9am. So show up at 8:59 and you’ll have all the free parking you want. Otherwise you might have to pay the garages that charge how to save a lot of money fast $6 for the first 1/2 hour. Go to the 5th floor, turn right at the hallway, and go to the end. This is the police legal department. Tell the friendly officers (really, they have always been very friendly in this office) that you want to fill out an “informal discovery request”. They will give you a short form. Fill it out, and the city’s “photo prosecution packet” will be sent to you. This is exactly what they will present at trial, which is always a good thing to have beforehand.

• the city has not property issued warning tickets as required how to save a lot of money fast by 21455.5. CVC (california vehicle code) 21455.5 allows cities to put up automated enforcement systems if how to save a lot of money fast they follow the guidelines set forth in the statue. One of the statutes is that “prior to issuing citations under this section, a local jurisdiction utilizing an automated traffic enforcement system shall how to save a lot of money fast commence a program to issue only warning notices for 30 how to save a lot of money fast days.” while most cities (I believe san francisco is included) took this to mean warning tickets only needed to be how to save a lot of money fast issued 30 days before the first camera in a city, a recent court ruling in southern california mandated that EACH how to save a lot of money fast camera is succeptible to the 30-day rule. At trial, I suggest asking the prosecution’s witness (the officer) if they issued only warning tickets for the first 30 how to save a lot of money fast days of YOUR camera’s operation.

• CVC 21455.5 also has very strict requirement with respect to intersection how to save a lot of money fast signage. 21455.5(a) basically says the city has to label an AES-enabled intersection from all sides. There is one exception: if they choose not to label the intersection from all how to save a lot of money fast sides, then it can “posts signs at all major entrances to the city, including, at a minimum, freeways, bridges, and state highway routes.” note that san francisco DOES NOT post the required signs how to save a lot of money fast on major city entrances like bridges, freeways, and state highway routes. Instead, they choose to label major freeway exits. This is not compliant with the letter or the spirit how to save a lot of money fast of the law. While some AES-enforced intersections ARE labeled with signage in all direction, many are completely un-labeled meaning the city is falling back on the fact how to save a lot of money fast that they think they’ve labeled the “freeways, bridges, and state highway routes”. If you bring this up at trial (as I did) expect to LOSE. By bringing it up at trial, though, you can use it in your appeal.

• try to subpoena the camera’s “source code”. The camera is more than a camera. It’s a computer. You have the right to question your accuser in court. Your accuser is this computer. You should have the right to know exactly how it how to save a lot of money fast is programmed. If this motion is granted, you will probably never see the “source code” (it’s a trade secret) and therefore I would expect the prosecution to drop the how to save a lot of money fast charges. It’s worth a shot. It will probably help your case if you know how how to save a lot of money fast (ie have the credentials) to interpet any “source code” that you might receive.

• the camera is disallowed under california’s “speed trap” laws. This is a very interesting one, and will take further research. CVC 40801 forbids speed traps in california. “what does this have to do with red light cameras?” you might ask. Well, let me tell you. CVC 40801 says “no peace officer or other person shall use a speed how to save a lot of money fast trap in arresting, or participating or assisting in the arrest of, any person for any alleged violation of this code nor how to save a lot of money fast shall any speed trap be used in securing evidence as how to save a lot of money fast to the speed of any vehicle for the purpose of how to save a lot of money fast an arrest or prosecution under this code.” CVS 40802 says “A particular section of a highway measured as to distance how to save a lot of money fast and with boundaries marked, designated, or otherwise determined in order that the speed of a how to save a lot of money fast vehicle may be calculated by securing the time it takes how to save a lot of money fast the vehicle to travel the known distance.” what does this mean to you? Well, the red light computer decided to take a picture of how to save a lot of money fast you because you were headed for the intersection at a how to save a lot of money fast rate of speed high enough to assume that you were how to save a lot of money fast going to go past the ‘stop line’. It knew this because there are coils of wire in how to save a lot of money fast the pavement in each lane that are a set distance how to save a lot of money fast apart. It calculated your speed by securing the time it takes how to save a lot of money fast your vehicle to travel the known distance. Sound familiar? CVC 40801 now says they can’t use this evidence to prosecute you. But they did anyway, and now you have grounds to fight it. I didn’t try this angle, but I have a feeling you’ll LOSE if you do. But I want to hear about how it went, so write to me.

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