Stop Sign Tickets (VC 22450)
Most everyone has done it before. You’re driving late at night and there’s nobody around. You are approaching a stop sign. You start slowing down gradually, then get to the sign, and continue to roll your car through the stop sign. Then, before you know it, blue and red lights start flashing behind you. You’ve just received a traffic ticket for running a stop sign in violation of California Vehicle Code 22450.
What Are the Elements of California Vehicle Code 22450?
To be convicted of a Stop Sign violation under California Vehicle Code Section 21450, the prosecution must prove the following elements beyond a reasonable doubt:
- You approached a stop sign while driving a vehicle;
- The stop sign was at the entrance of or within an intersection or railroad crossing;
- You failed to come to a complete and total stop at:
- A limit line;
- A crosswalk; or
- The entrance to the intersection or railroad crossing (if there is no marked crosswalk or limit line).
What is the Punishment for This Infraction?
If you are convicted of running a Stop Sign, you will be forced to pay a fine of $234, including penalty assessments. In addition, because this is a moving violation, you will also receive a point on driving record. If you receive four points on your record within a 12 month period, the DMV may suspend your license.
What Are Some Possible Defenses That a Skilled Attorney Can Use in Your Case?
- False testimony: Your attorney can cross-examine the police officer about facts and circumstances surrounding the stop, putting reasonable doubt in the Judge’s mind as to whether the police officer’s story is valid. For example, your attorney can argue where the officer was positioned. If the officer was in an area in which his view was obstructed, it would not be feasible for the officer to have seen you run the stop sign.
- Lack of knowledge: If the stop sign was not visible (perhaps it was blocked by a tree or covered in graffiti), and you were unable to see the stop sign, you may have a valid defense.
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Stop Sign Violations
At Wallin & Klarich, we often receive questions regarding stop sign violations and other traffic infractions. Here are some of the most common questions we receive regarding stop sign violations:
- Can I still be convicted of running a stop sign if I slow down but don’t completely stop?
Yes, you must come to a complete and total stop at a stop sign in order to avoid being ticketed.
- Will I be cited if I stop in front of the limit line or crosswalk instead of behind it?
Yes, you must stop BEFORE the limit line or crosswalk.
- How do I know if I am making a full and complete stop?
When you approach a stop sign, stop so that your car is no longer in motion and count to three seconds before moving forward again to go through the intersection. This can help you avoid another $234 fine in the future.
Contact Wallin & Klarich Today
If you or a loved one has been cited for running a stop sign, it is a good idea to speak to an experienced traffic attorney immediately. At Wallin & Klarich, our attorneys have over 40 years of experience defending persons cited for stop sign violations. Our attorneys will fight to get you the best possible outcome in your case.
With offices in Los Angeles, Sherman Oaks, Torrance, Tustin, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, West Covina and Victorville, there is an experienced Wallin & Klarich Southern California traffic attorney near you no matter where you work or live.
Call us today at (877) 4-NO-JAIL or (877) 466-5245 for a free phone consultation. We will be there when you call.