Can I Attend Traffic School for my California Ticket?

A common question we are asked is, “Can I do traffic school for my California traffic ticket”?  Unfortunately the answer is not a simple yes or no.  This is because there are many factors to consider.

First, is this your first traffic ticket ever?  If yes then most likely yes, you can do traffic school.  There are limited circumstances which may disqualify you from traffic school such as speeding over 100 miles per hour, speeding 25 miles per hour over the limit, or being charged with reckless driving.

Second, if this is not your first traffic ticket, did you already complete traffic school for a prior ticket AND was that ticket within 18 months of the date you received the new ticket.  If the answer is yes then you CANNOT do traffic school.  Our advice is to fight that ticket.  This is because if the ticket is for a moving violation and you just pay that ticket then you will receive 1 point against your driving record and your insurance will go up significantly.  That 1 point stays on your record for 3 years, which means that your insurance will be high for each of the next 3 years too.

Third, are you an out of state driver’s license holder?  If you are then you need to check with your local state requirements to determine whether California traffic school will prevent the point from appearing on your state’s driving record.

Finally, if all of this seems too complicated, stressful or confusing then just call us for a free consultation.  We are here to help. 855-349-2849