How is speeding ticket cost calculated?

In California the total speeding ticket cost consist of the total of base fine plus several surcharges and penalties as follows:
  1. Base fine
  2. State Penalty assesment
  3. County Penalty assesment
  4. DNA Identification Fund Penalty
  5. State Court Construction Penalty
  6. Medical Services Emergency Fee
  7. Medical Air Transportation Emergency
  8. State Surcharge
  9. Court Operation Assessment
  10. Criminal Conviction Assesment
Description
up to 15 mph
over speed limit
16 to 25 mph
over speed limit
26+ mph
over speed limit
Base Fine
35 $
70 $
100 $
State Penalty assesment
10 $ for every 10 $ base fine
40 $
70 $
100 $
County Penalty assesment
7 $ for every 10 $ base fine
28 $
49 $
70 $
DNA Identification Fund Penalty
4 $ for every 10 $ base fine
16 $
28 $ 40 $

State Court Construction Penalty
5 $ for every 10 $ base fine
20 $
35 $
50 $
Emergency Medical Services Fee
2 $ for every 10 $ base fine
8 $
14 $
20 $
Medical Air Transportation Emergency
4 $
4 $
4 $
4 $
State Surcharge
20 % of base fine
7 $
14 $
20 $
Court Operation Assessment
40 $
40 $
40 $
40 $
Criminal Conviction Assesment
35 $
35 $
35 $
35 $
Night Court Assesment
1 $
1 $
1 $
1 $
TOTAL 234 $
360 $
480 $

How do online traffic schools work?

    Many states encourage the use of online traffic school for dismissal of speeding tickets. However when you receive one, you should always check with the respective court that is handling your traffic violation if and which online traffic schools are approved. Remember, traffic school does not remove the fine, it is used to keep your driving record clean resulting in low insurance rate. To be able to signup you will have to pay your fine and a respective administrative fee for using an online traffic school
    Once you have made sure of the above start searching for a traffic school by using a simple google search. Once you have decided be sure to fully understand the total cost you will have to pay. Some schools might try to charge you extra for verifying your credentials or issuing your certificate. Next step is to register for the course and take it when convenient as long as it is before a certain deadline. This means you can do this all at once if you are pressured by time or you can log in or log out whenever your daily schedule allows it
    The vast majority of online schools will require you to take one final exam, after you have completed the course. Here comes the verification part which can include different methods to make sure the exam is taken by the person who is given the ticket and not any other.. Once you pass the exams you need to check how your certificate needs to be processed further. It can be either emailed directly to the court, or can require a hand-written signature so they mail it to you and then after you sign it, you have to mail it to the court in question.
    One last thing is to make sure you follow up on your case, so contact the court or use their website to search for your driving license for example. You should be able to see if your case has been dismissed or not.

How to defend against photo radar speeding tickets

    Photo radar or a speed camera is basically a computer system connected to a radar speed gun, with a camera attached. Whenever a predefined speed is surpassed the radar gun detects this and the computer "instructs" the camera to take a shot of the front and rear of the vehicle. The aim is to make a clear picture of the license plate. Based on the license plate the citation is written and mailed to the registered address.
    Those speeding tickets are very very easy to beat. The best thing you can do is to dispose of the ticket immediately. If no signed  return receipt was requested, there is no actual proof that you ever got the ticket and there is no way you could get prosecuted on that. The state just wants you to pay the fine and not ask questions. This is a huge income stream for some communities and lot of people fall for this trick without knowing their rights. A very important aspect of your defense is is the fact that in court the accuser must be present for someone to be accused. A good lawyer can use this in your favor as the speed camera obviously can not appear in court. The most common used defense technique is the sixth amendment right against self incrimination, which would allow you to not confirm yourself as the driver of the car that was shot speeding.  
     To not go to court at all you can have in mind those two methods for bypassing a photo radar and make the pictures taken unusable for legal action. You can either remove or bend your front license plate so it can not be photographed. Iif pulled over at all  you will get a negligible fine. Another way to try trick the radar is to put a think clear coat of paint over the license plate. This would still make the plate readable by police officer eye but due to high-glare the camera lens will not be able to make clear and focused picture and the numbers will be almost impossible to distinguish
  Last thing to remember is that  the majority of  the speed camera pictures are not legible because either the license number is not clearly shown, or the make of the vehicle is impossible to be determined. Often driver's face is blurred or obstructed and his identity can not be verified . In fact the speeding ticket from photo radars is so easy to fight that most of the states have already abonded them as a speed monitoring option