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Can I Beat a Red Light Camera Ticket?

Posted by Robert Berglund | Feb 22, 2023

Red light camera tickets are issued based on photographic evidence, which can make it difficult to dispute the ticket.  However, you may still be able to challenge the ticket if you have a valid defense.

Below are some possible defenses that a good Los Angeles traffic ticket attorney will look at to help you beat a red light camera ticket.

  1. You were not driving the vehicle.  If you were not the person driving the vehicle at the time of the violation, you can challenge the ticket by providing evidence that someone else was driving.  It is the person driving that committed the offense.  This may not be the registered owner of the vehicle, who is the one that received the ticket. 

  2. The photo is unclear or inaccurate.  There must be a clear photo of the driver of the vehicle.  If the photo is unclear or does not clearly show that you ran a red light, you may be able to argue that the ticket is invalid.

  3. The yellow light was too short.  If you can show that the yellow light was too short, you may be able to argue that there was not enough time for you to safely stop.  There is a minimum duration for the yellow light depending on the speed limit.  For example, if the speed limit is 30 miles per hour the light must remain yellow for 3.2 seconds.

  4. The traffic signal was malfunctioning.  If you can prove that the traffic signal was not working properly when you entered the intersection, you may be able to argue that you did not commit a violation.

  5. The camera was not properly maintained.  If you can show that the camera was not functioning properly or had not been properly maintained, you may be able to argue that the ticket did not meet the proper California Vehicle Code requirements

If you received a "Notice of Violation" in the mail, call our Los Angeles traffic ticket attorney today at (877) 667-1205 or submit our CONTACT form. 

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