Correctable or "Fix-it" Violations
The officer marked my violation as correctable. What does it mean to have a correctable or "fix-it" violation? Well, some violations are correctable and some are not. So, you have to look at the ticket or the courtesy notice the court mails out to see how the traffic violation was marked on the ticket. To find this information, take a look at the middle of the ticket. You will see several horizontal lines which contain the code section and violations the officer cited you for doing (example: VC 22349(a) Speeding Over 65 mph). Now, if you look to the left of those violations you will see tiny boxes and above them they say Yes or No in regards to whether the violation is cited as correctable or not. If the box is checked "Yes" for correctable you can correct or fix the issue causing the violation and then show proof of the correction to the court to get the charge dismissed with a 425 dismissal fee instead of the fine amount.
How do you show proof of the correction? That will depend on the type of violation. If you flip your ticket over and look at the back you will notice there are some boxes on the back. Those boxes are for an officer to fill in stating that the officer has observed the correction. So, you can take the ticket and the proof of correction to any law enforcement officer, show them the correction, and ask the officer to sign off on the back side of the ticket. This works best on correctable violations such as window tint, registration, equipment or lighting violations, driving without a license or driving without a license in possession, etc. Then you bring the signed off ticket to court to show the court that you fixed the violation to get the violation dismissed. If you lose your ticket, there is also a spot for a sign off on a correctable violation on the courtesy notice that the court is mailing out to you. For insurance violations, they are usually marked as not correctable but if you show the court proof that you had valid insurance on the date of the ticket, the court will still dismiss that violation with a $25 dismissal fee.
Some correctable violations are the only violations on a ticket and other times they are added to non correctable violations. If that is the case and you decide to contest the non correctable violation you can show the proof of the correctable violation on the trial date for the non correctable violation. If you hire an attorney, like us we then show the proof of correction for you on the trial date.