PENALTIES and ASSESSMENTS
What is a Penalty Assessment?
It is an amount added to the base bail and base fine amounts on infraction,
misdemeanor and felony offenses.
The current penalty assessment (effective June 10, 2010), is $26.00 for every $10.00 of the base fine amount or portion
thereof as set forth by the California State Legislature. The $26.00 penalty assessment is charged pursuant to
Penal Code 1464 and Government Codes 76000, 70372, 76104.6, 76104.7 and 76000.5
|Example of a Vehicle Code Fine||Where the money goes:|
|Base Fine Amount||$25.00||Court Automation 2%, County Funds 24%, City Funds 74%|
|Penalty Assessments ($78.00)||$30.00||State Penalty Fund-PC 1464 ($10.00 for every $10.00)|
|$21.00||County Penalty Fund-GC 76000 ($7.00 for every $10.00)|
|$15.00||State Court Facilities Const Fund-GC 70372 ($5.00 for every $10.00)|
|$12.00||DNA Identification Fund-GC 76104/GC 76104.7 ($4.00 for every $10.00)|
|State Surcharge||$5.00||State General Fund-PC 1465.7 (20% of Base Fine)|
|Court Security Fee||$40.00||Fund Security for Courts-PC 1465.8|
|Conviction Assessment||$35.00||Fund Building/Maintenance for Courts-GC 70373
(#35.00 per Infraction conviction)
|Administrative Assessment||$10.00||Fund Administrative Costs-Priors/DMV-VC 40508.6 ($10.00 per case)|
Traffic SchoolThe bail / fine amount for traffic school is calculated the same as above plus an Administrative Fee of $52.00
(Vehicle Code 11205(e) & 42007.1). In addition, each Traffic School charges a program/attendance fee that is
exclusive to their school.
Proof of CorrectionPursuant to Vehicle Code 40611, when submitting proof of correction on a correctible violation, there is a $25.00
transaction fee for each correctible violation.
The Court's ResponsibilityThe trial courts are required to follow the laws passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor.
They are not responsible for creating those laws. If you are concerned with the amount of your fine,
contact your state legislator.