Exhibition of Speed

Accused of exhibition of Speed?  Call 916-546-8052 for a free consultation to discuss your case.

Exhibition of Speed (Vehicle Code 23109(c)) is a wobbler under California law, meaning it can be charged as a misdemeanor or an infraction.  It is a very serious traffic offense and can carry with it up to 90 days of jail time.

Typically exhibition of speed is charged when a police officer observes;

  1. A person causing their tires to break traction (“burning out”) in a vehicle,
  2. A motorcyclist doing wheelies, or
  3. Anything to show off the speed of their vehicle.

Often people are wrongfully accused of exhibition of speed because of some other reason.  The officer may have the wrong vehicle, or the vehicle may have mechanical problems causing it to shift roughly, causing the tires to spin.  Officers will often cite vehicles for exhibition of speed when they are simply speeding.

The penalties for exhibition of speed vary depending on the facts.  If charged as a misdemeanor the possible penalties include:

  1. Three to five years summary (informal) probation,
  2. Up to 90 days in the county jail,
  3. Fines up to $500 before penalties and assessments,
  4. Possible license suspension by the court, and
  5. Two points on your driving record.

Not all penalties need be imposed in every case. We will be able to negotiate a plea deal, if appropriate for the facts of your case.  If not appropriate, then we can then set the case for trial, preparing to fight the case in front of a jury.

If you or your loved one has been arrested or cited for exhibition of speed, do not hesitate to contact us at 916-546-8052 immediately to discuss your case.  Protect your rights and get the best possible outcome available.  Our firm handles these cases all over California, including in Sacramento, Yolo, Placer, El Dorado, Sutter, San Joaquin, and Nevada Counties.


Additional Resources

California DMV – Speed Contest and Exhibition of Speed (http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d11/vc23109.htm