Santa Clarita Exhibition of Speed Defense Lawyer
The offense of exhibition of speed, street racing or speed contest is a serious offense in Santa Clarita.  
The Court will impose serious punishment if convicted.  For example, many judges will suspend the
individual's drivers license if convicted.   However, a Lawyer can fight the case for you, negotiate with
the District Attorney and possibly get the charges dropped thereby saving you from jail time, loss of
license and points on your driving record.  The law of exhibition of speed or street racing in California
is as follows:

Vehicle Code 23109. Speed contests and exhibitions of speed; Punishment

(a)  A person shall not engage in a motor vehicle speed contest on a highway. As used in this section,
a motor vehicle speed contest includes a motor vehicle race against another vehicle, a clock, or other
timing device. For purposes of this section, an event in which the time to cover a prescribed route of
more than 20 miles is measured, but where the vehicle does not exceed the speed limits, is not a
speed contest.
(b)  A person shall not aid or abet in any motor vehicle speed contest on any highway.
(c)  A person shall not engage in a motor vehicle exhibition of speed on a highway, and a person shall
not aid or abet in a motor vehicle exhibition of speed on any highway.
(d)  A person shall not, for the purpose of facilitating or aiding or as an incident to any motor vehicle
speed contest or exhibition upon a highway, in any manner obstruct or place a barricade or obstruction
or assist or participate in placing a barricade or obstruction upon any highway.
(e)  (1)  A person convicted of a violation of subdivision (a) shall be punished by imprisonment in a
county jail for not less than 24 hours nor more than 90 days or by a fine of not less than three hundred
fifty-five dollars ($355) nor more than one thousand dollars ($1,000), or by both that fine and
imprisonment. That person shall also be required to perform 40 hours of community service. The court
may order the privilege to operate a motor vehicle suspended for 90 days to six months, as provided in
paragraph (8) of subdivision (a) of Section 13352. The person's privilege to operate a motor vehicle
may be restricted for 90 days to six months to necessary travel to and from that person's place of
employment and, if driving a motor vehicle is necessary to perform the duties of the person's
employment, restricted to driving in that person's scope of employment. This subdivision does not
interfere with the court's power to grant probation in a suitable case.
(2)  If a person is convicted of a violation of subdivision (a), exhibition of speed, or street racing and
that violation proximately causes bodily injury to a person other than the driver, the person convicted
shall be punished by imprisonment in a county jail for not less than 30 days nor more than six months
or by a fine of not less than five hundred dollars ($500) nor more than one thousand dollars ($1,000),
or by both that fine and imprisonment.
(f)  (1)  If a person is convicted of a violation of subdivision (a) for an offense that occurred within five
years of the date of a prior offense that resulted in a conviction of a violation of subdivision (a), that
person shall be punished by imprisonment in a county jail for not less than four days nor more than six
months, and by a fine of not less than five hundred dollars ($500) nor more than one thousand dollars
($1,000).
(2)  If the perpetration of the most recent offense within the five-year period described in paragraph (1)
proximately causes bodily injury to a person other than the driver, a person convicted of that second
violation shall be imprisoned in a county jail for not less than 30 days nor more than six months and by
a fine of not less than five hundred dollars ($500) nor more than one thousand dollars ($1,000).
(3)  If the perpetration of the most recent offense within the five-year period described in paragraph (1)
proximately causes serious bodily injury, as defined in paragraph (4) of subdivision (f) of Section 243
of the Penal Code, to a person other than the driver, a person convicted of that second violation shall
be imprisoned in the state prison, or in a county jail for not less than 30 days nor more than one year,
and by a fine of not less than five hundred dollars ($500) nor more than one thousand dollars ($1,000).
(4)  The Santa Clarita Court shall order the privilege to operate a motor vehicle of a person convicted
under paragraph (1), (2), or (3)(3) suspended for a period of six months, as provided in paragraph (9)
of subdivision (a) of Section 13352. In lieu of the suspension, the person's privilege to operate a motor
vehicle may be restricted for six months to necessary travel to and from that person's place of
employment and, if driving a motor vehicle is necessary to perform the duties of the person's
employment, restricted to driving in that person's scope of employment.
(5)  This subdivision does not interfere with the court's power to grant probation in a suitable case.
(g)  If the court grants probation to a person subject to punishment under subdivision (f), in addition to
subdivision (f) and any other terms and conditions imposed by the court, which may include a fine, the
court shall impose as a condition of probation that the person be confined in a county jail for not less
than 48 hours nor more than six months. The court shall order the person's privilege to operate a
motor vehicle to be suspended for a period of six months, as provided in paragraph (9) of subdivision
(a) of Section 13352 or restricted pursuant to subdivision (f).
(h)  If a person is convicted of a violation of subdivision (a) and the vehicle used in the violation is
registered to that person, the vehicle may be impounded at the registered owner's expense for not less
than one day nor more than 30 days.
(i)  A person who violates subdivision (b), (c), or (d) shall upon conviction of that violation be punished
by imprisonment in a county jail for not more than 90 days, by a fine of not more than five hundred
dollars ($500), or by both that fine and imprisonment.
(j)  If a person's privilege to operate a motor vehicle is restricted by a court pursuant to this section, the
court shall clearly mark the restriction and the dates of the restriction on that person's driver's license
and promptly notify the Department of Motor Vehicles of the terms of the restriction in a manner
prescribed by the department. The Department of Motor Vehicles shall place that restriction in the
person's records in the Department of Motor Vehicles and enter the restriction on a license
subsequently issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles to that person during the period of the
restriction.
(k)  The court may order that a person convicted under this section, who is to be punished by
imprisonment in a county jail, be imprisoned on days other than days of regular employment of the
person, as determined by the court.
(l )  This section shall be known and may be cited as the Louis Friend Memorial Act.

If you or a loved one has been arrested or issued a citation for this offense in Santa Clarita or
Valencia, call us to discuss your options.  A
Santa Clarita Criminal Defense Attorney can help you to
avoid the consequences of a conviction.  Contact the criminal defense team today (661) 327-7833.

                                                        
New Law Update
New legislation in California now affects persons arrested or cited for speed  contests,
exhibition of speed and reckless driving.  SB 67, which takes effect in 2008, re-authorizes a
law that lapsed in 2006.  The Law allows police and other law enforcement officers to impound
and store a vehicle for up to 30 days following an arrest for street racing, speed contests,
exhibition of speed and reckless driving violations.  The law allows for the release of the
vehicle under certain circumstances.  Contact our office for help in getting a car released.