I'm putting together a list of the various fines one can be charged with in California for radar / laser avoidance techniques. There is a convoluted system in California where a $25 ticket ends up costing the driver $163 when all the additional fees, penalties and surcharges are added. (Not applicable to 1st time fix-it tickets.) This is meant as a general guide. As always, do the homework yourself if you want to be 100% sure of anything. The dollar amounts shown below are the out the door price you will pay for the first offense / second offense. The M or I after the VC is for Misdemeanor or Infraction. In a nutshell, it is a $25 infraction for most 1st time violations except for license plate covers if the LEO determines it is for avoidance of tickets, and for selling jamming devices. Unless I am missing something, the fines are not as bad as I expected. For detailed breakdown of all the CA fines, here is the link:
(*Will enter/edit link after I have 15 posts.*)
Here is my condensed version 1.0 of possible fines related to laser / radar avoidance:
VC Section ............... Violation ........................ Total cost 1st time / 2nd time.
4457 I Failure to Replace Lost, Damaged Plate $25 / $163
4464 I Altered License Plate $25/ $163
5200(a)I Front Plate Required $25 / $163
5201 I Plates Improperly Positioned $25 / $163
5201(f)(1-2)I Illegal License Plate Covering $25 / $163
5201.1 I Illegal to Sell Device to Obscure Plate. $250 per item sold.
5201(g)I License Plate - Device to Obstruct or Impair Electronic Device $163 / $163
28150(a,b)I Equipping Vehicle With or Possession of Jamming Equipment $25 / $163
(There are other serious laws / penalties for RADAR jamming, compared to LASER jamming.)
28150(d)M Possession of Four or More Jamming Devices $760 / $760
Vehicle Code Sections:
4457. If any registration card or license plate is stolen, lost, mutilated, or illegible, the owner of the vehicle for which the same was issued, as shown by the records of the department, shall immediately make application for and may, upon the applicant
furnishing information satisfactory to the department, obtain a duplicate or a substitute or a new registration under a new registration number, as determined to be most advisable by the department. An application for a duplicate registration card is not required in conjunction with any other application.
4464. No person shall display upon a vehicle a license plate
altered from its original markings.
5200. (a) When two license plates are issued by the department for use upon a vehicle, they shall be attached to the vehicle for which they were issued, one in the front and the other in the rear.
(b) When only one license plate is issued for use upon a vehicle, it shall be attached to the rear thereof, unless the license plate is issued for use upon a truck tractor, in which case the license plate shall be displayed in accordance with Section 4850.5.
5201. License plates shall at all times be securely fastened to the vehicle for which they are issued so as to prevent the plates from swinging, shall be mounted in a position so as to be clearly visible, and shall be maintained in a condition so as to be clearly legible. The rear license plate shall be mounted not less than 12 inches nor
more than 60 inches from the ground, and the front license plate shall be mounted not more than 60 inches from the ground, except as
(a)... (b)... (c)... (d)... (e)... (Deleted truck plate stuff.)
(f) A covering shall not be used on license plates except as follows:
(1) The installation of a cover over a lawfully parked vehicle to protect it from the weather and the elements does not constitute a violation of this subdivision. Any peace officer or other regularly salaried employee of a public agency designated to enforce laws, including local ordinances, relating to the parking of vehicles may
temporarily remove so much of the cover as is necessary to inspect any license plate, tab, or indicia of registration on a vehicle.
(2) The installation of a license plate security cover is not a violation of this subdivision if the device does not obstruct or impair the recognition of the license plate information, including, but not limited to, the issuing state, license plate number, and
registration tabs, and the cover is limited to the area directly over the top of the registration tabs. No portion of a license plate security cover shall rest over the license plate number.
(g) A casing, shield, frame, border, product, or other device that obstructs or impairs the reading or recognition of a license plate by an electronic device operated by state or local law enforcement, an electronic device operated in connection with a toll road,
high-occupancy toll lane, toll bridge, or other toll facility, or a remote emission sensing device, as specified in Sections 44081 and 44081.6 of the Health and Safety Code, shall not be installed on, or affixed to, a vehicle.
(h) (1)... (A)... (B) (i)... (ii)... (2)... (3)... (4)... (Delete disabled plate sticker stuff.)
5201.1. (a) A person shall not sell a product or device that obscures, or is intended to obscure, the reading or recognition of a license plate, as prohibited by subdivision (g) of Section 5201.
(b) A conviction for a violation of subdivision (a) is punishable by a fine of two hundred fifty dollars ($250) per item sold.
28150. (a) No vehicle shall be equipped with any device that is designed for, or is capable of, jamming, scrambling, neutralizing, disabling, or otherwise interfering with radar, laser, or any other electronic device used by a law enforcement agency to measure the speed of moving objects.
(b) No person shall use, buy, possess, manufacture, sell, or otherwise distribute any device that is designed for jamming, scrambling, neutralizing, disabling, or otherwise interfering with radar, laser, or any other electronic device used by a law enforcement agency to measure the speed of moving objects.
(c) Except as provided in subdivision (d), a violation of subdivision (a) or (b) is an infraction.
(d) When a person possesses four or more devices in violation of subdivision (b), the person is guilty of a misdemeanor.
(e) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a person who has a valid federal license for operating the devices described in this section may transport one or more of those devices if the license is carried in the vehicle transporting the device at all times when the device is being transported.