Why is my fine so high, or higher than I was told at the time of the violation?
There are many reasons why the actual fine (bail) is higher than you were told.
There are fees added by the court (that the ticketing officer is unaware of) that are required by the state government.
Also, if you have prior tickets on your record, additional fees are added.
You may be told $20 at the time you get the citation, and the actual fine is $80, or you may be told $100 and end up having to pay $300.
Until you get the fine amount from the court, you won't know the actual amount.
For more on fines, see the Bail Forfeiture (Paying Fines) page at this site.