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Q: I got pulled over for being in carpool but the officer incorrectly wrote my last name and license number?

I got a ticket for being in the car pool lane by myself. I got a notice in the mail to pay the fine but I noticed that my last name is spelled incorrectly and my license number is incorrect. I also had no license plate number because I had just bought a new car. Can I ignore this ticket or is there... Read more »

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Kenneth Hallum answered on Jun 29, 2017

You may luck out, however keep a very watchful eye. Though your identifying information is not accurate, it would take little effort to correct, and the citation could be filed and attached to you with the court. You may consider using the court website to monitor if a citation case appears in your... Read more »

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Q: Failure to appear for traffic ticket in santa Maria, Ca. Due to moving to orange county. Did not receive forwarded mail.

Ticket was sent to the FTB and my license was suspended. How do I resolve this issue? I have no income.

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Kenneth Hallum answered on Jun 21, 2017

Are you sure your license was suspended, or was it a hold placed? Huge difference. In either case you need to contact the court. You may have to set a payment plan or request a community service in lieu of the fine. Then contact DMV to address the suspension (if you were truly suspended), or you... Read more »

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Q: Ticket for not stopping at a red light?

So i got a ticket for not stopping at red light to make a right turn. I did stop at the light but my problem was that I did not stop behind the marked line. And since i was driving in a town where speed limit is lower compared to sacramento. I was new to the town and i didnt see any speed signs... Read more »

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Kenneth Hallum answered on Jun 13, 2017

You may try to use what the officer wrote on the ticket against him, unfortunately this may not yield the results you hope for. Understand the ticket is merely a "notice," and "promise to appear." As a notice, it serves to inform you of the alleged violation, more specific the alleged code you... Read more »

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Q: Do I still have to pay a ticket if I can't find it online?
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Kenneth Hallum answered on Jun 9, 2017

It is not uncommon for courts to be back logged on inputting citations in to their respective systems. Ultimately they (the court) have one year to address/file your citation. Most likely when you received the citation you signed a "a promise to appear on or before," a specified date. It would be... Read more »

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Q: Speeding ticket wo insurance fine

Hello i live in California and was recently pulled over for speeding going 20 mph over speed limit. I was driving my brothers car at the time and do not hold an insurance for the car. When I got pulled over, the officier simply just asked for my license and didn't ask for car insurance, but I know... Read more »

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Kenneth Hallum answered on Jun 9, 2017

Do not assume you will be facing "no insurance." The courts have no way of knowing, and if the officer did not cite you for the insurance then it is not a charge for the court to consider. The courts handle insurance a few ways. If there is no insurance, and no insurance acquired after the... Read more »

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Q: Do you have to stop for a pedestrian on the sidewalk waiting to cross in a marked mid-block crosswalk?

I've researched that if they're in the crosswalk you need to yield, but if they have not stepped into the street is yielding necessary? Some mid-block crosswalks are on very busy roads and it seems unsafe to stop in the flow of traffic.

Kenneth Hallum
Kenneth Hallum answered on Jun 9, 2017

You may have answered your own question. If a pedestrian is not in the crosswalk, rather still on the sidewalk then there is nothing to yield to. Becomes a question of fact, the pedestrian standing on the curb at the crosswalk waiting, or the pedestrian walking down the sidewalk then stepping... Read more »

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Q: I got pulled over and I dont have a license. If I get it before court, do I still have to pay the fine
Kenneth Hallum
Kenneth Hallum answered on May 22, 2017

You will most likely still have to pay a fine of some sort, however having your license in hand on the day of court will help reduce these consequences. You can hope the court merely assesses the administrative fine associated with fix-it tickets, rather than any license issue fines (would save a... Read more »

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Q: I received four correctable violations, two have been fixed the other two I haven't been able to because of finances?

I fixed the cracked windshield and brake light but have been unable to pass smog because I can't pinpoint the evap leak yet. I've tried multiple fixes first still no luck. I'm broke and can only afford to fix things one at a time when I can put together the money. Can I get an extension for... Read more »

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Kenneth Hallum answered on May 16, 2017

You can always ask the court for an extension. If you are bi longer eligible for an extension from the clerk, set the matter for trial. At the trial, explain the circumstances to the Judge. Most Jusges will be accommodating to allow time to fix things. Just have your documents and proof of your... Read more »

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Q: car towed for driving with suspended license. Was it mandatory to be towed for 30 days if suspended for unpaid tickets?

Is there any way I can get my car out of the towing place before the 30 days?

Kenneth Hallum
Kenneth Hallum answered on May 16, 2017

The 30 day hold on the vehicle is authorized by the vehicle code, specifically relating to suspended licenses. The managing authority is the law enforcement agency that towed the vehicle. That is who you would have a hearing with, the cops who ordered the tow. Experience is that if the car is in... Read more »

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