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Q: I got a street racing ticket and so did the guy I was racing, everyone else was racing around us too. Can I fight it?

He was pulled over first but I pulled over on the other side of the parking lot to wait because I was following him to go somewhere. Our other friends were with us doing burnouts and racing at stoplights but the cop cut them all off to get to us. I want to know if I can fight it somehow?

Glenn Smith Valdez
Glenn Smith Valdez answered on Sep 17, 2018

Yes you can, and yes you should. A ticket like this has big consequences and keeping it off your driving record should be a priority. A Traffic Lawyer would be a big plus in dealing with this situation.

-Glenn Smith Valdez

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Q: i Got pulled over with my learners permit and I have to go to court by a certain date. What’s going to happen ?

I’m 17 and I have all my stuff to get my provisional it’s actually past the date I should have got it. I got a perfect score on my driving test and this is my first time getting pulled over I was going 44 in a 35 and I had 2 other people in the car with me there’s no amount for me to pay it... Read more »

Glenn Smith Valdez
Glenn Smith Valdez answered on Jul 16, 2018

Get your provisional and go to court. Negotiate with the officer and ask him or her tax agree to a deferred sentence. You will pay court costs but if you get the deferred sentence And don’t get any tickets for 90 days your record will remain clean.

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Q: I'm a cdl driver and had a different do to wind and getting charged with careless driving what should I do
Glenn Smith Valdez
Glenn Smith Valdez answered on Jun 4, 2018

When a careless driving charge involves a crash, the cases are more complicated and difficult to deal with. Sometimes that complication can be used by a good attorney to help win the case. A great attorney will request all of the discovery, witness statements, video, crash reports. They will review... Read more »

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Q: If an officer didn't give me a paper ticket when stopped, should I be expecting one in the mail?
Glenn Smith Valdez
Glenn Smith Valdez answered on May 14, 2018

It depends. In very rare cases, an officer will have a Summons issued to have you appear in court for a traffic violation. However, that typically is in situations where ther is a crash. You said you were pulled over. What did the officer tell you? Perhaps he or she just gave you a warning? Think... Read more »

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Q: I got a speeding ticket for going 72 In a 45, the officer said if I take a driving saftey course, nothing will show up..

.. on my record. It also has a $365 fine.. is there any way I can not pay that much?

Glenn Smith Valdez
Glenn Smith Valdez answered on May 10, 2018

Without looking at your citation it is a difficult question to answer. You should contact the court and see what they can tell you about the situation. You are on the right track wanting to keep it off your driving record. The fine is very high as well and you should try to avoid paying that if... Read more »

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Q: Can you be charged with careless driving in a private parking lot?

I accidentally hit a pedestrian in a parking lot while driving approximately 13 mph. I was simply not paying attention to the road because of fatigue. The pedestrian suffered a fractured ankle. I was charged with reckless driving under the New Mexico Statute, however I do not think that reckless... Read more »

Glenn Smith Valdez
Glenn Smith Valdez answered on Apr 25, 2018

Careless driving does not apply in a parking lot. Reckless, however, can be committed in a parking lot. Reckless has a higher “mens rea” or intent element, meaning simply being negligent will not suffice. It also carries mandatory jail. This is a serious offense. You should consult with an... Read more »

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Q: How long can your license be suspended for not paying a ticket
Glenn Smith Valdez
Glenn Smith Valdez answered on Apr 24, 2018

You license will be suspended until you meet conditions for reinstatement: until you pay the ticket. If you are caught driving while your license is suspended, you are facing mandatory jail time and an additional one year suspension of your license. You should pay your ticket promptly, before the... Read more »

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Q: Careless driving, doing 106 on a 55 zone what could happen?

Officer stated that i also had my 2 year old daughter in the rear seat

Glenn Smith Valdez
Glenn Smith Valdez answered on Apr 12, 2018

While jail is a possibility with a careless driving charge in New Mexico - (up to 9 days and up to a $300 fine) it is very very unlikely. Quite simply, the jails in our state are overcrowded and expensive to run, the last thing most judges want to do is put the mother of a two-year old in jail. You... Read more »

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