Dallas, TX asked in Traffic Tickets for Texas

Q: Can I get a speeding ticket when I only have my permit?

I am 19, and I was supposedly going 17 over the speed (77 in a 60) and there wasn't a sign posted to show the speed when I merged on to the road and didn't see one once I got pulled over. I swear I thought it was 70, but since I thought it was, yes, I was still going 77 without noticing. I only have a permit that has the one restriction of lofs 21 or over and the cop didn't check the passenger for their license so I don't think they noticed the restriction. (Yes, the passenger was licensed and 24). So, what are the legal conditions since I only have a permit?

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2 Lawyer Answers

Grant St Julian III

Answered
  • Traffic Tickets Lawyer
  • Dallas, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: Yes, you can be issued a speeding citation even if you only have a permit, and you must respond to any allegations filed against you.

Roxann Pais Cotroneo

Answered
  • Washington, DC
  • Licensed in Texas

A: You must contact the court and enter a plea. You may plea "guilty, no contest, or not guilty". To keep this citation off your driving records, you need to ask the court for deferred adjudication, which will require you to pay a certain amount of money within a specified time period and not commit any other violations. There are serious consequences if you are found guilty and convicted so please try to keep off your record. Here is link to learn more about Texas Driver Responsibility Program:

https://www.dps.texas.gov/internetforms/Forms/DL-103.pdf

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