Columbia, MD asked in Traffic Tickets for Maryland

Q: If the bus is stopped and waits to extend the stop sign right as I'm passing by it, will I still be fined?

The bus driver was waiting for me to pass by before extending the stop signs and it just so happened to extend it right as I'm passing by. Can I fight the fine?

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Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Towson, MD
  • Licensed in Maryland

A: You can always go to court to fight these tickets by requesting a trial within the time period listed on the citation. There are two types of tickets for passing a school bus. First, you can pulled over by a police officer. If this is the case, request a trial within 30 days and go to court. These tickets carry points and a large fine. If the police officer does not appear, you will be acquitted. If the police officer appears, you can have a trial. Even if you are convicted, the judge can offer probation before judgment which avoids the points.

The second types is where you can caught on camera. These tickets carry a large fine, but do not carry points. You will be able to view the video. If you decide to fight it, request a trial and the judge can review the video and you can testify. If you were already passing the bus when the yellow lights came on and the sign was extended, you may very well win.

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