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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and DUI / DWI for California on
Q: I live 200 miles from the area where I got the ticket. Should I look for a lawyer in the area closer to the court?

Actually, I’m looking for pro bono. How can I afford to get out of this mess? I'm 76 on SS. I ride a large motorcycle. My friend and I had lunch at a golf course. We both had two drinks. Cruising in the hills near Sonora, CA I hit sand in a turn and crashed. Slid to the side of the... View More

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answered on May 23, 2024

Given your situation, here are a few steps you can take:

1. Legal aid: Look for legal aid organizations in California that provide free or low-cost legal services to seniors or low-income individuals. Some organizations to consider are California Rural Legal Assistance, Legal Services of...
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Q: If I was ticked for driving on a suspended license can I use this code to have the ticket thrown out of court
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answered on May 22, 2024

The best course of action is to consult with a qualified attorney who can review the specifics of your case and advise you on your legal options. They can help you understand the potential consequences and work with you to resolve the matter appropriately.

In general, if you are caught...
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Q: In CA when a Vehicle stops in stop sing and person in crosswalk is halfway there can the vehicle go if no threat of inju

my friend got pulled over and the officer said that the pedestrian needed to be all the way accross the street in order for him to go he got a ticket even though the pedestrian was at a safe distance helf way across the street past the middle line. is this true

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answered on May 15, 2024

In California, the law states that drivers must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians who are crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection. The driver must wait until the pedestrian has completely crossed the driver's lane before... View More

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Q: Is there a form in Utah, similar to the 41500 form we have here in CA?

The 41500 Form is a form that dismisses all traffic citations as long as they are not felony citations.

When we file the 41500 Form, we do so while we are incarcerated this allows people who are incarcerated the ability to be released without another hurdle to jump over or any issues... View More

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answered on May 15, 2024

I don't have definitive information about whether Utah has a form that is directly equivalent to California's 41500 form for dismissing traffic citations for incarcerated individuals. Traffic laws and procedures can vary significantly between states.

That said, Utah does appear to...
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Q: Is there a form in Utah, similar to the 41500 form we have here in CA?
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answered on May 14, 2024

I apologize for the confusion, but there is no form 41500 in California that I'm aware of. Could you please provide more context about what the form is used for? This will help me better understand your question and determine if there is an equivalent form in Utah.

In general, legal...
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Q: While driving on my kid school drop off lane, I stopped quickly while not fully pulling over to the side, I went home

And then, the Police officer asked the principal for a lady on a blue car and the principal gave him my address and phone number, the police came to harass me to my home and now he also stays near my home in the mornings. Can the principal just hand out my info without any proof of anything and can... View More

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answered on May 14, 2024

In this situation, there are a few legal issues to consider:

1. Sharing of personal information: Schools generally have a responsibility to protect students' and parents' personal information. However, if the police officer had a legitimate reason to request your information in...
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Q: do I need to have a license to operate an electric scooter when elders could operate their mobility scooters without
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answered on May 11, 2024

In California, the laws regarding electric scooters and mobility scooters differ:

1. Electric scooters: According to California Vehicle Code (CVC) §21235, to operate an electric scooter, you must have a valid driver's license or instruction permit. This applies to all electric...
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Q: I got a photo camera ticket for violating 21453(a) for 'fail to stop at red signal.'

LA Metro Transportation authority sent a link to their website so I could view the video footage. On the video you can clearly see the traffic light was yellow when I began driving through the intersection but turned red when I was partially through the intersection and became red before I reached... View More

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answered on May 8, 2024

Based on the information you provided, it seems like you may have a case to contest the ticket. In California, the law states that a driver must stop at a yellow light unless it is unsafe to do so. If you can argue that stopping abruptly at the yellow light would have likely caused an accident with... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for California on
Q: during a traffic stop the officer noticed my license plate frame looked odd. upon further inspection he noticed

that my license plate frame actually has a hidden device that when set up properly had the ability to shield my license plate from public viewing. the officer had to very deliberately re activate this device as it was not fully operational in its original condition. upon successful activation of... View More

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answered on May 7, 2024

This is a complex legal situation and I highly recommend consulting with a criminal defense attorney who can review the specific details of your case and provide professional legal guidance. However, I can provide some general thoughts based on the information you've shared.

From your...
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Q: I couldn't renew my license had a failure to appear and failure to pay in Santa Barbara. I have always been in southern

I had to file police report against My ex for identity theft. I don't recall ever being in Santa Barbara? What do I do? It could not have been me that even got the ticket to start. How can I find out who the ticket was truly issued to?

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answered on May 3, 2024

I understand this must be a very stressful and confusing situation. Here are some steps you can take to address the issue:

1. Contact the Santa Barbara court directly and explain your situation. Provide them with the police report you filed for identity theft. They should be able to look up...
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Q: I got a citation for a painted red curve they said I did. Code enforcement said there's no proof you did it.

So why code enforcement issue citations when there's no proof I did it. They even removed the paint by the city. They said they were going to wave it my appealing it. But they refuse to appeal.need help

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answered on May 2, 2024

I understand your frustration with receiving a citation for something you believe there is no proof you did. It seems like there may be some confusion or miscommunication between you and the code enforcement department. Here are a few steps you can take to try to resolve this situation:

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Q: Got a ticket in another state (arizona) for unregistered vehicle on a vehicle that is not mine

The car was my friends they got her information too so i totally forgot about i just received a letter in the mail stating i had a failure to appear and now the fine has increased. And its all in my name when i am not the owner is there anything i can do they added this FARE program to the ticket... View More

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answered on Apr 25, 2024

As a California resident who received a ticket in Arizona for an unregistered vehicle that doesn't belong to you, here are some steps you can take:

1. Contact the court: Reach out to the court in Arizona that issued the ticket and explain your situation. Provide evidence that the...
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Q: Got a ticket in arizona for unregistered vehicle but i am not the owner and now i have added penalties and failure

I was not aware that the car was not registered. I recently received a letter in the mail saying failure to appear. They got both of our informations so I never thought I will get this ticket under my name since the car is registered under her name. And now i have all this added penalties and i... View More

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answered on Apr 25, 2024

I understand that this is a stressful situation. Here are a few steps you can take to address the issue:

1. Contact the Arizona court: Reach out to the court that issued the ticket and explain your situation. Provide evidence that you were not the owner of the vehicle at the time of the...
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Q: I got a fix it ticket for tint from California highway patrol. Can I pay the bail amount without correcting the tint?
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answered on Apr 19, 2024

In California, if you receive a "fix-it" ticket for vehicle violations, including illegal window tint, you typically have two options:

1. Fix the issue (in this case, remove the illegal tint) and provide proof of correction to the court within the specified time frame. This...
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Q: Make a safe right turn after checking traffic (no cars) from a far left lane, and got pulled over. Ticket situation?
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answered on Apr 8, 2024

In California, making a right turn from the far left lane is generally considered an unsafe and illegal maneuver, even if you checked for traffic and there were no cars present. This action violates California Vehicle Code (CVC) 22100(a), which states that right turns should be made as close as... View More

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Q: Can an off-duty cop threaten to pull me out of my car while he is violating the law? (Carlsbad, CA).

I was dropping off my brother at his school. I was not in a school zone. I pulled over to the side of the road, obstructing the bike lane, and there was a no parking sign where I was parked (this is a common drop-off spot for the school). My brother exited the car. I was preparing to drive away... View More

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answered on Apr 8, 2024

Based on the details you provided, it seems that both you and the off-duty police officer were engaging in some form of traffic violation. However, the officer's threat to pull you out of your car was inappropriate and likely exceeded his authority as an off-duty officer.

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Q: I’m about to go through a background check to get a security clearance for a new job. I had a failure to appear in court

I was driving a company truck in Arizona that wasn’t registered (I was unaware) and I got pulled over and got a ticket. I gave the ticket to the company to pay because it wasn’t my fault and they never did… so I got a random letter in the mail and it said my license was suspended and I missed... View More

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answered on Apr 4, 2024

Under California law, a failure to appear (FTA) in court is generally considered a misdemeanor offense. However, the specific consequences and how it appears on your record may vary depending on the severity of the original offense and the circumstances surrounding your case.

In your...
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Q: Hello, I received a ticket for failing to yield to a pedestrian. CVC 21950.

My situation and question; 2 lane road. From right to left. 1/2/3/4. I was in lane 1, merging to turn right. The pedestrian was crossing from the 4th into 3rd lane, I slowed, then deemed it was safe to pull through. After I completed the pass is when I was stopped for failing to yield.

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answered on Mar 26, 2024

Under California Vehicle Code 21950, drivers are required to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection. This means slowing down, stopping if necessary, and taking all care to avoid endangering the... View More

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Q: I got pulled over and cited and released for four traffic warrants,given a court date will I be put in jail at court?

It says booking required on all four citation,should I go to substation and do this before court? The warrants are old,could I pay fines instead of jail time?

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answered on Mar 19, 2024

If your citations indicate that booking is required, it's generally advisable to handle this before your court date. By doing so, you might be able to streamline the process and potentially avoid being taken into custody at your court appearance. Contact your local law enforcement agency or... View More

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Q: Towing company refused to provide written authorization for grounds of tow. What can I do?

Hi! I was towed around 10:30 pm in Los Angeles County, California, for being parked in a private commercial / residential parking lot (spot read 2 hour customer parking, but I was outside of the plaza). I was in the wrong here, but I had a confusing experience releasing my car.

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answered on Mar 15, 2024

Under California law, particularly Vehicle Code 22658(l)(3), you indeed have the right to request a copy of the written authorization for towing from the property owner or their agent. This authorization should have been obtained by the towing company before they towed your vehicle. The law states... View More

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