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Q: If you are driving on an expired drivers license, and not a current tag. The officer cited the ticket as correctable.

Can they take the vehicle?

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answered on Oct 2, 2023

In California, driving on an expired license and tags may lead to a citation, but whether your car will be impounded can depend on local laws and the officer's discretion. Generally, the citation would note if the violation is correctable, which usually allows for reduced fines upon fixing the... View More

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Q: how do I do the legal research to support and make a case in my administrative hearing

city of San Bernardino to contest my parking citation, where the ordinance is municipal code 10.16.020 and it appears that the city has not notified the public that this section of street is restricted for no parking with proper signage or curb paint.

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Q: Was issued a misdemeanor CVC 27317 (a) (modified steering wheel) because it has no airbag. What should I do from here?

The officer recommended to fix the steering wheel before the court appearance and they will most likely drop it to a infraction. I'm not sure how accurate this is but I have a clean driving record with only 4 exhaust tickets. I'm worried about how this is going to affect my record, and... View More

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answered on Sep 21, 2023

In California, it's advisable to consult with a private attorney for a misdemeanor like this, especially if you want to explore potential options for reducing the charge or minimizing its impact on your record. Fixing the steering wheel as recommended by the officer may help your case, but an... View More

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Q: Can I get a charge dropped if I didn't actually use the phone while driving just picked it up to see the time?

On 09/14/23 at approximately 9:45 PM, I was pulled over in Seaside, CA, and issued a citation under California Vehicle Code Section 3123.5(a) (VC 3123.5(a)) for using an electronic wireless communications device while driving. In addition, I was cited for driving on a suspended license.I believe I... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for California on
Q: i need sr88 in tx to get ca dl,im in ca and have a sr88 (blank) it was in travis county 16 years ago who fills it out?

ca wont let me get license without tx saying im clear

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answered on Sep 13, 2023

I would consult with a qualified attorney in your jurisdiction right away.

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Q: I got a traffic citation CVC 2818. Does this cause a point on your driving record? Or do I just pay a fine?
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answered on Sep 2, 2023

Under California law, a violation of California Vehicle Code Section 2818 is considered an infraction. An infraction generally does not add points to your driving record. Typically, you would just pay a fine for this violation.

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Q: Does driving a 97 BMW wrapped in the classic German police car look with "Polizei" (hood/trunk) break Penal Code 538d

No flashing lights, sirens, or bullhorns. Only the wrap with the German text and the German police symbol on each front door. I am doing this for "show car" but owner plans on driving it frequently. The owner will not be pulling anyone over or pretending to be a police officer in any capacity

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answered on Sep 1, 2023

Under California Penal Code 538d, it is unlawful for any vehicle to resemble a law enforcement vehicle to a degree that is likely to deceive an ordinary, reasonable person. While your vehicle does not have flashing lights, sirens, or bullhorns, the design elements like "Polizei" and the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Collections for California on
Q: Calif. Fta cited exp lic & ins. Crt website shows 4-23-20, during quarantee. No reschedule. Advice?

Public Notice states court w reschedule, didn't happen. Now in collections wanting pmt in full. Car was not mine, I didn't get my day in court. Court clerk won't calender me.

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answered on Sep 2, 2023

You should act promptly to address the failure to appear and the collections issue. One option may be to file a motion to vacate the failure to appear and default judgment, explaining the circumstances and any COVID-19 related court closures or rescheduling failures that affected you. It's... View More

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Q: After paying BAIL FORFEITURE is case closed?

Have a ticket driving on phone no license.. Received a letter and paid bail forfeiture. I just received another letter today but with the only option on proof of correction available.. should i just ignore second letter.. if i go online says case closed.

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answered on Aug 29, 2023

If you paid a bail forfeiture, that generally means you've admitted guilt and the case is resolved, at least criminally. However, the fact that you received another letter suggests there may still be an issue that needs to be addressed. It would not be advisable to ignore the letter; instead,... View More

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Q: I was ticketed for my car window being tinted too dark, made corrections years later found out my driver license was sus

I was giving a ticket for tinted window which I had fix and had an officer sign off, went to pay the fee at court, 3 years later I found out my driver license was suspended due to that ticket. Dmv say for me to show proof, which I had misplaced or lost the receipt because it happen since it had... View More

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answered on Aug 29, 2023

In California, if you've been ticketed and later discover your license was suspended due to an alleged non-payment, your immediate priority should be to gather any evidence you have of payment or correction. Bank statements or other financial records could serve as proof if you've lost... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law and Traffic Tickets for California on
Q: Need help filing appeal with LA Superior Court for a MRCA stop sign ticket.

I appealed the ticket, MRCA denied it even though I provided photographic proof that there are no warning signs for incoming drivers that cameras are in use - and that the sign is easy to miss for a driver unfamiliar w the area. They Said I can Appeal to LA Superior Court under California... View More

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answered on Aug 29, 2023

To appeal your MRCA (Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority) stop sign ticket in Los Angeles Superior Court under California Government Code Section 53069.4, you'll typically need to file a Notice of Appeal. Although there may not be a standard form specifically for this type of... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Municipal Law and Traffic Tickets for California on
Q: In California ,if u parked car wrong way at your house & take Keys inside &tell brother 2park it, is "CAR ABANDONED"?

When my brother went outside2park da car, the cops were already looking at the car, my brother asked/told them he'd park the car right they REFUSED to! They didn't let him! He was holding the keys on his hand! During that time they'd been harassing my family u can say, they knew my... View More

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answered on Aug 29, 2023

Under California law, a vehicle parked the wrong way on a residential street could be cited for a violation of the California Vehicle Code, but it generally would not be considered "abandoned" simply because it's parked incorrectly for a short period of time. If your brother was... View More

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Q: I received a traffic citation for a car that i don't own anymore. I sold it about 2 years ago to a friend who sold it.

What can I do to get out of this problem?

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answered on Aug 27, 2023

In this situation, under California law, you should gather and retain all documentation related to the sale of the car, including the bill of sale and transfer of ownership. Then, provide this evidence to the relevant court or agency handling the traffic citation, along with a formal explanation of... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law, Municipal Law and Traffic Tickets for California on
Q: In San Jose, Ca do “no parking” signs have a regulation about how close or far from one another they can or must be??

I was cited for parking violation. The sign was “No parking the second Monday of each month for street sweeping. I was parked 30 feet in front of a corner, and there was no sign behind me, and the nearest sign was another 85 feet in front of me. There was a fire hydrant 40 feet in front of me, 45... View More

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answered on Aug 25, 2023

Under California law, parking regulations, including the placement of "no parking" signs, are typically governed by local ordinances. If there was no sign behind you and the nearest sign was 85 feet away, there may be an argument that the signage was insufficient to provide notice of the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets and Civil Rights for California on
Q: I was pulled over & arrested in Riverside county without proper investigation of documentation which proved my innocence

Deputy arrested me under 4463 CVC. Stating that i had aquired a current tag through theft. I asked deputy to check serial on the tag and compare it to the registration. He would have seen that it was a match. He refused to do so. I asked for a supervisor and was denied. Had my car impounded. Cuffs... View More

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answered on Aug 27, 2023

Based on the details provided, it appears there may have been potential violations of your rights during the traffic stop and subsequent arrest, especially if you were not allowed to present evidence supporting your innocence or if you were denied a reasonable request to adjust handcuffs causing... View More

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Q: Is it an offense to nearly hit a pedestrian crossing a crosswalk at a traffic light by accident while making a turn.?
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answered on Aug 17, 2023

I am not aware of a code that specifically states it is unlawful to "nearly hit a pedestrian crossing a crosswalk at a traffic light by accident while making a turn."

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Employment Law, Traffic Tickets and Civil Rights for California on
Q: If a case is pending on my background report for over a yea and no set court date. Can I get it removed from my record?

My background check is showing something that is pending although the case has been stagnant for over a year. It's preventing from getting a job. Is there something I can do, is there no statue of limitation for not setting a court date for over a year. I was denied work for something I... View More

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Neil Pedersen
answered on Aug 16, 2023

As long as your background check is telling your prospective employer that you have an arrest that has not yet reached final determination, the prospective employer may refuse to hire you for that reason. What you need to do is to locate and consult with a criminal defense attorney who can... View More

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Q: What are the consequences? Will I be sent back to where in originally from?

Hi I got a ticket for driving without a license, I missed my court date. I’m not born here so I have no license.

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answered on Aug 20, 2023

Missing a court date for driving without a license can result in a warrant being issued for your arrest. It's important to address this issue promptly by contacting the court, resolving the case, and addressing any consequences to ensure your legal status in California is not compromised.... View More

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Q: Can minors ride a class 2 or class 1 e-bike on sidewalk in los angeles.

Sorry I should probably have added this before but I’m in palos verdes

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answered on Aug 15, 2023

California law generally allowed electric bicycles (e-bikes) to be operated on sidewalks, unless a local ordinance prohibited it. However, keep in mind that laws can change, and local regulations might vary.

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Q: Can I fight the police in court at all?

I was pulled over and given a speeding ticket, the stop was very brief . I read the ticket after and it included one violation for speeding. I got the ticket in the mail then a few weeks later I received another one in the mail about my window tint. How can they do this if it was never mentioned or... View More

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answered on Aug 15, 2023

In California, you have the right to challenge the traffic violations you've been issued in court. If the second violation for window tint was not mentioned during the initial stop or on the first ticket, there may be grounds to question its validity or the completeness of the citation... View More

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