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Q: Does PG County Police need to have authorization on file to enforce moving violation while posted on private property?
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Mar 10, 2023

Once upon a time, the traffic code only applied on public highways and streets maintained by the state or local governments. I won a lot of traffic cases for clients defending under this restriction, including a lot of probable cause stops for DUI based on not moving violations within apartment... Read more »

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Q: inquired to get Drivers License and was told I had ticket/wreck in NJ despite never being in NJ & not drivng in 10 yrs

How do I clear this up? My mom stopped driving so I have get DL asap

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Mar 4, 2023

You’ll need a NJ lawyer to clear a NJ ticket.

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Q: I was just mailed 2 toll bills from something that occurred in June 2021. Are they breaking the law by sending so late?

They're minor bills, relatively speaking, but on principle, they shouldn't be sending them after 60 days from the date of the citation. They're nearly 1.5 years past the window on when they are allowed to send them to me based on my understand of Md. Code, Transp. § 21-1414, which... Read more »

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Q: Is ta 21-1001(b) moving violation in Maryland?

I left my car running and entered to buy a coffee. When I returned an officer cited me for leaving my car running. I just want to know if I could just pay the fine$60, if it is not a moving violation. Thanks

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Feb 13, 2023

It is not a moving violation and does not carry points. The statute states that "(b) Except as otherwise provided in this section, on any highway outside of a business district or a residential district, a person may not leave any vehicle standing, without providing an unobstructed width of... Read more »

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Q: I got ticket charged with 13-411(f), but have record of renewal of 2023 and 2024. Should I contest in court?

I'm driving my brother's car and got ticket at parking lot. Ticket description: displaying expired LC plate, decal expired 2022. But I have record of renewing and did put sticker for 2023 (expired in March). Now the sticker isn't there and I was charged. Should I contest? What will I need?

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Feb 9, 2023

Request a trial within 30 days and go to court. Bring proof that the tags were current and explain to the judge what happened. You should also replace the sticker and bring proof (a picture) of the new sticker. If the police officer appears, you will be acquitted. You can still have a trial even if... Read more »

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Q: ticket for driving with suspended registration due to missing smog check in Maryland

My wife received a ticket for driving with suspended registration due to missing smog check yet I have paperwork showing the current smog check still has 8 months on it. The only option on the ticket is "request a trial" which seems way to much for what seems like a clerical error. Is... Read more »

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Feb 9, 2023

You cannot clear this up without going to court. She should request a trial within 30 days of the ticket and go to court. She should bring proof that her registration is valid and the emissions test. She should be acquitted under these facts.

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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Maryland on
Q: Who is at fault for an accident at intersection?

If both ways have green lights and no arrows. A driver turning left from one side, another turning right from the other, so both heading to the same spot. If they collide and the driver turning right did nothing to avoid, but driver turning left didn’t yield properly, who’s at fault? Does... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Feb 8, 2023

The vehicle turning left in your scenario must yield the right of way to the vehicle coming in the opposite direction and making the right turn. The vehicle making the left turn is at fault for the accident.

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Maryland on
Q: How should we proceed with the search that looks like was unlawful and a violation of rights.

My son which is a black 21 year old male was recently arrested in Ocean City MD over the weekend 12/31/22 for what we can only see as him being profiled but we live in Virginia. He was told by the police officer that pulled him over that his license plates didn't match his car and that he... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Feb 3, 2023

Your son needs a criminal defense lawyer. Either he/you can afford private counsel, or he needs to apply for the Public Defender in the county where the charges are pending. The lawyer will obtain all of the discovery and evidence from the State (including officer dash video and body camera video... Read more »

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Q: In MD, school bus' flashing lights came on while I was next to it headed in the opposite direction. Can I fight ticket?

I received a ticket (Maryland State 21, Subtitle 7 of the Transportation article violation) for driving past a stopped school bus with flashing lights and the stop sign extended in PG County, MD. I was on a two-lane road, going in the opposite direction from the bus. Looking at the footage, the... Read more »

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Jan 22, 2023

You should request a trial and go to court. The judge will watch the video and you can testify to what happened. The judge will decide the case. If it was a camera ticket (as opposed to being stopped by a police officer), then there are no points assessed.

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Q: I changed lanes safely in front of a vehicle with flashing lights. I thought I was using the proper distance and I made

a lane change. I was stopped by highway police. Not understanding why?

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Jan 20, 2023

If you received a traffic ticket, you should request a trial within 30 days of the ticket and go to court. If the police officer does not appear, you would be acquitted. If the police officer appears, you can have a trial. Even if you are convicted, the judge can offer probation before judgment... Read more »

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Q: I was given a ticket on I-95N for Maryland's TA 22-223 (c) by a Sheriff. Can I fight this with lawyer or pay the fine?

It was on 01/11/2023 at 7:43 PM on I-95 North at MM 80. There was slight fog and I was using my High Beam of headlights. After a while a cop was following me for less than half mile and then gave me a ticket with Maryland's TA - 22-223 (c) in Harford county. Ticket says I need to pay $60 fine... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Jan 14, 2023

Subsection (c) of this section of the Code makes it a violation to drive behind another vehicle within 300 feet with your high beams on. It is unclear how this officer determined you were violating that section, as the officer was behind you. The charge is not a moving violation and carries no... Read more »

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Q: If I got a camera ticket in a company car, do I have to pay it. My name is not on the ticket.
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Dec 20, 2022

Great question! So, a camera ticket is mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle. Because obviously, the State has no idea who was driving, and the law presumes that it was the registered owner. But! It is a rebuttable presumption! The registered owner can contest the citation by identifying... Read more »

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Q: If i got a Traffic violation ticket in a company vehicle during business hours, do I have to pay the ticket? State MD
Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Dec 20, 2022

If your name is on the ticket, then it is your responsibility. If you fail to take care of it, your license will be suspended.

Now, if it is a moving violation, do not pay it. Request a trial within 30 days and go to court. You do not want to receive points on your license.

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Q: When exiting an apartment complex into a neighborhood road do you have to stop if there is no stop sign ?
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Dec 14, 2022

Yes. Look up the "Boulevard Rule" which applies in Maryland. Also read over MD Code, Transportation, § 21-705:

(a) The driver of a vehicle emerging from an alley, driveway, or building shall stop immediately before driving onto a sidewalk or onto the sidewalk area that extends...
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Q: What is the maximum speed you can go in a 30 mile an hour street zone you can go over the 30 miles an hour zone in MD?

Can you be given a ticket for going 12 miles an hour over a 30 miles an hour instead of 13 miles an hour and find in MD speed camera?

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Nov 13, 2022

Speed cameras result in a ticket for $45 once you hit 12 mph over the posted speed. Doesn’t matter how much over. No points. Just pay the money. Insurance companies can’t use it as a basis to raise rates.

If a cop clocks your speed and pulls you over, however, it works like this: 0-9...
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Q: Can I dispute the ticket for a School Bus Monitoring Violation?

I was right in front of the bus on the other side of the road when the stop sign of the school bus starts to flash. There were cars behind me and if I make a sudden stop the car behind me would hit me. The video shows the car behind me had not stop too. It was 7:23 am on a two way road on a morning... Read more »

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Nov 1, 2022

You can request a trial and go to court. If it was a camera ticket, the judge can watch the video and you can testify. The judge will decide whether you had time to stop.

If a police officer gave you a ticket, you should definitely request a trial and go to court since this ticket carries...
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Q: So if your vehicle isn’t registered in the state of Maryland and is registered in Florida how can they enforce the law?

13.411 CLI

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Oct 29, 2022

Next time they run the tag in Maryland, with an unpaid ticket, it gets the boot and a tow. Then you pay the tow, storage, unpaid fines that have doubled or tripled on the late penalties, in order to get you car out of hock. And no amount of crying, yelling, belly-aching or screaming at the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law and Traffic Tickets for Maryland on
Q: Is it smart for a G4 visa holder to contest a parking ticket (wrongly) issued after 52min in a 1hr parking zone?

Google maps timeline shows me departing 57min after arrival. Obviously it was a mistake by the officer. I wonder what's worse for future visa applications - the parking fine, or whatever records result from contesting and going to court. (In Montgomery County MD contested parking tickets go to... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Oct 28, 2022

Municipal parking infractions do not impact visa or immigration determinations, unless perhaps if you do not pay the fine; however, anyone can challenge a parking ticket by requesting a trial. Paying it, however, will not impact your status or approval of any future application.

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Q: The ticket was for driving on suspended liscence after I called dmv they say my liscense wasn’t suspended
Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Oct 24, 2022

You should get a certified, complete copy of your driving record. This will prove that your license was valid on the date of the incident.

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Criminal Law for Maryland on
Q: Have a bench warrant for failure to appear for traffic violation on July 29 2022. Didn’t know about the court date.

The ticket was for driving on suspended liscence after I called dmv they say my liscense wasn’t suspended

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Oct 23, 2022

Hire a lawyer to file a motion to recall the bench warrant and reschedule the trial. Get a printout of your driving record. Give it to your lawyer.

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