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Q: i got a ticket and couldn’t pay it and i missed court because im in a different state i can now pay it should i
Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Jul 18, 2022

Sure, you should. If you don't, and you visit here (I assume the ticket was in Florida), you might get into trouble. Also, there is an interstate compact by which your driver license can be suspended for failure to pay the ticket.

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Q: Can I sell a motorcycle that I could a ticket for no registration before the court date.

I was riding my motorcycle unregistered because I’m tight on money and my truck is not drivable right now.

I got stopped and ticketed for it and I’m wondering if I can sell the bike to have more money now and not have issues with the court. I’m hoping it would be okay. Or at least... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Jun 30, 2022

No, when you were ticketed, the bike was not registered, so you are guilty. But if you get it registered before the hearing date, it is possible that the charges could be dropped.

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Q: I was stopped at a Red Traffic Light, when suddenly I rear ended!! I got an “improper backing” citation of $163 dollars!

She had to suddenly stop, the car in front of me tried running the yellow light, then didn’t and caused me to slam on my brakes and then the car/SUV rear ended me!! She jumped out starting to yell at me!! She parades through 5 lanes of traffic asking for anyone willing to be her eyewitness that I... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Jun 27, 2022

If the car in front of you suddenly stopped, it seems like you probably shouldn't have been also trying to run the yellow light. But, at any rate, to prove you backed up, the prosecution will have to call the supposed witness. If that person testifies, you can impeach the witness'... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for Florida on
Q: If my car spun out of control and went over a median on to the other side should I be getting a ticket for this ?
Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron
answered on Jun 6, 2022

That depends on what caused you to lose control - someone else's carelessness or your own?, or a combination of both? Regardless, to get the advice you really need for this issue, you must schedule an appointment with an attorney handling traffic ticket defense in your geographic area. With... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets, Car Accidents and Small Claims for Florida on
Q: How can I clear an FR 3 suspension if I don't have the funds to pay the judgment?

I was involved in a minor accident in 2011. No damage to either vehicle. My insurance had lapsed and the other party filed a law suit. I moved out of state and realized years later a default judgment was entered against me. Now the dmv wants proof that the debt was satisfied before they will... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on May 25, 2022

You indicate that there was no "damage to either vehicle", but the default judgment apparently indicates otherwise. I suggest that you get an attorney to negotiate a settlement (perhaps paying only a portion) with the judgment creditor.

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Q: I've been made aware there is warrant out for me for flee elude and missing court. I'm not us citizen and don't live the

How do I deal with this if I don't live there? I won't be going to US anytime soon as currently working in Moscow.

Any information on how I can deal with this and close it down when not living in US would be appreciated.

Jonathan Blecher
Jonathan Blecher
answered on May 24, 2022

There are many jurisdictions in Florida where Zoom remote hearings are taking place. Speak with an attorney who can work out the logistics and have the warrant quashed. Otherwise you’ll never be able to enter our borders without an arrest.

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Q: Where does a open container have to be placed in a vehicle to constitute probable cause for search of that vehicle?
Richard W. Noel
Richard W. Noel
answered on Mar 15, 2022

The short answer is "in plain view." If it's in the trunk or under the seat, the officer isn't going to find it at a glance, to get probable cause.

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Q: Can I get my license reinstated if I pay one of my 3 fines with proof insurance?

I was pulled over speeding with a suspended license and no proof of insurance. I have received 3 fines and my license was taken away. Will I be able to reinstate my license if I show proof of insurance at Traffic court and pay one of the fines?

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Feb 14, 2022

I don't believe you have to pay any of the fines to get your license reinstated; you just have to show proof of insurance. But you might want to review the statute to be sure:

http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0300-0399/0324/0324ContentsIndex.html

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Products Liability, Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Florida on
Q: What can I do? Suing GM will take years.My cars totaled price will never get me close to a reliable vehicle I need 4work

Feb 2nd I was doing the speed limit of 65mph around 7pm which was dark out. Upon reaching the top of a hill instantly saw a vehicle stopped in my lane w/out hazards on and rear ended them. I Driving 2010 Buick Enclave w/zero open recalls.but upon impact my seatbelt didn’t lockup nor did a single... Read more »

Domenic J. Celeste
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Domenic J. Celeste
answered on Feb 12, 2022

Firstly, do you have your own car insurance? If so, you need to report this accident to them immediately. If you have car insurance, hopefully they can pay the cost to replace your vehicle, although, I'm sure, it won't be much considering the year of the vehicle. Did the police come to... Read more »

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Q: I was pulled over 3 weeks ago and lost the 2 tickets I received. They are due next week and are not posted online yet.

The deputy also searched my car but found nothing. A week earlier he yelled out to me "no meth?" while I was going to church with a friend. He was not in uniform at the time and in an unmarked car. He had also raided my house 7 months earlier and as a result, I am now on probation. He has... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Feb 11, 2022

I don't see a question here. If you lost the tickets, call the sheriff's office for the information.

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Q: Where can I find the Florida law regarding what is allowed to be displayed on the front bumper of a vehicle?

I have my old vanity plate from New Mexico that I would like to display on the front bumper of my car here in Florida. I've been told that this is legal as long as it is not currently registered, however, an ex-police officer I know said he would pull me over. If the old plate is legal to put... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Jan 19, 2022

Florida Statute 316.605 Licensing of vehicles.— provides that:

"(1) Every vehicle, ... shall be licensed ... and shall,... display the license plate or both of the license plates assigned to it by the state, ... . Nothing shall be placed upon the face of a Florida plate except as...
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Q: Is it illegal for an HOA to boot your car if it is properly parked in designated area but just not registered with HOA

Own property, Car was properly parked in designated area, Car is registered as an antique, booting company is private, HOA gave 3 notices, car doesn’t exceeded owner maximum number of vehicles to be stored (2)

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Jan 14, 2022

Your need to review your subdivision's governing documents and see what it says as to the HOA's right to boot under these circumstances. If the governing documents are confusing and vague, then I recommend that you contact a HOA attorney to review them and give you a legal opinion.

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Q: I was suppose to go to court for a traffic ticket, and i told the court i do not have any transportation or have enough

money to get transportation to court. Is there anything i can do.

Erik A. Perez
Erik A. Perez
answered on Dec 7, 2021

Nowadays most if not all traffic pre-trial conferences or trials are done via Zoom virtual conference. Alternatively, they may be done by dial in. Rarely, at least in the Florida counties I practice in, they are done in person. I would recommend contacting the Court's judicial assistant and... Read more »

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Q: Can I fight a FL ticket written to the wrong person?

My son caused a fender bender with no damage done. The ticket was written to the other driver who was not at fault. Does he HAVE to call the officer to correct it or can he get out of it due to technicality?

Michael  Mayoral
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Michael Mayoral
answered on Nov 29, 2021

The best advice I can give is that neither of you should contact the officer and you should hire a traffic ticket attorney for your son and explain the situation to them.

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Q: How do I reinstate a license if I have a new license in another state?

I got a DUI in Washington State in June 2021. I requested a licensing hearing per the advice of my lawyer, so my license was not officially suspended until 9/27/21. In the meantime, I relocated to my home state of FL and obtained a license here on 8/27/21. I just checked, and my license is valid in... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Nov 11, 2021

You probably should ask that question of the lawyer who advised you to request a licensing hearing in Washington.

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Q: I was stopped by an officer 2-3 blocks over before he throwed his lights on. What can I do?

Is there anything I can do as taking this to court, because the area he stated I was speeding at was not accurate and had the wrong street names on the ticket where I was stopped at !

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Nov 2, 2021

If you contest the ticket, that would be "taking this to court". Instructions should be on the ticket.

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Q: What happens if you give evidence without been asked to swear in by raise your right hand.

I requested a hearing for a traffic ticket,

but I was not swear in. Neither was the police officer.

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Oct 19, 2021

In general, and without knowing what happened at the hearing, your talking to the judge or other persons in a court hearing doesn't necessarily mean you are testifying (or giving evidence, in other words). But if you aren't put under oath, you can't later be prosecuted for perjury.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, DUI / DWI, Traffic Tickets and Civil Rights for Florida on
Q: If pulled over driving, when required to show a driver's license, may I refuse to let the officer run a check on it?

My friend and I are debating a video in which a man in a parking lot, dumping garbage from his car into a dumpster, showed an officer his license. When the officer went to run the license for the man's info, he refused. He said he's a lawyer and knows his rights and the officer may not... Read more »

Michael  Mayoral
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Michael Mayoral
answered on Oct 7, 2021

Yes, you have to show your license, and yes the police officer can run your DL in their system. The statute is below. Pro-tip: don't pick up an arrest trying this theory out.

322.15 License to be carried and exhibited on demand; fingerprint to be imprinted upon a citation.—...
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1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI, Real Estate Law, Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Florida on
Q: My DL was taken from me by a lawyer in 1994. I was in a car accident and it was my fault. DUI. And I can't pay

Is there a statue of limitation on this

Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron
answered on Sep 14, 2021

Have you contacted the Fla. Dept. of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to ask what you can do to reinstate your DL? Generally, DL suspension for failure to pay a money judgment arising from a car accident is up to three years. The statute of limitations is irrelevant - that's about deadlines... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Florida on
Q: What is the penalty I will most likely get for driving without registration in Florida

This was my first time I have a clean record

Henry George Ferro
Henry George Ferro
answered on Aug 29, 2021

depends on the judge you have and the prosecutor...in all likelihood fines and court costs.

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