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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Traffic Tickets for Indiana on
Q: At a traffic stop, are police allowed to search my purse without my consent/prob cause?

I gave consent to search my vehicle but they just took my purse from me as I was stepping outta my car & without asking or anything, proceeded to search it, which led to a drug charge. But I feel as if they violated my rights.

Andrew L. Bennett
Andrew L. Bennett answered on Nov 30, 2020

If they did not have probable cause to search the vehicle or your purse, but you gave consent to search the car, there may be an issue with consent to search your purse. Contact a local defense attorney to discuss the case in more detail.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Indiana on
Q: I was pulled over. I did not receive a ticket, but the officer told me he was giving me a citation. What does this mean?
Andrew L. Bennett
Andrew L. Bennett answered on Oct 23, 2020

You may get a citation in the mail.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Indiana on
Q: Can an officer write a citation a week after the infraction? I was pulled over because I didn't have license plates on

The vehicle I just purchased the week before I handed him my license and found out that they were suspended at that moment and he kept them. The bill of sale was not from the titled owner because the person I bought it from had bought it from them I guess but I had the title I just didn't have... Read more »

Andrew L. Bennett
Andrew L. Bennett answered on Sep 21, 2020

Yes, the officer can write a citation after the fact. However, you should have been sent a notice of the violation. Consider speaking with a local criminal/traffic attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Indiana on
Q: i was pulled over today at 345pm by a indiana state trooper the information on my ticket is wrong

the license and not the correct state also told me i couldnt drive with the license i have now im 47 years old and i have a instrution permit which is still vaild just bought the xar over the weekend wasnt breaking any traffic laws he just got behind me and ran my plate

Andrew L. Bennett
Andrew L. Bennett answered on Aug 31, 2020

I am not sure what you are asking.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Indiana on
Q: I got a tkt with the wrong car color, the color of the car that was speeding and pulled over too. Is it dismissable?

The cop slowed and turned his lights on infront of the car that was speeding. I was able to immediately pull over when the cops lights went on and he started his U-turn, so did the car that was speeding. It was a couple car lengths in front of me. I pulled behind parked cars and the other car in... Read more »

Andrew L. Bennett
Andrew L. Bennett answered on Aug 1, 2020

If you go to court, the standard of proof is preponderance of the evidence, so if the officer says you were speeding even less than what he wrote the ticket for you will still have a judgment on your record and likely increased insurance rates. You should consider hiring an attorney who can... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI, Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Indiana on
Q: For prior offense DUI is it dated from date of conviction or date of last occurrence?

I have a pending DUI charge and IC 9-30-5-3 has recently changed. Prior occurrence has changed from 5 years to 7 years. My first DUI occurred November of 2012 but was not decided until April of 2013. My pending charge occurred on 02/05/2020. So because of this change my charge is somewhere in... Read more »

Andrew L. Bennett
Andrew L. Bennett answered on Jun 4, 2020

You should expect to be charged with a felony OWI since it has been less than 7 years from your last conviction.

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Indiana on
Q: What happens if you had an insurance ticket in illinois but its been paid for but got one in indiana

I didnt have insurance at the time of the accident until after it happen cause i didnt have a copy of it

Andrew L. Bennett
Andrew L. Bennett answered on Jun 3, 2020

If your license is an Indiana license, you will be suspended for failure to file proof of insurance, the suspension will be 90 days or more and will have a reinstatement fee. You may qualify for specialized driving privileges.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Indiana on
Q: Is there any way I can get my license back?

I was involved in a vehicle incident may of 2019, while working/driving for a company whom I was fully covered by their insurance. The CoC was never sent to the bmv, which resulted in a 90 day suspension on my license. I was never informed of the suspension and was pulled over in December of 2019... Read more »

Andrew L. Bennett
Andrew L. Bennett answered on Jun 3, 2020

You should contact a local traffic attorney who can assist you with the suspensions and any pending case. If for some reason its not possible to get you valid quickly, you may qualify for a specialized driving privileges.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Indiana on
Q: I paid off a 9 year old ticket for disregarding a stop sign and as soon as I paid it the BMV placed a pending suspension

On me for Failure To Provide insurance. I would be severely disadvantaged by the 90 day suspension. Could I write the traffic court judge and ask for leniency?

Andrew L. Bennett
Andrew L. Bennett answered on May 21, 2020

First, if you had insurance at the time of the violation, contact your insurance company to send in proof and the suspension will be removed. If you did not have insurance, then your option would be to petition the court for specialized driving privileges, you can do this yourself, but if you do... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Indiana on
Q: I'm on bond for a drug and paraphernalia charge. I got a speeding ticket and a driving while suspended while on bond

I missed the traffic court date and now have a bench wRrent will my bond be revoked on the drug charge if I turn myself in for the traffic

Andrew L. Bennett
Andrew L. Bennett answered on May 21, 2020

Possibly. If the DWS is a misdemeanor then a new criminal charge could get your bond revoked. If you have an attorney on the drug case you should consult with them about the new situation, it may be possible to get the warrant recalled.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Indiana on
Q: I got a seat belt violation how will this affect my special driving privilege here in Indiana
Andrew L. Bennett
Andrew L. Bennett answered on May 9, 2020

It really depends on the conditions the Court put in the SDP order, however, its a non moving violation and should not affect the SDP.

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI, Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Indiana on
Q: What is the rules on driving a moped in Indiana?

Like I head people who lost there licence can drive mopeds still I tryed looking it up online but im getting mixed results saying you need a licence or a moped license or even just an ID. I currently do not have my licence do to anxiety driving with someone so after i heard about this i thaught... Read more »

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano answered on May 4, 2020

Your local license branch can walk you through the process. The following is from AAA's digest or motoring laws and seems accurate:

Owners of mopeds or scooters with engines smaller than 50 cubic centimeters must apply for a registration. Such mopeds or scooters will receive license...
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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Indiana on
Q: Is there a way to ammend a speeding ticket I got? I didnt have insurance and got letter for license suspension.

I am a single mom and recently divorced and trying to get everything in line and just happened to get pulled over. And I have a full time job at hospital and need to be able to make money to stay on track

Joel D. Hand
Joel D. Hand answered on Apr 24, 2020

How prosecutors handle traffic infractions varies widely from county to county. In some counties, prosecutors will not amend any traffic ticket which leaves you with the choice of either paying the ticket or taking it to trial. In other (most) counties, prosecutors may be willing to amend a... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Indiana on
Q: My son got his license suspended for driving without proof of insurance, but he was not given a ticket.

The vehicle he was in didn't match the insurance card he had with him. That particular vehicle had been totaled just days before. He was told by the deputy to go home and make sure he has the correct insurance card from now on. He never got any thing else until he got the notice that his... Read more »

Andrew L. Bennett
Andrew L. Bennett answered on Apr 21, 2020

If he does not have a myBMV.com account, he needs to create one. It will allow him to look at his record for free and to see what the BMV is saying he needs to do to get valid. It is most likely he needs to contact the insurance company to show there was coverage on the new vehicle due to the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Indiana on
Q: Do I have to come back to florida from Indiana to pay my tickets? The officer told me no there are ticket clinics to pay

Got in an accident in florida on spring break, got a ticket for leaving scene and careless driving. The officer told me there are ticket clinics I won’t have to come back to florida to pay! My ticket has a court date on it. What do I do?

Paul Stanko
Paul Stanko answered on Apr 19, 2020

There should be contact information for the court clerk on the ticket. Although clerks cannot give legal advice, they can inform you of procedures. Since this is a Florida issue, direct future inquiries towards Florida attorneys.

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Indiana on
Q: What is ic 9-41-5-2a
Mike Cunningham
Mike Cunningham answered on Apr 12, 2020

Under Indiana law, “IC” stands for Indiana Code, and the following numbers are the Title- Article - Chapter - and section of the code that states a particular law. Title 9 outlines laws and penalties for most driving offenses. However, IC 9-41-5-2(a) does not exist, as the articles under Title... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Indiana on
Q: Are there consequences for rescheduling a court case multiple times?

It's a " never having a license" charge. Been ongoing for over a year because my sister keeps rescheduling for various reasons. Does that make it worse in the long run

Andrew L. Bennett
Andrew L. Bennett answered on Apr 6, 2020

It depends, if she is working towards a license then no, however, if she is wasting the Court's time, then it could have a negative impact.

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Indiana on
Q: Can I get my fine (Operating with Expired Plates) reduced/eliminated?

The plates expired several months ago. I did not realize this, as my mother kindly paid for my registration while I was at university (the renewal info is mailed to her address, not mine, so I did not realize the plates were not renewed this year). I’m not sure if I can fight this ticket (I know... Read more »

Andrew L. Bennett
Andrew L. Bennett answered on Mar 20, 2020

Before paying the ticket, consider calling the prosecutors office to see if they would be willing to work with you. Additionally, most of the ticket costs is the court costs which are $135.50. The prosecutor may be willing to dismiss for compliance.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Indiana on
Q: I have a CDL class A. I just received my 1st failure to stop at a stop sign ticket in Indiana in my personal car.

Will I lose my license or how bad would it affect my license

Andrew L. Bennett
Andrew L. Bennett answered on Mar 9, 2020

You should not lose your license for a stop sign ticket, unless there are other convictions on your record that would cause the suspension. Additionally, if you did not have insurance your license will be suspended. If you are an Indiana resident and you admit to the violation it will add 2-4... Read more »

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Q: First time pulled over and ticket for speeding. Cop wrote wrong car info. What do I say to fight it?

I received a speeding ticket a few days ago in the afternoon. The cop wrote a black ford. But I was driving a black Chevy. I talked to a couple family friends that are cops and they said to fight it. It’s my first time getting pulled over and first time getting a ticket. What would I say to fight... Read more »

Andrew L. Bennett
Andrew L. Bennett answered on Mar 6, 2020

The wrong car listed on the ticket will not result in the case being dismissed unless there was a Ford at the same place you were and the officer admits to pulling over the wrong car. If he simply wrote down the wrong make, the scriveners error can be corrected at any time until the case is... Read more »

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