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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Kentucky on
Q: I got a traffic ticket in KY and missed my court date (stupid on my part I know) anyway, I got an FTA and license

Suspended. The judge lifted the FTA today so will my license be reinstated now automatically?

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answered on Feb 1, 2024

In Kentucky, when a Failure to Appear (FTA) is lifted by a judge, it means that the court has recognized and addressed your absence from the scheduled court date. However, the lifting of the FTA itself does not automatically reinstate your driver's license if it has been suspended due to the... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Constitutional Law for Kentucky on
Q: IF I WAS STOPPED FOR A SEATBELT THAT I HAD ADJUSTED AT A RED LIGHT DUE TO BEING TWISTED UP CAN IT BE BEAT

DURING THE STOP I TOLD HIM HE COULD NOT SEARCH MY VEHICLE BUT HE DID ANYWAY AND USED EXCESSIVE FORCE HURTING MY SHOULDER WHAT CAN I DO

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answered on Jan 21, 2024

In Kentucky, if you were stopped for a seatbelt violation that you believe was unjustified, you can contest the ticket in court. During the hearing, you can explain the circumstances, such as adjusting your seatbelt at a red light, and present any evidence you have to support your case. It's... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law, Traffic Tickets and Appeals / Appellate Law for Kentucky on
Q: Can a hearing trial deal out a harsher punishment after the judge has carry out her judgment?

I once was told that a friend was offered a deal if he was to plead guilty. He would receive no points in his record after he completed his assigned course. But three-days later, was called in for a hearing and was handed out a 90 days suspension on top of that.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Dec 13, 2023

What you describe is two fold. Part of the penalties (criminal) are administered and enforced by the Court. Other half of penalties (admin) are administered and enforced by Drivers Licensing. They are separate and distinct but the don’t give you this information when you are going through it.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Traffic Tickets for Kentucky on
Q: Is it lawful for a police officer to call for 2nd K-9 for a sniff test on a traffic stop since the 1rst didn't alert?
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answered on Nov 12, 2023

The legality of a police officer calling for a second K-9 unit during a traffic stop, after the first did not alert, can be a complex issue and depends on several factors. Courts have generally held that a dog sniff during a lawful traffic stop does not violate the Fourth Amendment's... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Car Accidents, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Kentucky on
Q: Since constables don't answer emergency calls do they need further training also can they make arrest at roadchecks?

The office of the constable are doing traffic stops in these smaller counties is that legal?

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answered on Oct 20, 2023

In Kentucky, constables are elected officials who have law enforcement powers, but their duties and responsibilities can vary from county to county. Constables typically have the authority to make arrests and serve civil process, but they may not be responsible for answering emergency calls in the... View More

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Q: Are officers required to validate height/age of children before ticketing for booster seat law in Kentucky?

I was taking my 10 and 7 year old daughters to church 3 miles from our house in my single cab Chevy S10.The middle buckle was lodged under the seat and I couldn't get it freed up.I always wear my seat belt but given the circumstances,I elected to keep my kids safe and went without buckling... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Oct 4, 2023

No, police officers aren’t required to validate the height or age of the children. But you can bring these facts to the attention of the judge at your trial.

Verify the height and age requirements for a passenger not needing a booster seat. If your children meet those requirements,...
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Q: I Got a ticket for 52 in a a posted 35. But it wasn’t posted anywhere and i also disagree with the stated speed.

The deputy stated on the ticket

“when he hit the 35 mph zone i slowed down to 35 mph and the above vehicle continued to pull away from me. When i caught back up to the vehicle i paced them at 52 mph in a posted 35 mph. When asked if the driver knew the speed limit he stated no i asked... View More

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Oct 2, 2023

Best way is to hire a traffic ticket attorney in your area to represent you. You have reasons, sympathetic and perhaps legal, in which an experienced traffic ticket attorney could utilize to get the ticket dismissed or moved to something which does not appear on your driving record. Good luck.

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Q: I'm on one-year divert ends mid September. I got pulled over in end of August court date October do I have to pay both

I'm on a one-year ends mid September. I got pulled over end of August court date. Ismy until October do I still have to pay both tickets? Or is my one year divert good

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Aug 25, 2023

The one year diversion may be terminated (or not) bc of the new ticket. You probably need a lawyer to handle both and resolve both to avoid possible license and insurance issues.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Criminal Law for Kentucky on
Q: I got a ticket for reckless driving and permit violation. I had my drivers test the next day. Am I looking at jail time?

I have a clean record but I got into a wreck the day before my drivers test. I didn’t have anyone with me while I was driving home to get documentation to take my test because I didn’t have anyone to take me or ride with me. I got charged with reckless driving and a permit violation. What... View More

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Leland Hulbert
answered on Jul 30, 2023

If you only got charged with a permit, violation and reckless, driving, you may not be looking at jail time. If they charged you with driving without an operators license, there is some potential. It also depends on your age and on your driving record. I would hire an experienced criminal defense... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Kentucky on
Q: Yesterday I got pulled over and took to jail for speeding and passing in a no passing zone 82 in a 55

This cop is the only one that bothers me he's pulled me over multiple. Times he left me in the back of patrol car for 30 min with no air or window down and he turned from I could take u to jail to get out the car u going to jail cause I said I'm going check my phone to see if my GPS was... View More

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
answered on Jul 9, 2023

Passing in a "no passing zone" and going 82 in a 55 mph posted zone are traffic infractions. You can hire a traffic ticket attorney to represent you. The cop that is "bothering" you is probably assigned to patrol that area for traffic violations, which you admit you are... View More

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Q: I’m 19 years old I’ve never had anything on my record I just got my first speeding ticket 68 in a 35 what will they do?
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answered on Feb 13, 2023

It depends what county you’re in. You need to hire an experienced defense attorney in that county. You may have an opportunity to knock it down and do a traffic safety program. You do not just want to walk in and plead to this ticket because you could lose your license.

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Q: No Insurance, Expired Tags, and License to be in Possession.

I was pulled over, due to having expired tags. My fiancé was the driver (while I was in the passenger seat) and my fiancè did not have their license on them. After the State Trooper asked for my proof of insurance, I was unable to provide that as I am not ensured (I did not notify the State... View More

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answered on Jan 16, 2023

I would hire an experienced attorney and your chances of getting a better outcome on the case will be improved. There are many factors including previous driving record etc. I don't think jail is likely but there can be license suspension and fines. Jail typically only comes into play if... View More

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Q: I got a ticket for speeding 20 mph over. I missed my court date, what should I do?
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Leland Hulbert
answered on Jan 16, 2023

Call an attorney and have them get your case back on the docket. Depending on the county and your driving record you may be eligible for a local driver license program online or state traffic school. If you don't address missing court your license can be suspended.

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Q: I have court coming up and this is my 3rd time there for speeding. Will I do jail time??

I wasn’t speeding the 2nd or 3rd time, and I don’t have a license because I’m waiting for my green card (very long process), I feel targeted. I pay all the fines, but I’m worried I will go to jail this time since it’s my 3rd court date for the exact same offense (speeding)

Leland Hulbert
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Leland Hulbert
answered on Jan 3, 2023

You cannot go to jail for just speeding. If you have any other charges it is possible. If you are driving on a suspended license you are certainly at risk. I would hire an experienced attorney to help you.

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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets and DUI / DWI for Kentucky on
Q: How can I get my license back after 5,yrs ? Paid fines.

My license was suspended and I have never gotten them back. Can you advise?

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answered on Dec 28, 2022

I would start by going to the Dept Of Transportation website and getting a driver record. If it looks clean and you should be able to go to the drivers license branch to get a new license. If it’s not clean you can call them and they should be able to tell you what is wrong.

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Q: Can officers or deputy write ticket simply because they become angry??

Detained for loud exhaust deputy took my license and insurance ran my info and returned documents to me. proceeded to explain the reason an that its illegal to have a loud car. I asked what statute number that law was officer stated " i dont know" i replied " you dont know" he... View More

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answered on Nov 29, 2022

An officer cannot write a ticket simply because they are angry but if you have broken any law, including a traffic law they can charge you but they must cite the specific law and the facts and circumstances in a citation

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Q: Can officers or deputy write ticket simply because they become angry??

Detained for loud exhaust deputy took my license and insurance ran my info and returned documents to me. proceeded to explain the reason an that its illegal to have a loud car. I asked what statute number that law was officer stated " i dont know" i replied " you dont know" he... View More

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Dec 8, 2022

No. However, if you have broken the law snd they weren’t going to cite you for it, you probably should not have asked bc even if he got ad snd changed his mind, if you’ve broken the law and he cites you, the citation is valid.

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Q: Got pulled over in Hazard, KY for no insurance, no tags, and failure to wear seat belt. Will I go to jail?

Got pulled over back October 21st and the office gave me a ticket for no tags, no insurance, improper tags, and no seat belt. I’ve NEVER been in any trouble before. They wrote me up for improper tags because they put I was driving a 2012 dodge charger when in reality it was a 2010. ALSO my tags... View More

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Leland Hulbert
answered on Nov 21, 2022

If you have no record it is very unlikely that you will go to jail. You can get a much better resolution on the cases if you end up getting insurance. I would ask the prosecutor for some time for you to obtain insurance on your car. The most important thing is you do not get caught again driving... View More

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Q: What happens when one is pulled over? I had my insurance papers, but my registration wasn't updated.

I did go after to update it, but the paper he gave me with the citation said that it was 'non-payable' and that I had to go to court. What am I expected to do precisely? I've already updated it, but he pulled me over in a different county than my courthouse. Not sure what to expect.

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Leland Hulbert
answered on Nov 7, 2022

If that is your only charge you can attend court with your proof or hire a lawyer to go on your behalf. For minor traffic charges usually having proof of getting things fixed is good enough. As the charges go up or if you were charged with speeding you likely want to hire an attorney.

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Q: I got a ticket for not driving insured. With getting insurance, will it be dismissed?

I got my first ticket and I didn't have proof of insurance on the car but I bought it within 5 days later. Will I still have to pay the fine?

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Oct 28, 2022

Yes. You will still have to pay the fine and court costs. Probably a $50 fine snd court costs.

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