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Q: Can a Maryland Learner's Instructional Permit holder drive a vehicle with minors from his immediate family as occupants?
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Apr 17, 2021

Yes, but only if there is a supervising driver present who is at least 21 years old with a valid driver's license who has been licensed at least three years. If you have anyone riding in the vehicle under 18 years old who is not an immediate family who resides in the driver's household,... Read more »

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Q: Is the date of conviction for a moving violation the date issued or the date you pay the violation?

I got a moving violation 2 weeks before I’m eligible for my regular license. I have up to 2 weeks after I can get my license to pay the ticket or fight it. I don’t have good chances to fight this Delaware ticket for failing to yield. If I go to the mva and get my license and then pay the ticket... Read more »

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh answered on Apr 5, 2021

You need to hire a traffic ticket lawyer in the jurisdiction the ticket was issued and see if you can get something worked out re: your most recent ticket.

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Q: Should I pay this ticket or fight it?

I recently received a Red light ticket while proceeding to complete a U-turn. As I crossed the line during the yellow arrow, the light quickly turned red and I was flashed. I was already in the process and in the middle of the street. I was driving my aunt's vehicle at the time and I... Read more »

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr answered on Mar 19, 2021

If this was a camera ticket, you can just pay the $75.00 for the ticket. No points are assessed for camera tickets.

If you wish to fight the ticket, then your aunt would either need to go to court or call a number on the ticket and tell them you were the driver and she was not. They should...
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Q: sorry for the misunderstanding i was saying my last ticket i got was 14 months ago and i just got one now

am i still able to get away with i dont want to get the points because that would be suspensions and im not able to do that is there a way for me to plead not guilty or something i have sent the ticket in for a trial yet because i dont know if i should do trial or waiver hearing

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Mar 14, 2021

Any lawyer will tell you to request a trial, because if the officer doesn’t show, you’ll be found not guilty. If you request a waiver hearing, you are pleading guilty, and the officer is excused from appearing. You cannot argue at a waiver hearing that what you did does not meet the definition... Read more »

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Q: Is there a way to plead not guilty if officer saw me spinning wheels i havent recieved a ticker for 14 months

i havent received a ticker for over 14 months im at 7 points right now with this i think i will be at 8 and that will be a suspension i believe in maryland i am also a state inspector and will lose my job

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Mar 14, 2021

IF you ever are cited, you can request a trial by mailing in the form at the bottom of the ticket, and plead not guilty then; or if found guilty, request a "probation before judgment" which has the effect of striking the conviction and you get no points. However, you need to be charged... Read more »

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Q: What should I do for my speeding ticket?

My car was recently totaled in an automotive accident. I received a speeding ticket a while back. Another car was speeding over 100MPH but the way my car looks (show car for car meets) I got singled out and pulled over. I requested a trial/hearing to contest the ticket and I received my... Read more »

Leonard A Englander
Leonard A Englander answered on Mar 12, 2021

Yes, you should go to court. Failing to do so can get you into quite a bit of trouble (ie. a failure to appear, etc.). Once you request the hearing, you pretty much have to go. Also, dependong on your driving record and the nature of the infraction, you may be able to get a lighter outcome (ie.... Read more »

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Q: Can I get this ticket if my car has no front bumper on??
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Feb 23, 2021

This ticket? Maybe that ticket. You can be cited for driving an unsafe vehicle. Bumpers are mandated by regulations adopted under the transportation article of the Maryland Code and must comply with numerous specifications regarding height, location and safety standards as set by federal laws and... Read more »

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Q: Wrong vehicle listed on speeding ticket

I live in BelAir Maryland and was pulled over for speeding. The officer wrote the ticket for a vehicle that I sold over a year and a half ago. Should I goto court for this ticket in hopes of getting it dropped or hire a lawyer or just pull up my big boy pants and pay the ticket and accept the 2... Read more »

Lee Eidelberg
Lee Eidelberg answered on Jan 28, 2021

Why in the world would you plead guilty by paying the ticket and receiving the points? The Citation can be proven defective!

Yes, you should absolutely request a trial - not a "waiver hearing? - and consider retaining an attorney to represent you. If you can establish that you were...
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Q: Stopped 7/2020 by a MDSP in Cecil County cited for missing front plate and a brake light. $140 fine.

During stop trooper wore no face mask committing a Misdemeanor. Filed an internal affairs complaint, which was investigated and sustained as true. I asked for officer to be charged, but Commander refused. I have tickets ($140) and requested a trial, which has been postponed 2 times by the State.... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Jan 26, 2021

What you describe may or may not constitute legal defenses to the charges against you. However, the plate and light are usually "fix it" tickets and you should have proof of correction when you go to court. If you plead "no contest" you can raise the misbehavior of the trooper... Read more »

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Q: My traffic court date was cancelled due to coronavirus. Does this mean I am going to have a later date sent?
Leonard A Englander
Leonard A Englander answered on Jan 10, 2021

Yes. They will reschedule the date once the Court moves into the next phase.

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Q: I violated Transportation Article Section 16-113 (f) of MD Vehicle Law and got a 1 year suspension, is this ethical ?

I was in an accident with my learners permit by myself on 2/02/20 and my court date was originally in March but was pushed back more than five times before I got one on 9/30/20 and the judge reduced the fines and the penalties but I found out on 11/23/20 that my suspension would begin on 12/08... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Dec 13, 2020

Yes, request a hearing, otherwise you will be suspended 12 months. The Administrative Law Judge may reduce the suspension period, or you may be able to defend the suspension and avoid it entirely. It isn’t a matter of ethics. You drove on a learners permit without supervision and caused an... Read more »

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Q: Must a driver "signal his intentions" to change travel lanes on any road in Maryland? Please quote code or statute.

Is a driver required to properly signal (using hand or electrical signals) a lane change on a multilane roadway in MD? The MD transportation code seems to be vague on this point.

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Nov 27, 2020

I imagine you were cited under MD Traffic Code 21-604, and if so, you have a reasonably good argument in defense that it does not apply. It’s a bit ambiguous and the ambiguity has to do with the word “turn” but because there is a separate paragraph that permits, but does not require, use of a... Read more »

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Q: Looking to obtain any advice on how to handle a largely complicated traffic matter that has accumulated over 20 years.

I've never held a MD driver's license. However, my license has been "suspended" since 2000. As a result I have $1300 in fines and 8 points. But have never had a license....

I was cited for driving on suspended 01/17/2020. Scheduled for hearing 12/28/2020 due to covid... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Nov 19, 2020

Points only stay active on your driving record for two years from the date of the violation. The MVA sends a notice of suspension or revocation based on point accumulation within any two-year period of 8, 12 or more points, or conviction of certain serious traffic offenses (like DUI). Unless you... Read more »

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Q: Are Denton md courts giving jail time for driving without a license and speeding during this epidemic?

This is the 3rd offense on 2 years

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Nov 12, 2020

Any judge in any county might do so, if that seems to be the only way you’ll get the message and stop driving without a license. The prior two convictions and sentences didn’t send the message. A judge will have to seriously consider that you will not get the message this time either. It’s... Read more »

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Q: Are there points involved with these violations ? Ta.13.401.h Ta.13.411.d Ta.13.401.b1
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Oct 8, 2020

No. No points. Not moving violations.

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Q: TA-21-201(a1) Contributed to Accident Defendable?

Was assessed a $130 fine for TA-21-201 Contributed to Accident where I turned left out of an apparent right turn only (only signage was pavement, no left turn prohibited sign). Cop said he had me on video, presumably dash cam.

Main issue other than the hefty fine is that the ticket is... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Oct 5, 2020

Of course it’s defensible. Request a trial, not a waiver hearing. Hire a lawyer if you really want to raise all possible defenses, otherwise you will at least get rid of the accident enhancement.

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Q: TA-21-1132(e5) I cannot find this Article/section/charge anywhere.

I got a traffic ticket and I was trying to look up the article and read about the ticket I got. I was also trying to find out how many points it would be, if any. Thanks in advance for the help. -Brady

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Sep 29, 2020

Here’s the link:

https://govt.westlaw.com/mdc/Document/N744BF69095EB11EA996DBC9F5592B2F7?viewType=FullText&originationContext=documenttoc&transitionType=CategoryPageItem&contextData=(sc.Default)

It only applies to certain moving violations in a designated “special...
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Q: Do I need to be present in court if I request a trial for a speeding ticket?

Got a $290 ticket for doing 63 in a 30. If I request a hearing, do I need to show in court or can I just send a lawyer?

Leonard A Englander
Leonard A Englander answered on Sep 17, 2020

No, you don't need a lawyer. However, a lawyer can be very helpful in terms of explaining the law, preparing your defense and presenting your best front to a judge.

Hope that helps!

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Q: Had court date but pandemic came. Wasn’t given a court date and license for suspended

I got scheduled a court date for 39:3-40 back in March for my insurance I believe. Pandemic came and they scheduled it again for June but courts weren’t open. Just paid that ticket from the courts and it was $153 plus $33 court fees. Before me paying that ticket, I got pulled over again for my... Read more »

Leonard A Englander
Leonard A Englander answered on Sep 6, 2020

Hi there,

That sounds frustrating. I doubt you will lose your license. In all likelihood, you will show up at the mandated hearing, explain what happened to the prosecutor and if you can show proof that everything is in good order (ie. license is back in good standing, registration is good,...
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Q: Will I get a point on my license for this?
Leonard A Englander
Leonard A Englander answered on Sep 6, 2020

Hi there,

I would be happy to answer this, but I can't seem to find any information as to the nature of the ticket. Can you provide some more information?

Best,

-Leonard

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