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Q: Received a citation ta21-801.1 doing 88 in a 55mph zone because of being tailgated.

The officer stated i was traveling at 88mph but he wasn't doing radar but just driving down the highway same as me the reason for me speeding up was due to being tailgated i requested a trial but my question is should i obtain an attorney or represent myself?

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on May 20, 2020

This is a 5 point offense, so you are at a level where hiring a lawyer can be worth your while. It only takes 8 points within a 2 year period to get suspended, so you cannot afford a 5 point conviction. Your insurance rates will go through the roof, assuming you are not dropped with a history of... Read more »

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Q: Maryland Montgomery county does a no left turn Sign also mean no I turn? If so why no post a no left plus no uturn sign
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on May 5, 2020

I guess they figured it was obvious that if you can't make a left turn, you can't make any left turn, including a left u-turn. A left u-turn involves turning left, which is the action deemed unsafe or undesirable at that location. Note that "no left turn" does not specify only... Read more »

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Q: 2013 Maryland Code § 22-401 what if the electric horn I use is the same as one an emergency vehicle would use?

Even though it isn't technically a siren, whistle or bell, some people may still mistake my vehicle for an emergency vehicle. Could I potentially be charged for impersonating a government official (i.e. police) if I used the same electric horns they use?

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Apr 15, 2020

Yes.

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Q: 2013 Maryland Code § 22-401 - Horns and warning devices Does this section outlaw electric horns on regular cars?
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Apr 15, 2020

No, it only prohibits the sound of a siren, whistle or bell, the purpose of which is to prohibit people from mimicking or being mistaken for a fire rescue, ambulance, police or similar emergency vehicle. Vehicle alarms may emit a siren, whistle or bell sound, so long as the driver or occupant is... Read more »

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Q: Can I be sued for emailing a company factual statements about about their future employee?

I emailed the company about this person’s character

Eric Todd Kirk
Eric Todd Kirk answered on Mar 30, 2020

The essence of defamation is spreading untrue things about individuals that harm them. Truth is always a defense in any defamation action.

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Q: I got three tickets at once, one was TA.21.901.2 {aggressive driving} also TA.21.800.1{Speeding} and TA.21.309.B

the last one was for changing lane unsafe. Does the speeding and change of lane meet the critera for aggressive driving? Should it be three violations?

Lee Eidelberg
Lee Eidelberg answered on Mar 30, 2020

Yes, aggressive driving requires three (3) underlying violations. Speed and lane change are only two of the requisite 3 violations necessary for an aggressive driving charge.

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Q: I got a ticket TA-21-801.1 for$290 i was 72mph in35mph speed limit what can i do

My work store was robbed i scared and going to store

Lee Eidelberg
Lee Eidelberg answered on Mar 21, 2020

do not pay the ticket and request a trial date. If the officer does not appear, you may obtain an acquittal. Even if you are found technically guilty, the circumstances and a prior good driving record could result in you avoiding points for a conviction.

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Q: I have warrant out for my arrest for traffic citations will they arrest me if I walk in the courthouse

I have to file for a motion of recall

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Feb 18, 2020

You never know. The Sheriff's Office typically has deputies present in the courthouse, and of course there are often police officers there for court. While you might walk in, drop off the motion, and not identify yourself as the defendant (the person filing a motion is not necessarily the... Read more »

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Q: How to beat reckless driving ticket in MD?

I was given a citation for reckless driving in a Walmart parking lot in Maryland. The officer claims i was “zipping around” in the parking lot near a forklift driver. The driver wasn’t near the roadway at all. This officer has stopped me before and doesn’t particularly like me. How do i fight this?

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Jan 27, 2020

Request a trial (not a waiver hearing). It really comes down to how the officer describes your driving and whether it meets the threshold to convince the judge. Ideally you can identify the forklift driver an subpoena him as a witness to testify that he did not believe how you were driving placed... Read more »

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Q: Do camera issued traffic citations go on your driving record or get reported to your auto insurance?
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Jan 21, 2020

Camera tickets appear on your driving record once you pay them, or after you fail to pay them on time. They do not result in points, may not be used as a basis to suspend your license, and may not be used or considered in connection with an insurance company either setting your premium or granting... Read more »

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Q: My 18 year old was driving without a license, at that time he did not even have his permit.

He has to go to court this week...does he need a lawyer?

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Jan 13, 2020

It would be wise. Driving without a license is a jailable offense, which although may not be a likely sentence, depends on other factors like his past history. Also, a conviction will seriously set back the time frame for his obtaining a license, and will result in 5 points. So, yes, a lawyer in... Read more »

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Q: Can speed cameras be used to charge someone with reckless driving in Maryland?

The Maryland government website says there’s a flat fee of $40 for anyone caught by a speed camera driving 12mph or more over the limit. My sister (a VA driver, if that matters) believes she may have been going 25mph over. Completely on accident — was distracted and didn’t realize she’d... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Dec 20, 2019

No. Speed cameras can only issue citations for speed, and in any event, speed alone (unlike in VA and DC and some other states) cannot be he sole basis for charging reckless driving in Maryland. FYI, payment of the fine does not result in points and cannot be considered by an insurance company in... Read more »

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Q: In Maryland: If a traffic light turns from yellow to red after entering an intersection, is that a violation?
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Nov 17, 2019

A yellow (amber) light is a favorable light, same as green. Once a vehicle enters an intersection on a yellow light, it has the right of way to complete its passage and all other traffic must yield the right of way.

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Q: Got ticket for, TA-16-303(f) in Maryland. My ticket says MUST APPEAR but the officer didn't put a date for court?

If I need to appear in court, why didn't the officer put a court date?

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Nov 17, 2019

Court dates are set by the District Court and mailed to your address on your license. The officer does not schedule the date. Trial will be scheduled for a District Court location in the county (or City of Baltimore) where the offense occurred. This offense carries up to one year in jail, a $1,000... Read more »

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Q: What are my chances of jail? How does the community service work?

Maryland driver here. Got pulled over in Marion VA for reckless driving going 102 in 70 for about 5 seconds trying to get around a cluster of slow drivers (they were going about 55-60). Clean record otherwise though theres some speeding tickets from cams on my vehicle. Wondering about the chances... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Nov 15, 2019

You need to repost this with Virginia selected as the geographic region as you need the advice of a Virginia lawyer.

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Q: TA-21-201(a1). Will there be any points to this citation? A driver of mine went into a street that trucks aren't allowed

My driver accidentally went into a street that trucks weren't allowed in, the officer issued a citation, court date isn't set up yet. Will there be any points to this citation?

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Oct 29, 2019

It's 1 point. Request a trial (not a waiver hearing) and there's a chance to either get a not guilty if the officer fails to show, or a "probation before judgment" disposition which strikes the guilty finding (no conviction, no points, but still pay a fine).

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Q: What about the driver is drunk and also do a hit and run

Ok got into a accident and the other driver was drunk and did a hit and run

Also getting on the bus the mta driver had ear phones in his ear so he didn't follow the rules so i want to sue both of them

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 22, 2019

Contact a member of the Md. Assn for Justice. They give free consultations. Not clear if you were in a car, on the bus, or what, so I can't advise you further.

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Q: Can a MD Police Officer issue a ticket after the fact? can a officer issue a traffic ticket 2 months after the “offense”

I received a traffic ticket on 08-06-2019, I paid the traffic ticket and a now I received 2 more tickets on 10-02-2019. Can a officer issue tickets 2 months after the initial encounter? The officer & I got into a argument and I requested a supervisor and spoke to one but was laughed at. Now I... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Oct 8, 2019

Obviously, you have discovered that, yes, he can, and he did. Police officers can add charges, but it is rare. Arguments might be made regarding double jeopardy or res judicata (I am not explaining those nuanced defense theories here). Go to trial on these--if they are payable, then ask for a... Read more »

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Q: Is it legal to ride in the back of a pickup truck in Maryland?
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Sep 11, 2019

No. It is not. At least, not on any roads commonly used by the public.

1 Answer | Asked in Collections and Traffic Tickets for Maryland on
Q: I am being approached by a collection agency that appears to buy old moving violation tickets in DC and Maryland

I noticed the calls are coming a little more frequent and the last call I got the rep started being more aggressive in her eluding to taking further steps of action if I don't pay these so-called outstanding tickets? The approach I took with them is I am not paying tickets dating back 6 years... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Aug 23, 2019

Generally speaking, fines and penalties do not have statutes of limitations. In the case of moving violations, nonpayment results in suspension of your driving privileges in the jurisdiction where the unpaid ticket was issued, and then upon notification to the state that issued your license (if... Read more »

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