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Q: Hello I have a citation, and I was wondering if I am traveling on a main roadway and there is a soild yellow line

Indicates no turning / crossing the line from my side do I have to stop on a school bus sign/signal due to it just being for the opposite side of traffic in this case would those lines not act as a median of sorts for traffic ?

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr answered on Nov 29, 2021

Yes, you must stop for a school bus. The law says you do not have to stop if there is a median. A double yellow line is not the same. Take a look at the statute.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets and Cannabis & Marijuana Law for Maryland on
Q: Appealing judge’s decision, how do I prep for court?

I received a citation for possession of a substance and I am now appealing the Judge’s decision. How do I prep for court?

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Nov 17, 2021

You hire a lawyer. A lawyer is trained in the law, and a criminal defense attorney is specifically trained in preparing, arguing and defending criminal cases. You are not. An open-ended question like yours is the equivalent of asking how do you perform a surgical procedure on yourself. Lawyers... Read more »

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Q: If the bus is stopped and waits to extend the stop sign right as I'm passing by it, will I still be fined?

The bus driver was waiting for me to pass by before extending the stop signs and it just so happened to extend it right as I'm passing by. Can I fight the fine?

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr answered on Nov 8, 2021

You can always go to court to fight these tickets by requesting a trial within the time period listed on the citation. There are two types of tickets for passing a school bus. First, you can pulled over by a police officer. If this is the case, request a trial within 30 days and go to court. These... Read more »

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Q: Do you get points for a failure to stop for a school bus ticket?
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Oct 5, 2021

Yes, the violation carries 3 points and a maximum of $570 in fines. You should request a trial (not a waiver hearing). A judge can both reduce the fine as well as grant a “probation before judgment” (PBJ) disposition that removes the conviction and points from your driving record. That will... Read more »

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Q: Who enforces Maryland's vehicle exhaust modification law?
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Sep 21, 2021

The police enforce violations of the vehicle code by way of issuing citations, warnings, and repair notices. Thereafter, depending on the nature of the citation, the court gets involved if you request a trial or hearing, or the MVA takes action based on imposing points, or suspension of vehicle... Read more »

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Q: What laws does maryland have about out of state license? I can't find an actual law saying they're illegal.

I was recently stopped and told that my out of state license was invalid because I am living in Maryland, but I'm moving back to the state the license is from and have planned to the entire time I have lived here. I can't find the laws about licensing that say anything about an out of... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Aug 27, 2021

Transportation Code, 16-102

https://govt.westlaw.com/mdc/Document/N99DEF710708F11E7BD2ABB9CAAB41EA0?viewType=FullText&originationContext=documenttoc&transitionType=CategoryPageItem&contextData=(sc.Default)

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Q: I have a moving violation for a bus that was stopped - there was no way for me to stop safely is it my fault
Lynndolyn Tippins Mitchell
Lynndolyn Tippins Mitchell answered on Aug 2, 2021

If the bus was a school bus, you would be at fault if the stop sign on the bus was displayed. If it was another type of bus, it depends on what the violation alleges.

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Q: What does it mean in Maryland traffic court if they choose to increase your fine? Does this increase the points too?
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Jul 17, 2021

No, the violation charged on the citation fixes the points upon conviction, and the fine on the citation is merely a recommended pre-set fine the officers are required to put on the ticket in accordance with the District Court ticket manual; however, all traffic violations carry a fine range... Read more »

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Q: Yesterday I was pulled over for going 97 in a 55.

Couldn’t locate my temporary registration at the time that the dealership had given me and my tags came back as being registered to my old car because the mva hasn’t processed the transfer yet. The trooper gives me a citation for speeding, prudence, and negligent driving as well as failure to... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Jul 5, 2021

Hopefully you requested a trial and not a waiver hearing, as you can do better on a trial date, including working out a deal with the police officer directly to get some tickets dropped. The speed citation carries 5 points, which will put you at 7 current points total, so 1 point away from... Read more »

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Q: Can I request radar verification records for a speeding ticket?

Officer gave me a citation for speeding and prudent negligence, not sure if he used radar or not. If I can request this documentation, how do I do so without a lawyer?

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Jul 4, 2021

At court, either before your case is called or when it is called and you are standing before the judge with the officer present, you inquire whether the officer used a radar, laser or Lidar device to document your speed, or whether he paced your car using his vehicle speedometer, and does he have... Read more »

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Q: I lived in Md awhile back and apparently had some traffic tickets that escalated into a court date that I was never

aware of. Called Md and they said I have to go to court to pay. I live in Massachusetts now.

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Jun 25, 2021

Call a Maryland lawyer, have the lawyer look up the citations in the online case search system, and the lawyer can determine what can be done in terms of dealing with the situation without you having to come back, and without serious repercussions to your license.

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Q: i don’t know what to do to pay the ticket or a get court , I want to know what charges are , I was exceeding 88in a 55 a

Also a have my provisional license the police office only gave me the ticket and he didn’t talk me if I have go to court , I want to know the charges and if they are going to put point on my license o what I can do , not get the point.

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Jun 20, 2021

It’s a 5 point offense. That’s 3 points away from a 6 month suspension, and an automatic point suspension conference before the MVA. Any result other than not guilty will extend your provisional license another 18 months. You must request a trial (NOT a waiver hearing). If the officer does not... Read more »

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Q: If I am on probation for a speeding ticket and am at court for another speeding ticket, what does that mean?

The judge asked me if I have anything on my record and I said no. But I think I’m on probation from another ticket, but thought she meant if I have points. Am I in trouble?

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr answered on Jun 15, 2021

You should have told the judge you received probation before judgment for another speeding ticket and when that occurred. The judge can pull your driving record. If you were in trouble, the judge would have told you right then and there. The judge usually pulls your driving record during your case.

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Q: What is a fta disposition?
Leonard A Englander
Leonard A Englander answered on May 24, 2021

Generally, it means "Failure to Appear". Meaning, you missed your court date.

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Traffic Tickets for Maryland on
Q: I have a tint medical exemption, can i get a license plate that states that or an official decal 2 avoid cop pull overs?

If I have a medical exemption that allows me to have 5% tint on my car windows, but I want to avoid the inevitable - being pulled over left and right by police officers because of my tint just to end up showing them my medical exemption, but I still end up late, harrassed, perhaps with a ticket for... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on May 16, 2021

Petition the MVA to adopt a regulation that allows the MVA to create and issue a decal you can affix to the exterior of the car notifying the law enforcement that the vehicle owner has a certified medical waiver for tinted windows. It would have to have an expiration date corresponding to the... Read more »

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Q: 2 questions: 1. Isn't Rt 26 in Sykesville a divided highway? 2. How long do you have from when the lights start?

I can't see who was driving but the question is still the same. Rt26 appears to be a divided hwy and at 40-45 MPH 4-5 seconds is short to react. Do we have any recourse?

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr answered on May 10, 2021

“Divided highway” means a highway that is divided into two or more roadways by:

(1) An intervening space;

(2) A barrier; or

(3) A clearly indicated dividing section constructed to impede vehicular traffic.

Md. Ann. Code, Trans. Art., Sec. 11-113.

You can...
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Q: I have old 1993 ticket for back side blasted back window n i still have pay to renew my license

Its i baltimore md

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr answered on May 10, 2021

You would need to check with the MVA. If there is a flag on your license, they will not let you renew it. In addition, you can look up the charge on Maryland Judiciary Case Search to see if your license was suspended as a result of this. Eventually, you are going to have to deal with the ticket or... Read more »

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Q: If I'm exiting a highway with traffic behind and the lights have stopped before I overtake do I have a shot contesting?

The bus was stopped in traffic with vehicles in front and behind. I was turning to exit off 140 as were a sting of other vehicles. As we approached the end of the intersection we came upon traffic which had a bus in the middle with it's lights on. The vehicle in front of me? They absolutely... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on May 6, 2021

Depends. Haven’t seen the video. If and when I do, I can give you an opinion. Ultimately, however, it will be what the judge thinks the video shows.

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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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