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Q: A cop says I ran a red light without stopping but I can prove I stopped, will this be enough to beat it?
Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on May 15, 2022

You should request a trial and not a waiver hearing within 30 days and go to court. If the police officer does not appear, you will be acquitted. If the police officer appears, you can have a trial. The judge will decide if you ran the red light. Even if you are convicted, the judge can offer you... Read more »

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Q: So I got a ticket and everything from the make and model my car to the address and spelling of my name was wrong.

Shouldn't I be able to get this thrown out being that the law is justified by being literal... that's a huge loop hole..was the cop drunk? How is that possible?

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on May 8, 2022

These things are unlikely to result in a dismissal of the tickets unless you are claiming that it was not you. You should still request a trial within 30 days of the offense and go to court.

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Q: If you get caught driving with a permit in Maryland, and get fined, will you be referred to DIP?

The letter reads: "The Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA) Administrative Adjudication Division is assigning you to the driver improvement program. You have either been cited for a moving violation while holding a provisional license, accumulated 5 or... Read more »

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on May 3, 2022

If you have a provisional license and are convicted of a moving violation, you must do driver improvement or the MVA will suspend your license. In addition, if you get 5 or more points in a two year period (based upon the dates of the citations), you must do driver improvement or the MVA will... Read more »

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Q: If you are a Green Card Applicant, how long can you drive using your drivers license from a foreign country?

This is in the state of Maryland. What else does a person need to do in order to get a permit or a temporary license till his/her green card application goes through?

Agnes Jury
Agnes Jury
answered on Apr 28, 2022

https://mva.maryland.gov/drivers/Pages/md-drivers-license.aspx

Best wishes!

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Q: The officer did not have me sign the ticket, is it still valid?

The ticket says “issued electronically- signature not required” but it was issued in person.

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Apr 20, 2022

Maryland citations are now printed through a computer and your signature is not required. The ticket is valid.

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Q: Vehicle does not have a front tag mount. Am I required to install one to hold front license plate? (Maryland)
Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Apr 20, 2022

Yes, you will need to mount a front tag. Maryland requires both front and back tags. You can find someone to install the mount.

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Q: If there is a turn lane between the lanes of a dual highway, is oncoming traffic required to stop for a school bus?
Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Apr 12, 2022

Yes, you must stop for a school bus even if there is a turn lane. You do not have to stop if there is a median or concrete barrier.

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Q: If there are five lanes with the middle being a turn lane the is this a divided highway

School bus is stopped in far right and I am in the far left, do I have to stop?

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Mar 26, 2022

Yes, you have to stop. A divided highway is a road with an intervening space, barrier, or a clearly indicated dividing section constructed to impede vehicular traffic. A middle turn lane is not an intervening space.

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Q: I had a ticket back in 2017 which I had a lawyer for.. I have not been driving due my health and it open with bench
Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Mar 23, 2022

If there is a bench warrant, you should retain an attorney to represent you. An attorney can file a motion to recall the warrant. If the motion is granted, the warrant will be quashed and the case set for trial. The attorney can then defend you on the charges. You should reach out to the attorney... Read more »

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Q: I got a ticket my very first time speeding instead of a citation. Should I try to fight it?

I’m a criminal justice graduate student and I do not want a speeding ticket to ruin my career.

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Mar 22, 2022

“Ticket” and “citation” are the same thing: interchangeable terms. They are the charging document for the traffic violation. Speeding is a minor non-jailable moving violation. It does not come up on a criminal background check. Your future career is safe. If you want to keep it off your... Read more »

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Q: if the bus driver did not flash red lights before putting out stop, is it best to pay for my ticket or request a plea?
Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Mar 6, 2022

If you were stopped by a police officer, then there are points and a high fine. You should request a trial and not a waiver hearing within 30 days. If the police officer fails to appear, you will be acquitted. If the police officer appears and you are convicted, the judge can offer probation... Read more »

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Q: i received a ticket for driving passed a stopped school bus allegedly. I tried to request a court date but i was told

I was told that i waiting to look and can no longer receive a court date. But it say no where on the ticket the due date of requesting a court date.

Can i still get a court date to fight this ?

Is it true that a date should be on the ticket of how long i have to request a court date ?

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Mar 4, 2022

The Maryland Uniform Citation form has an inset box on the lower right portion of the ticket that contains instructions on how to pay, plead to the ticket, and how to request a tial date, and it states the timeframe (30 days) you have to do it in. It is in small print, so perhapse yu overlooked... Read more »

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Q: I was just released from prison and my driver's license expired while in jail.do I have to retake the tests

I was told a law was passed that if incarcerated you don't have to retake everything

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Feb 25, 2022

I am not aware of this law, but it does not mean that it does not exist. Your best bet is to contact the Motor Vehicle Administration and ask.

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Q: Does Title 21-706 apply to 5-lane highway that includes two lanes on each direction of traffic, plus a turning lane?

I received a citation for going in the opposite direction of a school bus stopped on the opposite end of the 5-lane highway (the highway is not divided, but has a center lane for turning vehicles).

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Feb 11, 2022

Yes, the statute applies under these facts. It would not apply if there was a median dividing the highway.

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Q: Hi,want to get back drivers license. Had them revoked 30 yrs. ago. What is the best way about doing it.

I am 65 and need for doctors etc. Also want to know if the points are still active if I get them back. Thanks

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Jan 24, 2022

It depends on the reason for your losing your license in the first place. If it was for point accumulation only, then you were eligible to become reinstated following the suspension or revocation period. There are different procedures depeding on whether you were merely suspended, or were... Read more »

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Q: Can I get a hardship license? I have a back injury and unemployed. I lost my job in October and can't work do to injury

I have unpaid traffic tickets and can't afford to pay them, because of my injury what can I do?

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Jan 12, 2022

We’re these fines imposed by a judge after you requested a trial date and appeared for trial? If so, and if 90 days or less has passed since the trial date, you can file a motion with the court for reconsideration and reduction of the fines

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Q: My license was suspended on January 7th (Non-Resident Violators Compact Suspension). I received a citation in NC.

I never received any documents via mail for my citation or suspension notice. Is it worth appealing this or should I just pay the fine to reinstate ? **more details per my last questions response. The citation was because I didn't come to a complete stop at the stop sign. My only concern... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Jan 12, 2022

It is a minor moving violation, and although I do not know NC penalties for this offense, in Maryland that would be a 1 point infraction, so a very minor non-significant impact on your driving record and no effect on your driving privileges. Again, you need a NC lawyer to explain the consequences... Read more »

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Q: My license was suspended on January 7th (Non-Resident Violators Compact Suspension). I received a citation in NC.

I never received any documents via mail for my citation or suspension notice. Is it worth appealing this or should I just pay the fine to reinstate ?

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Jan 11, 2022

You do not state what the citation was for—how serious it is, or what the potential consequences will be if you simply pay it. Some states penalize speeding a certain mph above the posted limit as reckless driving, which can carry jail, or enough points upon conviction to result in suspension or... Read more »

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Q: Will my license be suspended if I pay a fine for letting unlicensed driver behind the wheel

Unlicensed driver rear ended another car on high way

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Dec 29, 2021

DO NOT PAY IT. It carries 5 points. That's 3 points short of suspension of your privilege to drive in Maryland, but will trigger a point system conference with the Maryland MVA. Conviction will also be reported to Virginia (if that is where you are licensed--you list Ashburn, VA on your... Read more »

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Q: What is the penalty for driving for two years on expired, out of state tags, with a tampered with, handwritten decal?
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Dec 20, 2021

Driving with expired tags: $500. Displaying and driving with tampered/altered tags, or with fraudulent intent: two months and/or $500. The length of time you drive with them does not change the possible penalty.

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