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?
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 »
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 »
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?
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 »
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.
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 »
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?
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
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).
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 »
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 »
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 »
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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