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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Maryland on
Q: Who is at fault for an accident at intersection?

If both ways have green lights and no arrows. A driver turning left from one side, another turning right from the other, so both heading to the same spot. If they collide and the driver turning right did nothing to avoid, but driver turning left didn’t yield properly, who’s at fault? Does... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Feb 8, 2023

The vehicle turning left in your scenario must yield the right of way to the vehicle coming in the opposite direction and making the right turn. The vehicle making the left turn is at fault for the accident.

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Maryland on
Q: How should we proceed with the search that looks like was unlawful and a violation of rights.

My son which is a black 21 year old male was recently arrested in Ocean City MD over the weekend 12/31/22 for what we can only see as him being profiled but we live in Virginia. He was told by the police officer that pulled him over that his license plates didn't match his car and that he... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Feb 3, 2023

Your son needs a criminal defense lawyer. Either he/you can afford private counsel, or he needs to apply for the Public Defender in the county where the charges are pending. The lawyer will obtain all of the discovery and evidence from the State (including officer dash video and body camera video... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Maryland on
Q: In MD, school bus' flashing lights came on while I was next to it headed in the opposite direction. Can I fight ticket?

I received a ticket (Maryland State 21, Subtitle 7 of the Transportation article violation) for driving past a stopped school bus with flashing lights and the stop sign extended in PG County, MD. I was on a two-lane road, going in the opposite direction from the bus. Looking at the footage, the... Read more »

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Jan 22, 2023

You should request a trial and go to court. The judge will watch the video and you can testify to what happened. The judge will decide the case. If it was a camera ticket (as opposed to being stopped by a police officer), then there are no points assessed.

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Q: I changed lanes safely in front of a vehicle with flashing lights. I thought I was using the proper distance and I made

a lane change. I was stopped by highway police. Not understanding why?

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Jan 20, 2023

If you received a traffic ticket, you should request a trial within 30 days of the ticket and go to court. If the police officer does not appear, you would be acquitted. If the police officer appears, you can have a trial. Even if you are convicted, the judge can offer probation before judgment... Read more »

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Q: I was given a ticket on I-95N for Maryland's TA 22-223 (c) by a Sheriff. Can I fight this with lawyer or pay the fine?

It was on 01/11/2023 at 7:43 PM on I-95 North at MM 80. There was slight fog and I was using my High Beam of headlights. After a while a cop was following me for less than half mile and then gave me a ticket with Maryland's TA - 22-223 (c) in Harford county. Ticket says I need to pay $60 fine... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Jan 14, 2023

Subsection (c) of this section of the Code makes it a violation to drive behind another vehicle within 300 feet with your high beams on. It is unclear how this officer determined you were violating that section, as the officer was behind you. The charge is not a moving violation and carries no... Read more »

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Q: If I got a camera ticket in a company car, do I have to pay it. My name is not on the ticket.
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Dec 20, 2022

Great question! So, a camera ticket is mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle. Because obviously, the State has no idea who was driving, and the law presumes that it was the registered owner. But! It is a rebuttable presumption! The registered owner can contest the citation by identifying... Read more »

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Q: If i got a Traffic violation ticket in a company vehicle during business hours, do I have to pay the ticket? State MD
Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Dec 20, 2022

If your name is on the ticket, then it is your responsibility. If you fail to take care of it, your license will be suspended.

Now, if it is a moving violation, do not pay it. Request a trial within 30 days and go to court. You do not want to receive points on your license.

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Q: When exiting an apartment complex into a neighborhood road do you have to stop if there is no stop sign ?
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Dec 14, 2022

Yes. Look up the "Boulevard Rule" which applies in Maryland. Also read over MD Code, Transportation, § 21-705:

(a) The driver of a vehicle emerging from an alley, driveway, or building shall stop immediately before driving onto a sidewalk or onto the sidewalk area that extends...
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Q: What is the maximum speed you can go in a 30 mile an hour street zone you can go over the 30 miles an hour zone in MD?

Can you be given a ticket for going 12 miles an hour over a 30 miles an hour instead of 13 miles an hour and find in MD speed camera?

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Nov 13, 2022

Speed cameras result in a ticket for $45 once you hit 12 mph over the posted speed. Doesn’t matter how much over. No points. Just pay the money. Insurance companies can’t use it as a basis to raise rates.

If a cop clocks your speed and pulls you over, however, it works like this: 0-9...
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Q: Can I dispute the ticket for a School Bus Monitoring Violation?

I was right in front of the bus on the other side of the road when the stop sign of the school bus starts to flash. There were cars behind me and if I make a sudden stop the car behind me would hit me. The video shows the car behind me had not stop too. It was 7:23 am on a two way road on a morning... Read more »

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Nov 1, 2022

You can request a trial and go to court. If it was a camera ticket, the judge can watch the video and you can testify. The judge will decide whether you had time to stop.

If a police officer gave you a ticket, you should definitely request a trial and go to court since this ticket carries...
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Q: So if your vehicle isn’t registered in the state of Maryland and is registered in Florida how can they enforce the law?

13.411 CLI

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Oct 29, 2022

Next time they run the tag in Maryland, with an unpaid ticket, it gets the boot and a tow. Then you pay the tow, storage, unpaid fines that have doubled or tripled on the late penalties, in order to get you car out of hock. And no amount of crying, yelling, belly-aching or screaming at the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law and Traffic Tickets for Maryland on
Q: Is it smart for a G4 visa holder to contest a parking ticket (wrongly) issued after 52min in a 1hr parking zone?

Google maps timeline shows me departing 57min after arrival. Obviously it was a mistake by the officer. I wonder what's worse for future visa applications - the parking fine, or whatever records result from contesting and going to court. (In Montgomery County MD contested parking tickets go to... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Oct 28, 2022

Municipal parking infractions do not impact visa or immigration determinations, unless perhaps if you do not pay the fine; however, anyone can challenge a parking ticket by requesting a trial. Paying it, however, will not impact your status or approval of any future application.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Maryland on
Q: The ticket was for driving on suspended liscence after I called dmv they say my liscense wasn’t suspended
Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Oct 24, 2022

You should get a certified, complete copy of your driving record. This will prove that your license was valid on the date of the incident.

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Criminal Law for Maryland on
Q: Have a bench warrant for failure to appear for traffic violation on July 29 2022. Didn’t know about the court date.

The ticket was for driving on suspended liscence after I called dmv they say my liscense wasn’t suspended

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Oct 23, 2022

Hire a lawyer to file a motion to recall the bench warrant and reschedule the trial. Get a printout of your driving record. Give it to your lawyer.

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Maryland on
Q: I got a citation for driving an uninsured vehicle Sunday and have a must appear within 5 business days and need a lawyer
Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Oct 18, 2022

Contact an attorney right away. This offense carries possible jail time and points. If you have a good driving record, jail is unlikely and an attorney should be able to keep the points off your record. You should also get your car insured before court which will make a big difference.

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Maryland on
Q: What does improperly use of equipment mean in Maryland?

I received a speeding ticket June 2021 in Virginia during an emergency! I live in Maryland. I went to court for that ticket and explained the situation too the judge, and he dismissed the case! I find out today that I have a non violation on my driving record for improper use of equipment in... Read more »

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Oct 6, 2022

It could be an error. You should go to the Clerk's office and have them pull the file. The judge makes a handwritten decision and you can see it.

Of course, I am assuming that you are saying that you went to court for the improper use of equipment charge in Maryland and it was...
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Q: What does improper use of equipment mean in the state of Maryland?

I received a speeding ticket in Virginia during an emergency! I went to court in Va and the judge dismissed all charges and I paid the court fine! I find out today I have a non- speeding violation on my driving record in Maryland for improper use of equipment in Maryland. I do not understand! How... Read more »

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Oct 6, 2022

It is impossible for any of us to know the reason the police officer issued the citation. You can request a trial within 30 days of the ticket 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.

Do not request a...
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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Personal Injury and Traffic Tickets for Maryland on
Q: Can I sue the police department for failing to write an uninsured motorist ticket in an accident?

Fault couldn’t be determined in the accident so it is my belief my car insurance will skyrocket.

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Oct 5, 2022

No, you cannot sue the police for failure to write a ticket. They have absolute discretion on whether to issue a citation. Regardless, issuing a citation does not determine fault. You can sue the other driver and your own insurance company if he is uninsured and if you win, your rates will not go... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Maryland on
Q: Is there a right to a speedy trial for a traffic violation (running a red light)? It has been 2 years and no court date

I was told a traffic camera shows I did not stop at a red light. I have requested a court date however it has been over 2 years and a court date has not been set. Can I request the violation be dismissed due to the length of time for a court date? This is in Maryland, Prince Georges County

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Oct 4, 2022

You can make a speedy trial argument, but you are supposed to demand the speedy trial for the clock to start ticking on your speedy trial rights. Having said that, there is no harm in making the argument. Any delays brought on by Covid will be excused.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Maryland on
Q: Can i go inside the bank with my ID if i have a bench warrant
Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Sep 7, 2022

It is unlikely you would be picked up on a bench warrant by going into a bank, but you never know. There are no guarantees.

Your best bet is to consult with an attorney to see if the warrant can be recalled. In some cases, an attorney can file a motion to quash a warrant.

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