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Q: my florida Dr License will not be good after 2021 due to a traffic ticket issued in 1983 or 84...in NC. How bad is this?

I remember getting arrested for shoplifting a couple pieces of chicken but I cannot remember a traffic ticket

Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Jun 15, 2019

This is a problem you hire a traffic attorney for and just throw money at to make it go away.

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Q: I got a ticket for passing a school bus in a 4 lanes street. That day fog was extremely dense.

2 more cars ahead of me passed the school bus as well, it was very hard to see that school bus due to the dense fog. The police officer was giving another ticket to the second person and another police officer came (which he didn't see anything) and gave me the ticket. The ticket says the day was... Read more »

Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Jun 3, 2019

This is an extremely serious traffic offense - so just hire a local traffic attorney. However, if you do represent yourself, under no circumstances should you use or even mention that incredibly lame 'fog' excuse. Even on the very extreme outside chance that you are telling the truth and the fog... Read more »

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Q: What this means? offense desc in va code sec 46.2-390.1

Amanda Bowden Houser answered on May 16, 2019

This appears to be a Virginia violation - ask a Virginia Traffic Attorney.

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Q: I recieved a no seatbelt ticket in a alley. I was not wearing my seatbelt at that moment. Is there a way to fight it?

If I go to court will it get thrown out if the highway patrol officer doesnt come to court?

Amanda Bowden Houser answered on May 8, 2019

Even if you were wearing your seat belt - which you likely were not, It isn't worth it to 'fight it' a seat belt ticket is one of several types of tickets it is often cheaper to hire a traffic attorney to take care of it for you than it is to pay the ticket off. It is $179 to pay off a seat belt... Read more »

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Q: I received a ticket in 2001 for “reckless driving”. I was by my recruiter while in basic he would take care of it

I went to have my license renewed, & NC had a hold on my DL.. Yesterday I called to see what I needed to do, pay the fine. The clerk of court said they threw it out in February 2019 since it was so old. I believe she said it was called “ inventory clean out.” I called the DMV & sure enough... Read more »

Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Apr 20, 2019

My firm has about 30 years of combined traffic ticket experience. I have never heard of what you described. However, if there is no hold on your license - do you really care how it's possible?

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Q: I was doing a donut in a empty parking lot and got a driving reckless and it’s my first offense what’s the average price

I just would like to know the average price for a first offense reckless driving ticket

Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Apr 11, 2019

It varies. If your address is correct on your ticket, you will likely get a crap ton of letters from traffic attorneys. You don't need F. Lee Bailey for a traffic ticket, so just role with the cheapest quote. In my district, I would charge you a total flat rate fee that covered everything of... Read more »

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Q: I have 3 driving while license was suspended citations. I have my license back now though. Will my license get suspended

Again?

Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Apr 7, 2019

Unless there is a miracle or you hire a good traffic attorney - yes.

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Q: I have to go to court on 5/15/2019 and need A lawyer but won't have the money to hire one until the 10th of the month!

What should I do?

Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Apr 5, 2019

Since the 10th is before the 15th - I don't see a problem here. On the 10th, you be bop down to yon local traffic attorney and hire them to take care of your ticket. And BTW you don't need F. Lee Bailey for a traffic ticket so shop around and go with the cheapest one. A lot of traffic attorneys... Read more »

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Q: can i sue my boyfriend for a ticket i took for him which he has not paid?

He was drinking and driving, at the time i did not know he had been drinking. He hit a lady and tried to do a hit and run but she chased him down. I took the ticket because my son was in the car with us, again I did not know he had been drinking. Can I sue him for not paying the ticket and me... Read more »

Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Apr 3, 2019

Frankly, I don't believe you when you say you didn't know he was drinking and no one else that matters is likely going to believe you either. So regardless of whether that is true or not - you likely should never say that ever again. Ditto for your statement that you took the ticket because you... Read more »

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Q: Can an officer lie about where they pulled you over?

I got a ticket for going "55" in a 35 while it was raining. I never drove that back road and I admit I honestly thought it was 45 because the car ahead of me had to be doing 60 because at 53 I couldn't keep up. I was speeding so I don't contest that but when reviewing the ticket the officer said I... Read more »

Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Apr 3, 2019

You lost your argument at "I was speeding" - everything else is irrelevant. Just hire a local traffic attorney. If at least your address is correct on your ticket, you will likely get a crap ton of letters from traffic attorneys. You don't need F. Lee Bailey for speeding 55 in a 35 so just pick... Read more »

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Q: I have a friend who when he was younger got about 4 driving with a license 20 years ago can he get a license in NC now

he was driving with out a license and also got dwis (he never had a license) he said last time he went to court i think around 20 years he was told to do dwi assesments he did not finish ( his mom tells me he was told he would never get a license ,,he never had them ) but can he get them in nc... Read more »

Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Mar 30, 2019

It is possible. From your description, he would need to fully comply with the requirements set forth in his DWI's then he would need to request a DMV hearing but their may be other things he needs to do as well.

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Q: In travel lane, car mergeing too close to me. Can't see over tractor hood.unsafe movement in Stop and go traffic?

I must hit air brakes turn hazard lights on, unbuckle, and stand up every time traffic stops? Don't I have right of way? Aren't mergeing traffic responsible under same law? Thanx... Answered? Don't think so.. Mergeing? Not required to give right of way to merger. ? Aren't you supposed to know... Read more »

Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Mar 22, 2019

If you mean an unsafe movement for you - likely so. If you mean unsafe movement for the merging car - likely not. If you are talking about cars merging in front of you from an on ramp, if you are on an interstate, I believe there is a federal law that requires you to allow merging traffic into... Read more »

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Q: What can I do regarding a ticket given 19 years a go and my license is flagged

North Carolina has flagged my license because a speeding ticket I dont remember and is under failure to apear the ticket was issued 19 years a go when I was station at FT Bragg NC now I don't know what to do I live in Miami FL and I don't have the means to hire an attorney.

Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Mar 18, 2019

If you don't have the means to hire an attorney - you likely don't need a license. If you do need a license, you are just gonna have to bite the bullet and pony up the dough to take care of this - which will likely be a lot. By disregarding your ticket, you have taken what could have been a... Read more »

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Q: I drive scooter no D license.Riding with a friend we both got a seat belt ticket. Was wandering what if I don't pay

We were in his car

Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Mar 5, 2019

Assuming you got the ticket in NC, if you don't pay or otherwise properly handle your ticket, your case will go into a Failure to Appear status. You will a have a twenty day grace period to take care of things, then a $200 penalty will apply on top of what ever else it takes to take care of the... Read more »

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Q: I have some old tickets at least 15 yrs old speeding and careless driving. How can I get my license back

Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Mar 4, 2019

Basically, this is a problem you throw some money at to make go away. Have a traffic attorney take care of your old tickets in a way that won't suspend you further and then apply for reinstatement with DMV - easy peasy lemon squeazy!

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Q: How can Virginiaenforce a tint violation on a traveling outofstate vehicle and getaway with violating the righttopasslaw

How can Virginia enforce a tint violation on an out of state vehicle and get away with violating the right to pass law?

Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Mar 3, 2019

You think you get to just roll thru another state and violate their laws? Really? Why limit it to your window tint? Why don't you go as fast as you want as well? I mean, how can they enforce speed limit laws against you being from out of state and all - you ought to be able to drive thru... Read more »

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Q: In North Carolina, can I make a right turn at a right arrow that doesn't display a sign prohibiting it?

I've heard conflicting views about a right turn at a red right arrow without a sign prohibiting right turn on red.

Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Feb 25, 2019

You can turn right on all red lights in North Carolina unless posted otherwise. The red arrow simply indicates that the only movement you can legally make is a right turn from the lane the arrow controls. A red arrow is not any sort of indication that you can not turn right on red if it is safe... Read more »

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Q: Passing a school bus with flashing stop sign

Today morning at 7:30, I slowly passed a school bus from the opposite direction in an undivided street while it's stop sign was flashing. It's been my first encounter with the school bus, I was totally confused. I first came to a complete stop, and then decided to pass very slowly. The driver... Read more »

Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Feb 19, 2019

You most definitely did it intentionally as you clearly state "...then decided to pass very slowly", Because you were also confused does not mean you did not do it intentionally besides intent is irrelevant in most traffic crimes - all that really matters is whether you did it - and by your own... Read more »

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Q: Received my first citation ever officer said he clocked me at 97 in 65 limit . i was charged with speeding and reckless

I was behind 3 cars the entire way and car displayed 87 not 97 . i also have improper equipment due to my check engine light displaying my car has multiple issues with lost body control malfunction . left speed sensor malfunction and lost communication with panel cluster. Dealing with speed... Read more »

Gary Kollin answered on Feb 15, 2019

Then consult with a lawyer who can review all the documents in person

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Q: My passenger side view mirror is broken , in the state of Nc how much of a ticket would it be if I got pulled over ?

Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Feb 6, 2019

You'd likely get a warning (unless you are a jerk to the stopping officer). If ticketed it'd likely be for Improper Equipment - about a $263 ticket.

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