Stephen Grooms' answer The question is whether or not your conduct was "operating a motor vehicle" under 56-1-1020, 1100. While private property vs public roads is addressed in Habitual Offender related injury charges (56-1-1105) it isn't so clear under the general statute. However it does set a nice precedent for an attorney to work with. You should contact a local criminal defense attorney to have them look into the case law to see how the courts have treated cases with your fact pattern. There may be an attorney...
Carole Jean Hayes' answer Wow. It is faulty equipment; however, that's really odd that one would get pulled over for that alone. I have little doubt that if you go to the hearing, it will get significantly decreased or dropped based upon the fact it was day light.
Peter N. Munsing's answer A seizure would be a "sudden emergency" which would let him off the hook for a civil case. As you have pointed out, in the citation that may stir up more dust than it's worth. Note that some state say doctors have to notify the state, in which case what you do in traffic court won't matter.
William Head's answer Call the police department that arrested you. They MUST know where the vehicle was towed. Go get it, and limit your storage fees. State laws allow a tow company to SELL your vehicle, if not picked up within a certain number of days.
Allison Brandt Blackwelder's answer Yes. There are standard fines that each court associates with charges listed on a citation. In some courts, there is not even a standard location to write a fine amount on a citation, so there is an implicit understanding when any ticket is written.
The bottom line is that you are going to have to pay a fine if/when you plead guilty to the ticket or if a judge finds you guilty.
You may be able to fight your citation or make arrangements for a more favorable resolution if...
Peter N. Munsing's answer There's going to be an argument. Plead not guilty. Contact a member of the SC Assn for Justice as you may have an injury claim. Give no statements to any insurance--tell yours you are fighting the citation and don't want to give a statement until you speak with your lawyer. Get a hold of the police report. Get photos of both cars. Tell your company you don't think you are at fault.
Peter N. Munsing's answer You need to read your rules of the road. In most states you pull up to the line, stop, then go. If they are far away, nothing happened, right? If something happened they weren't that far away, right? If yoiu got a ticket read your statute.Very closely.
Allison Brandt Blackwelder's answer Traffic citations can have consequences beyond court dates and fines. An experienced traffic attorney can look at you citations and let you know what options may be available to make things better. Call one today to make sure you take advantage of all of your options.
Allison Brandt Blackwelder's answer Your first step is contacting the court that handled your case five years ago and paying that fine or serving whatever sentence was ordered. If you have no other license issues, proof that you handled the old charge may be enough for the DMV to allow you to get your license back.
If you are unsure about your old case or if you have other traffic issues, it is a good idea to hire an experienced traffic attorney to help you.
Allison Brandt Blackwelder's answer Bottom line: Contact an attorney to see what options might be available to you and your specific set of circumstances prior to your court date.
Reckless Driving is a serious traffic offense and can lead to issues with license suspension, insurance premium increases, and other employment-related issues if you are convicted. Reckless driving is an arrestable offense, but the officer had the choice to take you to jail (they could have given you a citation in lieu of arrest). This tells...
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