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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Texas on
Q: Pulled over no working license plate light ..lie ..it worked ..asked to search my truck i said no they called out k9

Said k9 alerted on my truck searched it without concent found nothing held me for a hr over nothing but a license plate light that worked ..is this a violation of my rights and can i file a lawsuit against them for harassment the second officer that pulled up also agreed with the first officer and... View More

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answered on Apr 14, 2024

Based on the information you've provided, it seems that there may have been a violation of your Fourth Amendment rights, which protect against unreasonable searches and seizures. Here are a few key points to consider:

1. Probable Cause: The officers must have probable cause to search...
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Q: Is it true a cop can make you exit the vehicle for any reason even just to violate your rights and purp inflict injuries
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answered on Apr 10, 2024

No, that is not true. Police officers cannot make you exit your vehicle for any reason they want or just to violate your rights. There are specific circumstances under which an officer can legally require you to exit your vehicle:

1. Reasonable suspicion: If an officer has a reasonable...
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Q: Is it true a cop can make you exit the vehicle for any reason even just to violate your rights and purp inflict injuries
John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Apr 9, 2024

No, a police officer cannot make you exit a vehicle "for any reason" or specifically "to violate your rights" or to "inflict injuries."

During a traffic stop, a police officer can order you to exit your vehicle for many possible legitimate reasons, including as...
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Q: State of Texas warrant for running a yellow light has been outstanding for 7 years.

I was informed that a low level warrant is dismissed (falls from the system) after 7yrs. Is that true?

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Mar 20, 2024

Warrants remain active in Texas until they are resolved. Warrants are generally resolved whenever a person is arrested and posts bond for a case.

But it is highly unlikely that a police officer will arrest you solely for such a minor warrant that is so old unless the officer works for the...
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2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Criminal Law, Tax Law and Traffic Tickets for Texas on
Q: Why do people allow cops to violate their rights to travel freely without being molested by police. I'm not driving

If the supreme Court says I can travel with out a license then I can travel without a license. It's not driving because a driver is on the road to commit commerce. Why do I have to ask permission to do what I have the right to do. License are another tax on traveling.

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answered on Mar 2, 2024

You raise an interesting point about the right to travel freely. However, the Supreme Court has upheld certain restrictions and regulations on using automobiles on public roads, even if not explicitly for commercial purposes. Some key considerations on this issue:

- The Supreme Court has...
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Q: Why do people allow cops to violate their rights to travel freely without being molested by police. I'm not driving

If the supreme Court says I can travel with out a license then I can travel without a license. It's not driving because a driver is on the road to commit commerce. Why do I have to ask permission to do what I have the right to do. License are another tax on traveling.

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Mar 4, 2024

As long as you are not operating a motor vehicle on a public road, you do not have to ask permission and can freely travel without a license. You can be a passenger in another person's vehicle, or can walk on the side of a public road anywhere you want to go. In that situation, police can... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Civil Rights and Municipal Law for Texas on
Q: How can I get my car released from impound while it has a police hold

My car was impounded on a traffic stop due to bad registration and a hold was placed on my jeep, I wasn't issued a citation, the police won't release the hold without proof of registration but I can't get it registered because of the hold on the vehicle. My registration was only a... View More

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answered on Mar 1, 2024

It's frustrating to find yourself in this situation, but there are steps you can take to resolve it. Start by gathering any documentation you have related to your vehicle, including proof of ownership and any paperwork from the impound or the police. Contact your local Department of Motor... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Texas on
Q: If one has never ever had a Texas driver's license how can they give you a ticket for driving while license is invalid?
John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Feb 19, 2024

If you drive a motor vehicle while your driver license is suspended, revoked, denied, or cancelled you are driving while your license is invalid. If you never had a driver license at all, you should be charged with driving without a license. You can probably get the City or State's attorney... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Municipal Law and Traffic Tickets for Texas on
Q: Police said my new license plates didn’t match car. Car got impounded, cop took plates, cost me $400

Now he says they are registering to my car now and I can go pick up my license plate at the office. But I have to drive there with no plates and I’m out money for nothing

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Feb 16, 2024

You can take Uber or Lyft to go pick up the license plates and you have excellent grounds to demand that the seller compensate you by repaying the $400 + the cost of the rideshare. If the seller doesn't pay, you could sue in small claims court and maybe win.

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Q: Can plz tell me why they can arrest me for a blinker being out on the vehicle after searching and finding nothing else
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answered on Feb 13, 2024

In Texas, being arrested solely for a malfunctioning blinker (such as a turn signal being out) is generally not common practice under traffic law. Typically, a non-functional blinker would result in a traffic citation or warning, not an arrest. However, there are scenarios where an initial stop for... View More

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Q: New court date to show insurance under my name. Got pulled over before court and hit with another no insurance. what now

Went to my first court date late January and the judge gave me until April to show an insurance policy under my name. 1 week later I got pulled over again with no insurance and have another court date before April. What can I do?

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answered on Feb 9, 2024

Facing a second charge for driving without insurance before the deadline to present proof of insurance complicates your situation. In Texas, driving without insurance is taken seriously and can result in fines, surcharges, and potentially even license suspension. For your upcoming court date,... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Traffic Tickets and Criminal Law for Texas on
Q: If I was pulled over for no front license plate (which I had) Can a police officer lie on the report (stop and go)

He told me I was being pulled over for no front license plate(texas). I had one with a picture of a flag. He saw I had gummies I had bought from a vape shop and locked me up for a CS charge. He changed the reason to stop and go on the report. Is that legal

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Feb 6, 2024

A police officer can indicate on a traffic ticket or police report any offense observed or reported to the police officer and is not limited to a single offense even if he tells the driver that a particular offense is the reason for the initial stop.

A front license plate bearing the...
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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Traffic Tickets and Criminal Law for Texas on
Q: If I was pulled over for no front license plate (which I had) Can a police officer lie on the report (stop and go)

He told me I was being pulled over for no front license plate(texas). I had one with a picture of a flag. He saw I had gummies I had bought from a vape shop and locked me up for a CS charge. He changed the reason to stop and go on the report. Is that legal

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answered on Feb 25, 2024

No, it is generally not legal for a police officer to lie about the reason for a traffic stop in the police report.

If you were pulled over under the pretense of not having a front license plate, but you actually had one displayed, then the legal justification for the original traffic stop...
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Q: Parked in handicap spot

I briefly parked in a handicap spot in my apartment complex as I was transporting my disabled father who DOES have a handicap parking sticker and stopped at my apartment for him to use the restroom and get some stuff. I was there for like 10 minutes. When we came out I had a citation on my... View More

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answered on Feb 4, 2024

In Houston, TX, parking in a handicap spot without the appropriate handicap parking sticker can result in a citation. However, given the circumstances you've described, you have a valid argument to contest the ticket. Your father's handicap parking sticker is registered to his car, not... View More

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Q: I got a ticket 4 months ago and I called several times about it before the court date on the court date and after

I was told nothing was in for me and that they’d call me if anything came in i was never contacted and yesterday they sent me a paper in the mail saying I had to pay 250 for that ticket

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answered on Jan 19, 2024

If you received a traffic ticket in Texas, called about it multiple times before, on, and after the court date, and were informed that nothing was on record for you, only to receive a notice in the mail four months later indicating a $250 payment requirement for the ticket, it raises concerns about... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Texas on
Q: When does a registration sticker become expired and how can I keep from being searched and detained during traffic stops

Twice I have been pulled over for "traffic violations" car searched, me and my husband searched and detained without any reason. 1et time was brake light was out but I asked to see the light and the officer danced around the question I went to jail and car was towed so I never even found... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Dec 26, 2023

A registration expires on the last day of the month and year indicated on the sticker assuming it is a valid registration for that particular vehicle.

Without either probable cause or consent, a police officer cannot search your vehicle. During a traffic stop, a police officer can only...
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Q: My driveway is half concrete the other half is dirt I’ve been given a citation for parking my vehicle on the dirt

The vehicle is inside my property

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answered on Dec 21, 2023

If you've received a citation for parking on the dirt portion of your driveway in Texas, even though the vehicle is within your property, it's recommended to check local regulations about parking surfaces on private property. Reach out to local authorities for clarification on the... View More

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Q: I was parked at a park for three hours talking on the phone with my son and a Texas State trooper pulled up and knocked

On my window because he said my license plate was obstructed with a plastic shield which it had but he didn't pull me over at all....and he cited me two tickets for no insurance and no drivers license even though he didn't pull me over .I was parked at the park for three hours before he... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Nov 22, 2023

Yes, it is legal for him to give you the citations. Based on the facts and circumstances observed at the time, he had a reasonable suspicion that you drove the motor vehicle to the park because he found you sitting in it, presumably with no one else around. This circumstantial evidence may be... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy and Traffic Tickets for Texas on
Q: How to use Bankruptcy filing to re instate my Drivers License and driving privileges?

I spent many years traveling and lived in Canada which didn’t require me to renew my Texas drivers license,Now that I am back in Texas full time I went to get my license and DPS told me that I am ineligible due to a citation and failure to appear received in 2015 in Brazoria county. 2015 I was... View More

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answered on Nov 5, 2023

Filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy can potentially help reinstate your driver's license if the underlying reason for the suspension is the inability to pay fines associated with the citation and failure to appear.

When you file for Chapter 13, you propose a repayment plan for your...
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Q: Can I get my speeding ticket thrown out if the cop doesn’t give me a copy?

He stated his machine was malfunctioning and he couldn’t print the ticket. He texted me a screen shot. The screen shots are too blurry to make out any information at all.

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answered on Oct 29, 2023

You should receive a copy of the ticket at the time of the stop and it needs to be personally handed to you or you may be able to request a dismissal since there is no verification that a stop actually occurred. Therefore you should definitely fight it. You should also make sure that you don’t... View More

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