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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

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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, Gov & Administrative Law and Traffic Tickets 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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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

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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

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Texas on
Q: How do I motion the court for discovery specifically the arresting officer's report?

On 3/23/2023 I was pulled over for not having plates on my private automobile. Sheriff's deputy requested driver's license and insurance documents. When I asked why he threatened me by saying if I didn't provide those documents he would break my window arrest me. I again told him I... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Sep 23, 2023

File a motion asking for the arresting officer’s report. But don’t expect it to describe your encounter quite the same way you recall it.

Personally, I’d ask for the bodycam video.

And you don’t have a right to drive your private automobile on public roads without license...
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Q: How do I motion the court for discovery specifically the arresting officer's report?

On 3/23/2023 I was pulled over for not having plates on my private automobile. Sheriff's deputy requested driver's license and insurance documents. When I asked why he threatened me by saying if I didn't provide those documents he would break my window arrest me. I again told him I... View More

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answered on Oct 15, 2023

To obtain the arresting officer's report, you should file a motion for discovery with the court handling your case. Ensure you reference your case number and clearly specify the documents you seek, in this instance, the arresting officer's report. It's advisable to use the... View More

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Q: Why am I being charged with traffic violation tickets from when I was a minor
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answered on Sep 18, 2023

The charging of traffic violation tickets from when you were a minor in Texas can occur due to the absence of a statute of limitations for many traffic offenses in the state. If you failed to address these tickets when you were younger, they may have remained unresolved in the court system,... View More

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Q: Can I seal, expunge, or appeal a guilty disposition for Failure to Appear in a traffic ticket?

I apparently plead guilty to a traffic ticket failure to appear and now it is making it difficult to find a job with a failure to appear on my record.

Grant St Julian III
Grant St Julian III
answered on Aug 22, 2023

A motion for new trial to set aside a final judgement is POSSIBLE in any case, but the time limit to file such a motion is very limited. If more than 30 days have elapsed since your plea/judgment, the answer to your question is no, you cannot appeal.

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Q: Can I seal, expunge, or appeal a guilty disposition for Failure to Appear in a traffic ticket?

I apparently plead guilty to a traffic ticket failure to appear and now it is making it difficult to find a job with a failure to appear on my record.

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answered on Aug 22, 2023

Addressing a guilty disposition for Failure to Appear (FTA) in a traffic ticket in Texas might involve exploring alternative approaches, as options like sealing, expunging, or appealing the disposition may be limited. Sealing or expunging records typically apply to cases that didn't result in... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for Texas on
Q: Driveway parking lot and curbside on our home side, is it illegal? Can HOA even break the law?

I have a total of 5 vehicles. 2 front sides of our home, one on each side of the curb, alternate with the rest of the 3 vehicles to avoid 24-hour stationed public street law. The third vehicle parks inside the square of our driveway, across in front of the other 2 vehicles. Is not blocking the... View More

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answered on Aug 16, 2023

Parking in your driveway and along the curbside of your home is typically legal, as long as you're not obstructing traffic or violating any local regulations. However, here's where things can get a bit tricky – your friendly neighborhood Homeowners Association (HOA).

HOAs are...
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Q: If an officer use a radar for speed enforcement on the roadway, does the roadway have to be surveyed?
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answered on Aug 4, 2023

In Texas, there is no specific requirement that the roadway needs to be surveyed for speed enforcement using radar. However, law enforcement agencies typically conduct periodic surveys of roadways to ensure that radar speed enforcement is conducted accurately and effectively. These surveys help... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets and Municipal Law for Texas on
Q: I was coerced by a judge into taking a plea on a charge.

I was arrested and had to post over $720 in bonds to get out jail for 2 no registration tickets and a disorderly conduct ticket. One no registration ticket I was guilty of. The other was dismissed. The disorderly conduct ticket was issued to me by a police officer that was not at the scene when... View More

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
answered on Jul 12, 2023

The "mediation" with the prosecutor is not a trial, you are not entitled to confront your accuser, therefore your rights were not violated. You were entitled to be represented by Counsel at that proceeding, did you have a PD? Private attorney? Why not? You need to speak with a criminal... View More

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