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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Employment Law for California on
Q: I’m about to go through a background check to get a security clearance for a new job. I had a failure to appear in court

I was driving a company truck in Arizona that wasn’t registered (I was unaware) and I got pulled over and got a ticket. I gave the ticket to the company to pay because it wasn’t my fault and they never did… so I got a random letter in the mail and it said my license was suspended and I missed... View More

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answered on Apr 4, 2024

Under California law, a failure to appear (FTA) in court is generally considered a misdemeanor offense. However, the specific consequences and how it appears on your record may vary depending on the severity of the original offense and the circumstances surrounding your case.

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Q: Can I take an online driver course at 19 to offset demerit points for 60mph in a 45 if my prior driving history is clean
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answered on Apr 3, 2024

Attending a DMV-approved driver improvement clinic voluntarily may result in you being awarded 5 safe driving points. This can be done once every two years. When you enroll you should be able to provide your reason for attending the clinic; if it's entered into the system as being done... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Minnesota on
Q: My son was killed by a 16 year old driver, who is only being charged with FAILURE TO MAINTAIN A SINGLE LANE violation.

The Accident Reconstruction Report, the Crash Report, the Field Report and 2 eyewitness statements are available, and all show that the 16 year old driver crossed over the center line causing the accident. The eyewitness reports specifically state that it appeared to be intentional, with the 16... View More

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson
answered on Mar 31, 2024

There is nothing you can do for force the county attorney to charge out any particular offense. You can certainly voice your opinions on what you believe should occur in the case, but ultimately, the County Attorney has the ultimate authority of what, if anything, to charge out in this case.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets and Constitutional Law for Idaho on
Q: I was stopped for going 41 mph in a 35 mph zone and I got surprise K9 searched. I also never went faster than 39 mph.

The cop asked for my license and registration after telling me he stopped me for speeding and that I was driving 41 mph in a 35 mph zone. I knew he was bullshitting and never even hit me with a speed gun because I have a radar. He also asked if he could search my vehicle and asked me a million... View More

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answered on Mar 30, 2024

Based on your description, there are several potential issues with the traffic stop and search:

1. Pretext for the stop: If you were not actually speeding (as your radar indicated), the officer may have used the alleged speeding violation as a pretext to stop you and investigate for drugs....
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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: Will County Court Supervision granted for speeding (second offense)

I recently received a ticket for going 22mph over the limit in Will County. I also got a warning for following too close. I have a ticket with court supervision from a different county in Illinois from a little over a year ago. How likely are my chances of court supervision? Also, is it better to... View More

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answered on Mar 30, 2024

Practices on these maters vary by jurisdiction so a Will County judge would now better. A judge can give supervision to you up to two times in a period of 12 months. I think you get probably qualify again. I don't think it maters how you do it.

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1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI and Traffic Tickets for Tennessee on
Q: I owe $15,000 dollars for DUI,s, if I start making monthly payments on them will the state of Tennessee give license
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answered on Mar 29, 2024

Consult with an attorney after you personally contact the DOS. You will probably need to do most of this yourself, but advice or representation to get paid in full receipts may be needed. There are alot of factors involved, especially completion of all Sentence requirements which you have... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Civil Rights for Oklahoma on
Q: I found out online that Oklahoma allows an impounded vehichle to be released w/o fees to homeless/indigent. Contact??

It has put my family in financial despair that is unbelievable since my vehichle was impounded 2 weeks ago. I, my fiance, my 36 y/o daughter, 38 y/o son in law and 10 y/o grandson all have been living in a small bumper pull rv since both our households faced eviction in Mid Nov and had no other... View More

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answered on Mar 27, 2024

I'm truly sorry to hear about your challenging situation. In Oklahoma, there might be provisions for impounded vehicles to be released without fees for individuals who are homeless or indigent. It's important to gather all relevant documentation that demonstrates your current living... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for New Jersey on
Q: my sister got a ticket for no insurance card ticket in bayonne NJ, when she was just late to show the card.

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My sister was visiting me from Philly and got a ticket in Bayonne, NJ while driving my car. she was dropping me off at the train station and while heading back to home in bayonne she missed a red light which was not obvious at a corner on avenue C and cop who a guy gave her... View More

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answered on Mar 26, 2024

So this ticket is not for the car not having insurance, but for the driver being unable to display insurance information at the time of the stop. Therefore it is not so clean cut. An attorney can always help make sure you are not being taken advantage of in traffic Court. If their is a way to get... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for California on
Q: Hello, I received a ticket for failing to yield to a pedestrian. CVC 21950.

My situation and question; 2 lane road. From right to left. 1/2/3/4. I was in lane 1, merging to turn right. The pedestrian was crossing from the 4th into 3rd lane, I slowed, then deemed it was safe to pull through. After I completed the pass is when I was stopped for failing to yield.

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answered on Mar 26, 2024

Under California Vehicle Code 21950, drivers are required to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection. This means slowing down, stopping if necessary, and taking all care to avoid endangering the... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Civil Rights for Kentucky on
Q: I need to know what the laws R regarding Towing an impound. Can I use someone with a valiant driver's license to pick up

I have the title. I just need someone else to get the car out of there with a valid license and I have that too. They're saying that. I can't get it out with my license even though i'm the car owner c I found out this morning, My license is suspended, but it says on the kentucky.gov... View More

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answered on Mar 26, 2024

The laws and regulations regarding towing and impound retrieval can vary significantly depending on the location and the specific policies of the towing service. In Kentucky, as mentioned on the official state website, a licensed driver is typically allowed to pick up an impounded vehicle on behalf... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Virginia on
Q: Will I get in trouble for accidentally passing a school bus?

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This morning I was driving to work and a school bus pulled out in front of me and I quickly switched to the next lane over. The reason I’m concerned is because as soon as the bus pulled out they were slowly moving and I didn’t realize they were about to stop again. I’m not... View More

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answered on Mar 22, 2024

There are two Virginia statutes governing the passing of a school bus. They both discuss a vehicle "approaching" a stopped school bus and require that the school bus actually be stopped when it is passed. The statutes do not appear to apply to the situation you have described; this, as... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets and Native American Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Cherokee citizen on travel land, Was arrested by non cross deputized officer

I Was stopped and arrested wasn’t given a reason for being stopped or a citation but was given citations for what happened after the stop by Arcoma Ok. City police officer that hasn’t been cross deputized it was $1850 to get out I paid a thousand and owe the 850. I’m a citizen of Cherokee... View More

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answered on Mar 21, 2024

In situations involving Native American citizens and law enforcement, the legal jurisdiction can be complex, especially on tribal lands or concerning tribal members. Generally, whether a non-cross-deputized officer has authority to arrest a Cherokee Nation citizen depends on where the incident... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets and Civil Rights for Missouri on
Q: Brendlin vs California

In the context that I am reading regarding police detainment for a traffic stop. Does that context apply to a commerical vehicle in which someone in a passenger seat or bunk of a commerical vehicle is detained when the basis of the stop wasn't because of an observed violation but merely a... View More

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answered on Mar 21, 2024

In Brendlin v. California, the Supreme Court held that passengers in a vehicle are seized just like drivers during a traffic stop, meaning they are entitled to challenge the legality of the stop. This principle applies regardless of the vehicle's nature, be it personal or commercial. So, if... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Texas on
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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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Louisiana on
Q: I got a ticket on my honeymoon in Louisiana and I was in a rental car when I returned the rental car I left ticket.

I cannot find the ticket and I need to get it taken care of because my license is suspended in Texas now where I live.

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Mar 20, 2024

Short version is hire a traffic ticket lawyer in the area where the ticket was issued to negotiate a resolution. If you are not sure where the ticket was issued, I suspect if you contact motor vehicles in Texas they can tell you whre in Louisiaina the ticket was issued. If oyu hire a traffic... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Virginia on
Q: The bus was pulled off the side of the road to right of lane edge solid white line and not on "any highway," Violation?
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answered on Mar 20, 2024

The Code of Virginia (specifically, Title 46.2, which governs most traffic matters) defines "highway", "roadway", and "shoulder" separately. That being said, there are times when traffic rules will apply to vehicles on the shoulder. For instance, Section 46.2-888,... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for California on
Q: I got pulled over and cited and released for four traffic warrants,given a court date will I be put in jail at court?

It says booking required on all four citation,should I go to substation and do this before court? The warrants are old,could I pay fines instead of jail time?

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answered on Mar 19, 2024

If your citations indicate that booking is required, it's generally advisable to handle this before your court date. By doing so, you might be able to streamline the process and potentially avoid being taken into custody at your court appearance. Contact your local law enforcement agency or... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Virginia on
Q: What do I do if I was found guilty for speeding but in the court database states stated I was guilty absentina?

In Virginia I did go to court for citation just infraction speeding 54 on a 35. I have a super clean record as well, nothing on it was hoping I get a break. Cop did not ask typical questions like where are you going why are you almost going criminal speed. He was super quick on giving me a ticket.... View More

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answered on Mar 18, 2024

If you were present then you should not be found guilty in absentia or be asked to pay the associated in absentia fee ($35 last I checked). Check with the clerk's office for the court in which your case was called to see if there's anything you can do. It's possible that the clerk... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Georgia on
Q: I have an uber blue sign on my dashboard and last night got a ticket, 40-8-90 can I fight this ticket?

I have also a picture with my uber blue sign if needed

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answered on Mar 16, 2024

Georgia law says you can't have blue lights on your vehicle unless you have authorization from the state. There is no "Uber driver" exception. You can go to court and talk to the prosecutor about it, and perhaps they would reduce or dismiss the ticket, but technically it's... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Municipal Law for California on
Q: Towing company refused to provide written authorization for grounds of tow. What can I do?

Hi! I was towed around 10:30 pm in Los Angeles County, California, for being parked in a private commercial / residential parking lot (spot read 2 hour customer parking, but I was outside of the plaza). I was in the wrong here, but I had a confusing experience releasing my car.

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answered on Mar 15, 2024

Under California law, particularly Vehicle Code 22658(l)(3), you indeed have the right to request a copy of the written authorization for towing from the property owner or their agent. This authorization should have been obtained by the towing company before they towed your vehicle. The law states... View More

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