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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on

Q: What should I do? How bad of a punishment can I get? How likely is this punishment?

I am 19. I just received my first speeding ticket and now I have a mandatory court appearance for going 85 in a 55; I was speeding to make it on time to my class.

Brandon K. Davis answered on Aug 24, 2019

Speeding 26-34 mph over the posted limit is a Class B misdemeanor - a criminal offense. Technically, it can be punished by a maximum of 6 months in jail and a $1,500.00 fine. However, as your first ticket the maximum penalties are very unlikely. The goal would be to reduce to the offense and avoid... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Tennessee on

Q: I have a tennessee dl and got into a ticket in florida. Which state do I do the defensive driving class in?4

I was in an accident in Florida and cop ticketed me for improper lane change even though the lady was behind me and seen my turn signal and got over before me and sped up so I hit her on before her drivers door with my back passinger door. Cop didnt even look at my damage of my vehicle ect... But... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery answered on Aug 23, 2019

You need to call the Court Clerk where your Citation has been issued from. They should be able to tell you what you have to do to have the Citation dismissed. The Traffic School usually issues Certificates of Completion that can be used anywhere. But call that Clerk.

1 Answer | Asked in Collections and Traffic Tickets for Maryland on

Q: I am being approached by a collection agency that appears to buy old moving violation tickets in DC and Maryland

I noticed the calls are coming a little more frequent and the last call I got the rep started being more aggressive in her eluding to taking further steps of action if I don't pay these so-called outstanding tickets? The approach I took with them is I am not paying tickets dating back 6 years plus.... Read more »

Mark Oakley answered on Aug 23, 2019

Generally speaking, fines and penalties do not have statutes of limitations. In the case of moving violations, nonpayment results in suspension of your driving privileges in the jurisdiction where the unpaid ticket was issued, and then upon notification to the state that issued your license (if... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on

Q: If I got pulled over on a suspended license, but fixed it before court do I plead guilty still or not guilty?

The pull over was in Peoria, I knew they had been suspended before but they were still suspended due to financial reasons out of my control and since I’m in college and was not working at the time so I had to depend on my parents to pay things for me.

Brandon K. Davis answered on Aug 22, 2019

If your license was suspended at the time of the traffic stop, you are technically guilty. However, the prosecutor (and judge) may be more lenient based on the fact that your license has been reinstated. In some counties, they may even be willing to dismiss the case. You or your attorney should be... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Pennsylvania on

Q: Should I try to get the points dropped from my speeding ticket?

I received a speeding ticket a few days ago. I was driving 58 mph in a 35 mph and got clocked by a speed trap. I received a ticket carrying 2 points. The officer wrote the ticket for driving 45 mph in a 35 mph and gave 2 points instead of 4 to "save us both a trip to court". He did write in the... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing answered on Aug 22, 2019

The cop was trying to cut you a break. If it's a state trooper no way will they drop anything. Even a local obviously felt that if you were doing 23 over that you need to get something more than a no points. A district justice will likely note that the cop was trying to be lenient and decide to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Louisiana on

Q: what is the worse traffic violation? careless operation or failure to maintain control?

had an accident in which i hit standing water & started hrdroplaning in my truck. hit/bumped another driver & the state trooper cited me with careless operation. on reflection, i dont feel i was careless in any way, i was very careful actually. i’am at fault but wouldn’t failure to maintain... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Aug 21, 2019

They are both moving violations that will increase your insurance for 5 years. Hire a traffic court attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Tennessee on

Q: Is there a statute of limitations on traffic tickets?

My husband has tickets showing up on his license that are anywhere from 6 to 10 years old. And a majority of them arent moving violations, but his defense is suspended and remains on hold due to the tickets.

Anthony M. Avery answered on Aug 21, 2019

I recommend hiring a competent attorney in the County where most of the Citations were issued. He may be able to Move the Sessions Judge to dismiss some of them or at least execute some of the costs. Then get paid in full receipts on each offense, or certified copies of the dismissals, and take... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for North Carolina on

Q: If someone rolls back into your car at a stoplight on a hill who is at fault?

Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Aug 20, 2019

The person rolling back is typically at fault. However, if they chose to lie and say you hit them, you will have a difficult time proving otherwise without dash cam or other video evidence or at least witness testimony. Years ago when auto insurance fraud was more prevalent, fraudsters would back... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Indiana on

Q: In Indiana, can an Indianapolis Metropolitan Officer make traffic stops or arrests outside of Indianapolis?

Andrew L. Bennett answered on Aug 20, 2019

Yes, a police officer's authority is statewide; an officer from Fort Wayne can make an arrest in Evansville. Any arrest or traffic citation must be filed according to the procedures where the stop/arrest was made.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Kentucky on

Q: What to tell judge when no tags but got insurance car in someone else's name cant get notarized and don't have time

Timothy Denison answered on Aug 20, 2019

Tell him what you just said and ask for more time to get it done.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Minnesota on

Q: Is there a length of time the state of Minnesota, anoka county specifically, has to collect a fine if I dont pay it?

I went to get my Florida drivers license but was refused because of a fine that went supposedly unpaid from 2011, 8 years ago. But I was issued a license from Minnesota and traded it for Texas when I moved. 7 years later, Florida wont licence me because of an old fine.

Thomas C Gallagher answered on Aug 19, 2019

I'm not aware of any legal time limit. There might eventually come a time when they let it go. Maybe. But generally if one state revokes or suspends a drivers license,that driver won't be able to get another in a new state; until they clear it in the original state. If it were me, I'd need to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on

Q: If an officer writes the wrong statute for or subsection on a ticket can that be unlawfully as far as stops are conside

A cop stop me because he said my temporary permit is coming loose of its tape in the rear window what he wrote me up under subsection B of that statute which covers restricted plates which are two different things clearly two different things

Juan Ooink answered on Aug 19, 2019

You need to hire an attorney to assist you with this matter. The sooner you hire an attorney, the better.

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for New Jersey on

Q: A Jeep Wrangler is designed to have removable doors. Assuming the vehicle has all required mirrors and the driver is...

...wearing a seatbelt, is driving a Wrangler without doors a violation of 39:3-44?

Stuart Nachbar answered on Aug 19, 2019

I do not believe driving without the doors if the mirrors are attached to the main body is a violation

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Tennessee on

Q: How can the law enforcement have black out windows but any other vehicle on the road cannot?

The law should be for everyone

Gary Kollin answered on Aug 17, 2019

Why can police officers open carry?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Indiana on

Q: I received a speeding ticket, and I don’t get out of school in time to pay it. Can I have someone go pay it for Me?

It would be at the Noblesville Superior Court, I don’t know if that makes a difference

Andrew L. Bennett answered on Aug 17, 2019

Yes, you can have someone pay it for you. However, a speeding judgment with likely raise your insurance rates. You should consider speaking with an attorney who should be able to negotiate a resolution that will not affect your insurance. Additionally, consider contacting the prosecuting... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for New Jersey on

Q: i got a ticket in maryland for railroad crossing MR-11-392.10a. will i lose my dl

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Aug 17, 2019

Attorneys are licensed by state you posted this in the New Jersey Section I suggest you posted in the Maryland section. Also I suggest you hire an attorney if the ticket does come with a license suspension

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Q: Could not find ins. card fast enough for officer and was given a ticket. Can I show proof of ins prior to court date?

This occurred in Shelby County, TN. I was insured at the time the ticket was written. Can I show proof now and not have to go to Court Date? If so, how? Also, is there a fine if you actually had insurance on date of citation?

Anthony M. Avery answered on Aug 16, 2019

You could hire an attorney who might work it out with the Prosecutor prior to Court. But from your on line location, I would go to Court with both an Insurance Card and the Declaration Sheet, along with some cash. The Judge should dismiss it, but he may not as apparently you did not make the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Louisiana on

Q: What is the fine for parking in a boifide handicap spot in louisiana illegally....in an apt complex

Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Aug 16, 2019

Call the Sheriff's Office.

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on

Q: I forgot about a court date august 7th30 day to turn self in or warrant will be issued

Brandon K. Davis answered on Aug 16, 2019

You can go to the Clerk’s Office and you or your attorney should file a motion to have the case brought in before the judge as soon as possible.

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1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law and Traffic Tickets for Texas on

Q: What happens if i didn’t tell the Tax office that i got a ticket on the day i was getting my registration renewed?

I passed my state inspection and was on my way to the tax office when i was stopped by the police officer.

Grant St Julian III answered on Aug 15, 2019

You will not be entitled to the compliance fee dismissal on the citation since you did not pay the late fee (of about $8) for the registration.

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