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Q: What advice would you give for submitting trail by written declaration in CA for a speeding ticket?
Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Aug 9, 2020

Go to Church and light a half dozen candles to St. Christopher- patron Saint of Travelers. Your chance of success, unless of course you have 4 witnesses with sworn declarations that you were not speeding or that you have a good legal defense to the citation, is the same chance as that proverbial... Read more »

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Q: if i get pulled over when i’m 17, but the court date is a month after i turn 18, am i still required to bring a parent?
Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Aug 3, 2020

Not Usually, you can appear without a parent if you are over 18, but your parent may be responsible to pay the fine if they signed for you on your license. It could also depend on what the violation was- Run a red light, probably not: Drive 140 mph, probably.

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Q: I received a red light camera citation in the mail. The incident occurred 7/13/20 but was not received

in the mail until 7/27/20; does that timeframe satisfy the 15 day notice requirement? See California Vehicle Code Section 40518. Also, the vehicle is not registered in my name it is registered to my husband, but the citation was sent directly to me. Everything I have read states that the citation... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Jul 29, 2020

It is within the 15 day requirement. Cannot explain why sent to you instead of H. Does not help your defense. Plead not guilty, when at trial, discuss reduction with officer or City Attorney, you might get a lesser, no point count offense, and a reduced fine. Or Contact Patricia Wagner,... Read more »

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Q: I got my first speed contest ticket, my court date is on 9/3/2020 I never been arrested I have clean record

The ticket is marked as misdemeanor..My question is what's going to happen to me since we're dealing with a pedemic

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Jul 27, 2020

Fortunately, due to CV 19, they have suspended imposition of the death penalty for this offence, so you won't get the shot in the arm. You will be called upon to go to court for an arraignment (entering a plea) and for trial, should you plead nor guilty. Attorney Patricia Wagner handles... Read more »

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Q: I got a traffic ticket in 5/22/2020 for speeding contest I never been arrested I have a clean record

My court date is on 8/3/2020 in riverside CA. My question is what's going to happen to me since we are dealing with this pedemic

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Jul 27, 2020

more info needed

a speed contest is a misdemeanor, unlike a speeding tix which is an infraction........

how fast was it? driving dangerously? where was it?

if you just want to plead guilty to a non criminal matter you can mail in money or use AAA office.

if speed...
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Q: Ticket22101 6 cvc will it matter if I only have one picture
Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Jul 22, 2020

Go back and take more photos from all angles.

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Q: Ticketd 22101 6 cvc but have a pic4evidence that the posted sign was not visible due to road construction sigh infront

infraction for 22101 6 cvc disobeying posted sign no lft turn 7 a.m. -9 p.m. & 4 p.m.-9 p.m. but I mad a left turn w signal @3:52 p.m .seen cop from smll intersection in a business/residence Street I turned onto after he waves me down to go to the side right behind the car he was ticketing ,... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Jul 22, 2020

Take photos of sign condition before it changes. Plead not guilty, go to trial, present paper copies of the photos showing the sign was blocked. You may have a chance.

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Q: Hello, I am seeking help in understanding how my situation can be best handle.

My driver licences has been suspended due to passed due registration and although they were suspended I was able to ask for it to be lifted. They Granted the lift and I now have court coming up, but i yet still have to fix the registration. I have not been able to fix it because my car still has a... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Jul 21, 2020

Go to Court on your court date and take all documents with you that show what you have done since you got an extension to get the registration fixed. It also helps if you have paid the registration and can provide proof of payment. If you are having mechanical problems and you are being diligent... Read more »

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Q: If I register a vehicle 35 days later after buying it, can I get a ticket for no insurance or is ther a time frame in Ca

I got a ticket for no Insurance the same day I registered my car.

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Jul 20, 2020

If you are operating a motor vehicle on the highways (streets) of California, it has to be registered and insured, at the time it is being operated. I suggest you get insurance immediately so that you can show the Court you have insurance, and you got it promptly. The Court may reduce this to a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law and Traffic Tickets for California on
Q: how do i appeal a parking ticket when i was not fit to drive? parked in front of a bar exceeding the time on the sign.

Almost a month ago, a few friends and i went out drinking. we were unaware that the bar was closing earlier than what google said (i presume due to the virus). we all drank and had to leave. None of us were in the condition to drive so we left the car at the bar and went to a hotel. we all thought... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Jul 18, 2020

The facts that you have stated do not constitute a legal defense to the citation, IMO.

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Q: i rec'vd 2 red light camera tickets same day. I'm not sure if I should plead NOLO due to an emergency medical situation.

I was starting to aspirate in my sleep which was extremely dangerous - it only happened sporadically and I sought out medical attention. The condition got worse and they found out that I had another condition that was causing this but they were against operating due to a diagnosis that had no cure.... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Jul 13, 2020

A: The plea of "No Lo Contrendre" is misunderstood. It means I do not contest the charge but I do not plead guilty. Its only value is if the ticket was issued to you as a part of a traffic accident because there is NO guilty plea or JUDGMENT to the charge which can be used against you in... Read more »

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Q: I am currently writing a motion to dismiss due to violation of speedy trial rights. Are there notable cases I can cite?

I am currently fighting a traffic ticket and the court arraigned me after a trial by written declaration on May eighth and the court has set my trial on August 23rd. I tried to look for important California Supreme Court Decisions but could not find any. Anything helps.

Thanks.

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Jul 13, 2020

You should look to the Orange County Superior Court website for the COVID 19 orders that were issued suspending the California "speedy trial act", before you spend a lot of time on this. The presiding judge issued these orders on authority from Orders from the Cal. Supreme Court. They... Read more »

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Q: Q: i rec'vd 2 red lt camera tickets same day. I'm not sure if I should plead NOLO due to a medical issue that happened

I was starting to aspirate in my sleep which was extremely dangerous - it only happened sporadically and I sought out medical attention. The condition got worse and they found out that I had another condition that was causing this but they were against operating due to a diagnosis that had no cure.... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Jul 13, 2020

The plea of "No Lo Contrendre" is misunderstood. It means I do not contest the charge but I do not plead guilty. Its only value is if the ticket was issued to you as a part of a traffic accident because there is not guilty plea to the charge which can be used against you in a Civil... Read more »

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Q: If there is no flow of traffic can a pedestrian cross at a signal controlled intersection on a red

There is no walk or don’t walk signal just a traffic control signal lights

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Jul 11, 2020

Good question. The answer is the pedestrian must obey all lawful traffic control devices, just like a vehicle. A related ? is when the red hand flashes, can you start across, and the answer to that is NO! Once the "don't walk" signal starts flashing the ped is required to wait until... Read more »

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Q: Is there a law in Cali that requires the court to set a date by a certin point

My licence was suspended for speeding and it ticket for speeding and driving on a suspended licence got bolth reduced to infractions and my suspension was almost up but the corona virus hit and now I’m in limbo is it possible to have the case dropped for this

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Jul 9, 2020

It is not clear from your facts what stage of the proceeding in Traffic Court you were at. Did you have an arraignment? Did you plead guilty? Was the suspension at the time of the ticket for speeding? Did the court suspend your license for 30 days or more? Did the suspension come from DMV?... Read more »

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Q: How are night court fees assessed for a traffic infringement that doesn't qualify?

I received a red light infraction for turning right on a camera intersection, and the initial paperwork stated that I did not qualify for night court. The second slip, which had my fine amount, has a Night Court fee. Why am I allowed to be charged for something they know I don't qualify for?

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Jul 4, 2020

Traffic fines have a number of fees added to them based on County ordinances, and the County you are in. This is why a $20 Cell phone ticket costs $167, in OC. Most likely the fee you are mentioning is imposed on all traffic tickets within the county, to defray the cost of holding any night court... Read more »

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Q: I got a ticket on I-10 WB in West Texas somewhere. I was returning home to california and have lost the ticket. How

How can I find out where it was so I can take care of it?

Stephen Arnold Black
Stephen Arnold Black answered on Jul 4, 2020

Contact a criminal defense attorney in El Paso and ask advice on how to find this missing ticket.

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Q: A cop pulled me over for running a stop sign, but there is no stop sign at that intersection. Will the judge drop it?

I revisited the intersection on the ticket because I was 99.99% sure that I did not run any stop sign or even a stop sign, and indeed the intersection was a signal. The cop also wrote me up for no insurance (which I have, but he refused to look at my insurance card), for using my cellphone (even... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Jun 30, 2020

Your first appearance will be for an Arraignment, that is to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty or ask for traffic school. You can ask for a trial and return with your evidence to show that you are not guilty of the violations. I would suggest that you take large photos to show the judge about... Read more »

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Q: I recieved a ticket in 2011 went to court but did not pay. I want to get my license but dont know if I can cause of it.

Since it's from 2011 will it still show if I go to dmv ?

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Jun 27, 2020

The data base on the unpaid traffic tickets and your violation goes back past 2011. You will have to take care of this ticket and now you probably have an additional Civil Assessment for FTP of about $300.00, that will have to be paid as well. Plan on seeing a judge.

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Q: Speeding ticket - trial by written declaration, how long should I wait for a decision?

[California / Los Angeles County] Speeding ticket - trial by written declaration

Early this year got a speeding ticket. Decided to go the "trial by written declaration" way, but first requested a scheduled court date extension - got 2 months.

Few days before the new date... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Jun 26, 2020

Your impression that the traffic court will adjudicate your claim a few days after you submit your side of the story, is erroneous. The people have the opportunity to put their version of the case before the Court, the same as you did and the first notice they got that you were proceeding by... Read more »

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