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Q: For OCGA 40-6-189 does this apply only to Georgia or nation wide suspension of driving privileges
Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Oct 19, 2020

If your driver's license is suspended in Georgia (I assume OCGA 40-6-189 is a reference to a Georgia statute), you basically aren't allowed to drive in any state.

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Q: I was passenger in a car that was pulled over for speeding driver did not receive any citations or tickets but we were

Searched and I received a ticket for possession of paraphernalia would this be illegal search and seizure since a driver received no tickets for the initial stop because without that stop I would have never been searched

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Oct 11, 2020

No, it was not an illegal search. The prosecution isn't required to prosecute the speeding violation.

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Criminal Law and Collections for Florida on
Q: License suspension due to non-payment of court cost?

I have outstanding court costs that have gone to collections from 2010 to 2017 I was wondering if there was any way that I can get my license back without having to pay the full amount do to me living on social security income

Henry George Ferro
Henry George Ferro answered on Sep 8, 2020

You may be able to work something out with the clerk's office to get a clearance on your license. That may all depend on the number of cases that are pending and the locations of the tickets issued. Or, you may wish to contact a lawyer.

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Civil Rights for Florida on
Q: Primary and secondary offences

Does anyone know whats considered a secondary traffic offence in FL. I think texting while driving is. Are there any others. I keep finding conflicting information.

Thanks

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Sep 6, 2020

In Florida, violations of mandatory seat belt laws are subject to "primary enforcement". To my knowledge, there is no "secondary enforcement" in Florida for any violation of the traffic laws. See... Read more »

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Q: How to obtain an FTA release from georgia while living in Florida?

I recieved a ticket in Georgia but failed to appear at court because I became homeless and had to move to Florida. My license was suspended due to this fact. I just paid the ticket fee and the failure to appear fee yesterday but it said to get license reinstated that I needed to obtain a FTA... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Aug 21, 2020

I would be surprised if you can't call the Clerk of Court in Georgia and have them send the release; you shouldn't have to physically go there.

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Q: Is driving without a valid drivers license in Florida considered a Misdemeanor?

My wife a long time ago was living in Miami Florida and she did not know at the time about getting a drivers license there. So she had her German license when she was pulled over. So what is driving without a valid license considered? Is it considered a Misdemeanor?

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Aug 19, 2020

Florida Statute 322.04 provides that: 

"Persons exempt from obtaining driver license.—

(1) The following persons are exempt from obtaining a driver license:



(c) A nonresident who is at least 16 years of age and who has in his or her immediate...
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Q: I just found out today that my license is suspended in North Carolina for a citation from 36 yrs ago. Wtf? What canido

The citation was issued in 1984, How do I get this thing handled?

Also the ticket was issued to someone with a very close but, different last name than mine. Does this matter to anyone but me?

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Aug 11, 2020

You should have received notice that the license was being suspended. Talk to an attorney in North Carolina about looking into it.

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law, Traffic Tickets, Workers' Compensation and Admiralty / Maritime for Florida on
Q: AA222141 what's this #means

Moorish is the only citizen, not Americans

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Aug 10, 2020

This is posted under Admiralty/Maritime, but I am not able to cross-reference any federal maritime statutes under those letters and digits. If it is a case citation, one possibility is Moorish National Republic Federal Government #AA222141 et al v. US Department of State et al, US District Court... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Florida on
Q: If you have a failure to yield ticket with injuries you have out of state license which state do you pay penalties for?
Jonathan Blecher
Jonathan Blecher answered on Aug 7, 2020

The state where the incident occurred, however there may be repercussions in your home state.

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Q: I have 7 traffic tickets and just got another one for speeding. This is the only one in the past year. What should I do?

Last year I only had one as well.I was not driving recklessly I just didn't notice I was speeding because the road was empty.

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Aug 7, 2020

Remove the lead from your foot and consider using cruise control.

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Q: Can a GA county cop pull someone over in FL if the cop says they did not move over in GA?
Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jul 22, 2020

Probably. But you should really ask your question in Justia > Ask a Lawyer > Georgia.

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Q: In the state of Florida, can I drive a new car from a private sale home without plates?

I purchased a new car on a Sunday (when the DMV is not open). I drove it home and got pulled over for not having the car registered in my name. I showed the officers the title with my name and signature and they still ticketed me. I had called The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jul 13, 2020

I suspect that technically the officer who ticketed you was correct. But if you can prove what the department told you, it may be possible to get the ticket dismissed. Can you get something in writing from whoever you talked to?

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Q: Do I need to hire an attorney in FL if the deputy that gave my daughter a speeding ticket, wrote my name on the ticket?

I cosigned for my daughter's car, so both of our names are on the title and registration. She was stopped for speeding, got a ticket, didn't have her driver's license with her, tried to give the deputy her driver's license number, but he didn't take the info. He just wrote... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jul 12, 2020

You and your daughter need to attend the hearing, you as the defendant and your daughter as your witness. In most places, the officer who issued the ticket will attend and a subpoena is not necessary. If the deputy fails to attend you or your attorney should ask that the case be dismissed. Be... Read more »

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Q: bought a car during pandemic in PR.Got ticket for registration driving to dmv which was closed. No court date. ??
Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jun 26, 2020

Whatever your question is, you need to ask it in the Puerto Rican section of Justia.

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Q: Recently got a speeding ticket going 55 in a 35 that was supposedly a costruction area in florida. passed 4 signs that

said 45 and were not covered as I believe they were supposed to be. Should I just pay the ticket or go to court?

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jun 17, 2020

So you ignoring the signs that said the speed limit was 45 mph, you were traveling at 55 mph. Go to court and see if they will agree to a ticket for 55 in a 45.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Florida on
Q: I was in a collision I believe I'm not at fault for but I told the officer I wasn't sure if the light was green or not.

I was turning left driving behind a friend and mid turn I was hit by an oncoming car. They claimed they had a yellow light and in the confusion I stated I wasn't sure if the light was a green arrow, or green. I was issued a failure to yield but I believe I had the right of way and my friend... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jun 13, 2020

A Florida attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for three weeks. You could contact a traffic ticket defense attorney; many offer free initial consults. The case appears to present challenges, in terms of making a left turn, the reliability of your friend's testimony (as it... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Florida on
Q: Should I contest speeding if officer pulled me over while standing in the middle of the road (didn’t check radar first)?

I was issued a speeding ticket in my neighborhood yesterday. The officer was standing in the middle of the road and looked at my vehicle as I was approaching. I slowed down because there was a person in the road, he quickly starts pointing to the side telling me to pull over and tells me I was... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jun 10, 2020

Of course you have a good argument, in my opinion. But asking about radar calibration would be irrelevant.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Florida on
Q: If I had identity theft and received a ticket due to this and now a warrant what would be my next step to getting lawyer
Jonathan Blecher
Jonathan Blecher answered on May 26, 2020

I think you just did, though it's unfortunate that someone did this to you and now YOU have to pay for it. Do you have any idea who stole your identity? I assume you reported it to the police. The case would have to be set for a Motion to Quash Warrant on a video remote calendar.

The...
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Q: I have a warrant for arrest due to failure to appear would it be better to get legal representation or turn myself in.

Failure to appear is for tickets I did not know I had and I live in a different county and have no knowledge of the citations at all.

Jonathan Blecher
Jonathan Blecher answered on May 26, 2020

It's always best to have an attorney assist you. Depending on the case, you may be able to get the warrant quashed without surrendering. Your lawyer can assist you with digging up the out-of-county citations and help take care of them for you.

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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation and Traffic Tickets for Florida on
Q: Officer asked for registration and said " hold on i will be right back" and didn't ask again for it, then gave us ticket

Officer was asking for registration and driver took considerable amount of time, the officer said he'd be back, then came back, didn't ask for it again but the driver had found it and when the officer came back he said they had found the info on the computer. Later on, he went back to his... Read more »

Jean Richardson
Jean Richardson answered on May 20, 2020

If your vehicle was registered at the time, ask for a court date. If the officer doesn't show, the ticket will be dismissed. If he shows, you can argue that you had the registration available and explain what you stated above to the magistrate. Bring the vehicle registration with you to the hearing.

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