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Q: Can i go inside the bank with my ID if i have a bench warrant
Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Sep 7, 2022

It is unlikely you would be picked up on a bench warrant by going into a bank, but you never know. There are no guarantees.

Your best bet is to consult with an attorney to see if the warrant can be recalled. In some cases, an attorney can file a motion to quash a warrant.

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Q: If the police officer does not show or the state does not provide a witness since the police officer did not witness

Did not witness the accident or me traveling in the vehicle at all. Can I ask the judge to dismiss

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Sep 1, 2022

If there are no witnesses to the accident, plead not guilty and the judge should find you not guilty. Even if the police officer appears, that is not enough if the officer did not see the accident and there is no other evidence.

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Q: Good morning! "Title 21, Subtitle 7 Transportation Article Maryland State Law, Transportation Article 21-706

A park school bus turned on its stop sign while I was in the middle of the bus and the camera caught me driving past. I did not have enough notification to know to stop

Lee Eidelberg
Lee Eidelberg
answered on Aug 24, 2022

You have not posted a question. However, if the camera was able to record the front of your vehicle and its license plate, that evidence might refute your contention that you had already passed the front of the bus before its signs/signals were activated. Payment of the fine is tantamount to... Read more »

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Q: What does serious case NP mean relating to a traffic court case?

I have traffic citations and must appears for 80mph in 40 zone, expired license, expired registration plate. The citations were given on 11/23/2020 during the civil lock down. The case is almost two years old and there wasn’t any activity sence I missed the court date on 9/29/2021. Then on... Read more »

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Aug 8, 2022

The serious charge was dropped (called a nolle prossequi). The remaining traffic offenses are now scheduled for the middle of October. You may wish to discuss this with a lawyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Maryland on
Q: What does serious case NP mean relating to a traffic court case?

I have traffic citations and must appears for 80mph in 40 zone, expired license, expired registration plate. The citations were issued on 11/23/2020 during the covid lock downs. The case is almost two years old and there wasn’t any activity sence I missed the court date on 9/29/2021. Then on... Read more »

Lee Eidelberg
Lee Eidelberg
answered on Aug 7, 2022

It means that any citation issue against you that called for a jail sentence was dismissed by the state and all remaining tickets can either be paid/satisfied before going to court or appearing before a judge and seeking a more favorable outcome.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, DUI / DWI and Traffic Tickets for Maryland on
Q: What can be done to remove IID and fight back against the injustice of the police system? We live in MD.

We live in MD and my family was stopped for a routine traffic stop back in January. It was my husband, 14-yr old son, and I in the car with my hubbie driving. We were not far from home just coming from a quick dinner. As we were traveling downhill, we were followed then pulled over for speeding... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Jun 25, 2022

It’s impossible to advise you based solely on these facts. Your husband needs a lawyer, and the best thing he can do is hire a good criminal defense lawyer. The lawyer will obtain all the discovery from the prosecutor and can better analyze the situation.

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1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law and Traffic Tickets for Maryland on
Q: So can I cross unmarked crosswalks and is it illegal to cross the road where there is no crosswalk line?
Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Jun 8, 2022

In Maryland, you can cross where there is an unmarked crosswalk. An unmarked crosswalk is an area where roads intersect, but there are no crosswalk markings. If there is a marked crosswalk at an intersection, you must use the marked crosswalk.

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Q: In Maryland does TA-21-707(a) traffic violation driver failure to stop at stop sign cause MVA points

Was a ‘rolling stop’ according to officer

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Jun 1, 2022

Yes, it is 1 point unless there was an accident in which case it is 3 points. Do not pay it. Request a trial and not a waiver hearing and go to court. If the police officer does not appear, you will be acquitted. If the police officer appears and you are convicted, the judge can still offer... Read more »

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Q: A cop says I ran a red light without stopping but I can prove I stopped, will this be enough to beat it?
Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on May 15, 2022

You should request a trial and not a waiver hearing within 30 days and go to court. If the police officer does not appear, you will be acquitted. If the police officer appears, you can have a trial. The judge will decide if you ran the red light. Even if you are convicted, the judge can offer you... Read more »

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Q: So I got a ticket and everything from the make and model my car to the address and spelling of my name was wrong.

Shouldn't I be able to get this thrown out being that the law is justified by being literal... that's a huge loop hole..was the cop drunk? How is that possible?

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on May 8, 2022

These things are unlikely to result in a dismissal of the tickets unless you are claiming that it was not you. You should still request a trial within 30 days of the offense and go to court.

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Q: If you get caught driving with a permit in Maryland, and get fined, will you be referred to DIP?

The letter reads: "The Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA) Administrative Adjudication Division is assigning you to the driver improvement program. You have either been cited for a moving violation while holding a provisional license, accumulated 5 or... Read more »

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on May 3, 2022

If you have a provisional license and are convicted of a moving violation, you must do driver improvement or the MVA will suspend your license. In addition, if you get 5 or more points in a two year period (based upon the dates of the citations), you must do driver improvement or the MVA will... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law and Traffic Tickets for Maryland on
Q: If you are a Green Card Applicant, how long can you drive using your drivers license from a foreign country?

This is in the state of Maryland. What else does a person need to do in order to get a permit or a temporary license till his/her green card application goes through?

Agnes Jury
Agnes Jury
answered on Apr 28, 2022

https://mva.maryland.gov/drivers/Pages/md-drivers-license.aspx

Best wishes!

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Maryland on
Q: The officer did not have me sign the ticket, is it still valid?

The ticket says “issued electronically- signature not required” but it was issued in person.

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Apr 20, 2022

Maryland citations are now printed through a computer and your signature is not required. The ticket is valid.

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Q: Vehicle does not have a front tag mount. Am I required to install one to hold front license plate? (Maryland)
Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Apr 20, 2022

Yes, you will need to mount a front tag. Maryland requires both front and back tags. You can find someone to install the mount.

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Q: If there is a turn lane between the lanes of a dual highway, is oncoming traffic required to stop for a school bus?
Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Apr 12, 2022

Yes, you must stop for a school bus even if there is a turn lane. You do not have to stop if there is a median or concrete barrier.

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Q: If there are five lanes with the middle being a turn lane the is this a divided highway

School bus is stopped in far right and I am in the far left, do I have to stop?

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Mar 26, 2022

Yes, you have to stop. A divided highway is a road with an intervening space, barrier, or a clearly indicated dividing section constructed to impede vehicular traffic. A middle turn lane is not an intervening space.

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Q: I had a ticket back in 2017 which I had a lawyer for.. I have not been driving due my health and it open with bench
Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Mar 23, 2022

If there is a bench warrant, you should retain an attorney to represent you. An attorney can file a motion to recall the warrant. If the motion is granted, the warrant will be quashed and the case set for trial. The attorney can then defend you on the charges. You should reach out to the attorney... Read more »

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Q: I got a ticket my very first time speeding instead of a citation. Should I try to fight it?

I’m a criminal justice graduate student and I do not want a speeding ticket to ruin my career.

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Mar 22, 2022

“Ticket” and “citation” are the same thing: interchangeable terms. They are the charging document for the traffic violation. Speeding is a minor non-jailable moving violation. It does not come up on a criminal background check. Your future career is safe. If you want to keep it off your... Read more »

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Q: if the bus driver did not flash red lights before putting out stop, is it best to pay for my ticket or request a plea?
Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Mar 6, 2022

If you were stopped by a police officer, then there are points and a high fine. You should request a trial and not a waiver hearing within 30 days. If the police officer fails to appear, you will be acquitted. If the police officer appears and you are convicted, the judge can offer probation... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Child Support and Election Law for Maryland on
Q: i received a ticket for driving passed a stopped school bus allegedly. I tried to request a court date but i was told

I was told that i waiting to look and can no longer receive a court date. But it say no where on the ticket the due date of requesting a court date.

Can i still get a court date to fight this ?

Is it true that a date should be on the ticket of how long i have to request a court date ?

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Mar 4, 2022

The Maryland Uniform Citation form has an inset box on the lower right portion of the ticket that contains instructions on how to pay, plead to the ticket, and how to request a tial date, and it states the timeframe (30 days) you have to do it in. It is in small print, so perhapse yu overlooked... Read more »

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