These types of fines are not state law fines, but local county or municipal code infractions. It depends on where you live. Most such local code ordinances prohibit inoperable and unregistered vehicles from remaining on private property more than 30 days because of concerns over property...Read more »
It’s a 2 point offense. Request a trial date (NOT a waiver hearing). If the officer doesn’t show, you’ll be found not guilty. Otherwise you can ask for a “probation before judgment “ (PBJ) which means no points and no conviction; or the judge can simply reduce the speed to a 1 point...Read more »
The driver hit my parked car and ran off but was caught by our neighbor when he chased him and convinced him to go back to the scene which he did. The police arrived and found out that the driver apparently has a suspended license. Insurance company said that that most likely will happened is for... Read more »
depending on the age of your vehicle and the extent of the property damage, you may have a civil claim against the opposing individual for diminution of your vehicles value. however, you have not provided sufficient information to comment on whether it is worthwhile to pursue such a claim.
Public defenders are typically unavailable to represent individuals in "payable"traffic court. There are some exceptions where the offense is one calling for incarceration. Your post is not provide sufficient detail to enable a more specific response.
2 points. Request a trial, not a waiver hearing. A judge can grant a probation before judgment which means no conviction and no points, or drop it to a one point ticket. If the officer doesn’t show, not guilty.
I am from PA. I got a ticket for 80 in a 55 in MD. I requested a court date to plead my special circumstances( My fiancee is type 1 diabetic and was having a sugar low and getting really sick. We were trying to get somewhere for help). I got a court date. After several continuances by me for health... Read more »
The District Court schedules all trial dates based on officer and court availability. Courts were closed by emergency order of the Court of Appeals for several months during the COVID-19 pandemic, and all trials canceled and rescheduled to dates after the court is reopened. Phase 1 of the...Read more »
The officer stated i was traveling at 88mph but he wasn't doing radar but just driving down the highway same as me the reason for me speeding up was due to being tailgated i requested a trial but my question is should i obtain an attorney or represent myself?
This is a 5 point offense, so you are at a level where hiring a lawyer can be worth your while. It only takes 8 points within a 2 year period to get suspended, so you cannot afford a 5 point conviction. Your insurance rates will go through the roof, assuming you are not dropped with a history of...Read more »
I guess they figured it was obvious that if you can't make a left turn, you can't make any left turn, including a left u-turn. A left u-turn involves turning left, which is the action deemed unsafe or undesirable at that location. Note that "no left turn" does not specify only...Read more »
Even though it isn't technically a siren, whistle or bell, some people may still mistake my vehicle for an emergency vehicle. Could I potentially be charged for impersonating a government official (i.e. police) if I used the same electric horns they use?
No, it only prohibits the sound of a siren, whistle or bell, the purpose of which is to prohibit people from mimicking or being mistaken for a fire rescue, ambulance, police or similar emergency vehicle. Vehicle alarms may emit a siren, whistle or bell sound, so long as the driver or occupant is...Read more »
do not pay the ticket and request a trial date. If the officer does not appear, you may obtain an acquittal. Even if you are found technically guilty, the circumstances and a prior good driving record could result in you avoiding points for a conviction.
You never know. The Sheriff's Office typically has deputies present in the courthouse, and of course there are often police officers there for court. While you might walk in, drop off the motion, and not identify yourself as the defendant (the person filing a motion is not necessarily the...Read more »
I was given a citation for reckless driving in a Walmart parking lot in Maryland. The officer claims i was “zipping around” in the parking lot near a forklift driver. The driver wasn’t near the roadway at all. This officer has stopped me before and doesn’t particularly like me. How do i fight this?
Request a trial (not a waiver hearing). It really comes down to how the officer describes your driving and whether it meets the threshold to convince the judge. Ideally you can identify the forklift driver an subpoena him as a witness to testify that he did not believe how you were driving placed...Read more »
Camera tickets appear on your driving record once you pay them, or after you fail to pay them on time. They do not result in points, may not be used as a basis to suspend your license, and may not be used or considered in connection with an insurance company either setting your premium or granting...Read more »
It would be wise. Driving without a license is a jailable offense, which although may not be a likely sentence, depends on other factors like his past history. Also, a conviction will seriously set back the time frame for his obtaining a license, and will result in 5 points. So, yes, a lawyer in...Read more »
The Maryland government website says there’s a flat fee of $40 for anyone caught by a speed camera driving 12mph or more over the limit. My sister (a VA driver, if that matters) believes she may have been going 25mph over. Completely on accident — was distracted and didn’t realize she’d... Read more »
No. Speed cameras can only issue citations for speed, and in any event, speed alone (unlike in VA and DC and some other states) cannot be he sole basis for charging reckless driving in Maryland. FYI, payment of the fine does not result in points and cannot be considered by an insurance company in...Read more »
A yellow (amber) light is a favorable light, same as green. Once a vehicle enters an intersection on a yellow light, it has the right of way to complete its passage and all other traffic must yield the right of way.
Court dates are set by the District Court and mailed to your address on your license. The officer does not schedule the date. Trial will be scheduled for a District Court location in the county (or City of Baltimore) where the offense occurred. This offense carries up to one year in jail, a $1,000...Read more »
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