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Q: What's the violation cost in Maryland for parking a vehicle without a registered tag in the driveway of private property
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Jul 31, 2020

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 »

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Q: I have 1 point for using cell phone Today I got a speeding ticket. 80 mph 65 moh zone. Need advise
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Jul 30, 2020

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 »

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Q: Can I sue a driver hitting my parked car and run off but was caught and went back to the scene?

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 »

Lee Eidelberg
Lee Eidelberg answered on Jul 5, 2020

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.

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Q: If I request a trial should I get a public defender?
Lee Eidelberg
Lee Eidelberg answered on Jun 18, 2020

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.

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Q: I got a ticket for going 62 in a 40 for $160. Are there any points?
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Jun 18, 2020

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.

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Q: Can a cancelled court date by the state for a speeding ticket be reinstated a month later by the state?

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 »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Jun 12, 2020

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 »

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Q: Received a citation ta21-801.1 doing 88 in a 55mph zone because of being tailgated.

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?

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on May 20, 2020

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 »

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Q: Maryland Montgomery county does a no left turn Sign also mean no I turn? If so why no post a no left plus no uturn sign
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on May 5, 2020

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 »

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Q: 2013 Maryland Code § 22-401 what if the electric horn I use is the same as one an emergency vehicle would use?

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?

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Apr 15, 2020

Yes.

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Q: 2013 Maryland Code § 22-401 - Horns and warning devices Does this section outlaw electric horns on regular cars?
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Apr 15, 2020

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 »

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Q: Can I be sued for emailing a company factual statements about about their future employee?

I emailed the company about this person’s character

Eric Todd Kirk
Eric Todd Kirk answered on Mar 30, 2020

The essence of defamation is spreading untrue things about individuals that harm them. Truth is always a defense in any defamation action.

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Q: I got three tickets at once, one was TA.21.901.2 {aggressive driving} also TA.21.800.1{Speeding} and TA.21.309.B

the last one was for changing lane unsafe. Does the speeding and change of lane meet the critera for aggressive driving? Should it be three violations?

Lee Eidelberg
Lee Eidelberg answered on Mar 30, 2020

Yes, aggressive driving requires three (3) underlying violations. Speed and lane change are only two of the requisite 3 violations necessary for an aggressive driving charge.

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Q: I got a ticket TA-21-801.1 for$290 i was 72mph in35mph speed limit what can i do

My work store was robbed i scared and going to store

Lee Eidelberg
Lee Eidelberg answered on Mar 21, 2020

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.

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Q: I have warrant out for my arrest for traffic citations will they arrest me if I walk in the courthouse

I have to file for a motion of recall

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Feb 18, 2020

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 »

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Q: How to beat reckless driving ticket in MD?

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?

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Jan 27, 2020

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 »

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Q: Do camera issued traffic citations go on your driving record or get reported to your auto insurance?
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Jan 21, 2020

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 »

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Q: My 18 year old was driving without a license, at that time he did not even have his permit.

He has to go to court this week...does he need a lawyer?

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Jan 13, 2020

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 »

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Q: Can speed cameras be used to charge someone with reckless driving in Maryland?

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 »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Dec 20, 2019

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 »

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Q: In Maryland: If a traffic light turns from yellow to red after entering an intersection, is that a violation?
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Nov 17, 2019

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.

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Q: Got ticket for, TA-16-303(f) in Maryland. My ticket says MUST APPEAR but the officer didn't put a date for court?

If I need to appear in court, why didn't the officer put a court date?

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Nov 17, 2019

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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