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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Maryland on
Q: Can another state site me for an vehicle equipment violation that is not a violation in the state I live in?

Example - driving a car from Florida, where it has legal but dark tint, through a state like PA, where no addition tint is aloud.

Would it make a difference if your driving on an interstate highway? vs. local roads?

PA laws are typically written. No vehicle shall operate... or no... View More

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Feb 7, 2024

Unless Pennsylvania has adopted a policy not to issue citations to out-of-state registered vehicles with legal equipment that would be illegal in PA, then you may have to fight it all the way to the US Supeme Court, and test the application of the law to you under the Equal Protection Clause, the... View More

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Q: I parked my car in a legal area, I woke up in the morning to a citation left at 4:00 AM on my windshield for $100

Violation as listed: “Not displaying attached front and/ or rear tag”. Although the officer listed in the notes: “Front plate not attached on public roadway. photo taken”. I keep my front tag in my windshield but last night When it was cleaning before entering the house, i placed it in my... View More

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Nov 29, 2023

Maryland law requires that you affix tags to the front and back of your vehicle. You can request a timely request for a trial and request that the officer that issued the ticket be present. If they fail to appear, you should win. If you are convicted, the judge may cut you a break.

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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Maryland on
Q: I parked my car in a legal area, I woke up in the morning to a citation left at 4:00 AM on my windshield for $100

Violation as listed: “Not displaying attached front and/ or rear tag”. Although the officer listed in the notes: “Front plate not attached on public roadway. photo taken”. I keep my front tag in my windshield but last night When it was cleaning before entering the house, i placed it in my... View More

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Nov 29, 2023

I agree with Mr. Scherr. Either pay the ticket as written, or request a trial (not a waiver hearing; that's the same as pleading guilty, athough you can still request a reduction of the fine). Paying the fine results in a conviction of the offense, which will appear on your driving record.... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets and Constitutional Law for Maryland on
Q: How close can I approach an officer engaged in a traffic stop with another person?

Of course only legally speaking. If I was just an observer of a traffic stop in progress involving someone else, how close can I get the the car stopped or the officer doing the stop? Can I position myself behind the officer? Can I interact with the driver or passengers, specifically to give... View More

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Nov 12, 2023

You cannot position yourself right behind the officer or the officer may feel you pose a danger. You cannot interfere with the stop or arrest. You can film it since you are in a public place. You should not be interacting with the driver or passengers. You must obey a lawful command of the police... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Maryland on
Q: If the school bus in front of me was moving and the bus across the street had flashing lights was I at fault?

I'm in the far right lane preparing to turn right and a school bus was going straight in the second lane. When the bus proceeded through the intersection I made a right turn from the far right lane. Am I at fault when the school bus on the opposite side of the road had flashing red lights? And... View More

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Oct 22, 2023

You must stop for a school bus even if it is going in the opposite direction unless there is a concrete median. It makes no difference that the bus in front of you did not stop. If a police officer gave you the ticket, request a trial within 30 days and go to court. It carries a large fine and... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Maryland on
Q: Hi. I violated my probation for driving on suspended, although I haven't been to court on the driving one yet..but I was

Incarcerated when MVA suspended my license, and they suspended it for failure to take driving improvement program, which was during COVID. Can I get out of this one? I mean clearly I got released from prison and started driving, but I honestly didn't know it was suspended

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Oct 15, 2023

Do the driver improvement program now and get your license reinstated. You should retain counsel to represent you since the offense carries possible jail time and the VOP also could lead to jail time. If you get your license reinstated, there is a good chance an attorney can keep you out of jail.

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Maryland on
Q: Hi. I violated my probation for driving on suspended, although I haven't been to court on the driving one yet..but I was

Incarcerated when MVA suspended my license, and they suspended it for failure to take driving improvement program, which was during COVID. Can I get out of this one? I mean clearly I got released from prison and started driving, but I honestly didn't know it was suspended

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Oct 16, 2023

You can take the DIP online, and download the certifiate of completion. Hire a lawyer and provide the lawyer with the certificate, plus download your complete driving record from the MVA website and give that to your lawyer as well. There is an excellent chance this can get resolved without... View More

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Q: Hello there I was pulling over by an officer for not having my license plate attached to the front of my vehicle

They towed my car, gave me a citation, but on the citation, it states that failure to attach vehicle registration plates at front and rear which is a lie because my back plate was attached. What should I do?

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Sep 29, 2023

This was a proper charge. The law states that your license plate must be attached to the front and back (both). Since it was not attached to the front of the vehicle, it violated the statute.

You have the option of going to court by requesting a trial. The police officer may not show up or...
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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Maryland on
Q: after being found not guilty for speeding. can a judge say "slow down" after, as if I'm guilty of speeding.

the officer was no show. I was asked to enter a plead. of course I said not guilty. immediately after being found not guilty, the judge made a comment on the record and advised me to slow down. I thought judges are supposed to be unbiased, partial, etc..I am serious thinking to file a complaint... View More

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Aug 30, 2023

So, you’re saying you were truly innocent, the officer’s laser/radar/Lidar device or speedometer on his cruiser was not working properly, and had he showed up you would have won? In that case, you can be upset. But if you were clocked on laser equipment the device number for the equipment used... View More

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Q: I renewed my registration but forgot to put the sticker on my license plate, and got a ticket. Can I get it removed?

My license plate expired 7/31. I renewed well before and had the updated registration card with the new sticker in the glove box, but forgot to put it on the license plate. On 8/23, I parked in free street parking and came back to my car having a ticket for “expired tags”. Is there any grace... View More

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Aug 30, 2023

Forgetting to put the sticker on your plate is not a defense to the charge, which is displaying expired tags. Emphasis on “displaying”. The ticket carries no points and is not a moving violation, so it will have zero impact on your insurance rates. In other words, paying the fine has no... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Maryland on
Q: I renewed my registration but forgot to put the sticker on my license plate, and got a ticket. Can I get it removed?

My license plate expired 7/31. I renewed well before and had the updated registration card with the new sticker in the glove box, but forgot to put it on the license plate. On 8/23, I parked in free street parking and came back to my car having a ticket for “expired tags”. Is there any grace... View More

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Aug 24, 2023

You can request a trial within the required time limit and go to court. You should also demand the presence of the parking attendant. If they fail to appear, the ticket should be dismissed. If they appear, show the judge proof that you renewed your tags before they expired and the judge may give... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Maryland on
Q: do Title21,Subtitle8 are IN effect doing non school days, i received a speeding citation going 12miles over the speed

the speed is 25 m i was traveling 37m at about 6:00 pm schools are out for the summer

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Aug 8, 2023

I assume that this is a camera citation. If so, it is a $40.00 fine and no points are assessed so it may not be worth fighting it.

Under Maryland law, camera tickets can be issued Monday through Friday between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m....
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3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Criminal Law for Maryland on
Q: My 20 year old daughter tried to get in a club in MD with a fake ID that had her real name & picture, with a different

Birthdate. We live in Pa. She’s a top student & has never been in trouble.Can she plead guilty & ask for the diversion program? What is the best avenue to try to get a misdemeanor off her record? Thank you.

Lee Eidelberg
Lee Eidelberg
answered on Jun 27, 2023

I wholeheartedly agree with my colleagues' previous responses. Having handled countless cases involving young adults using internet generated fake I.D.'s, it is not uncommon, provided a Defendant has no prior convictions or similar offenses in their history, to avoid formal prosecution.... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Land Use & Zoning, Real Estate Law, Traffic Tickets and Municipal Law for Maryland on
Q: I live in a private neighborhood and an individual who is not a resident stores his vehicles infront of my property 24/7

Minimum of 1 car but up to 3. They are left there from 1 week up to 4 months. The roads are owned by the county not the HOA. So far all I can do is have them tagged as abandoned at which time the owner is notified and moves the car for 1 day and then returns it. I have to believe this is illegal... View More

Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg
answered on May 29, 2023

You might need to hit the books better or retain someone who can. I recall reading something that limited parking on public roads to a time limit unless the road was adjacent to your home, but it might have been Montgomery County Code. The County and incorporated city codes are often unindexed and... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Land Use & Zoning, Real Estate Law, Traffic Tickets and Municipal Law for Maryland on
Q: I live in a private neighborhood and an individual who is not a resident stores his vehicles infront of my property 24/7

Minimum of 1 car but up to 3. They are left there from 1 week up to 4 months. The roads are owned by the county not the HOA. So far all I can do is have them tagged as abandoned at which time the owner is notified and moves the car for 1 day and then returns it. I have to believe this is illegal... View More

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on May 29, 2023

Unfortunately, I didn’t see anything in the Harford County Code that would help you. It’s a public street. You do not own the right to restrict use of the roadway in front of your home. As mentioned, you might organize an HOA or civic association for your neighborhood and lobby to have... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Maryland on
Q: Can a police officer take a photo of my feet with his cell phone, while I'm being detained awaiting processing?
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on May 7, 2023

Seems a bit odd. Is there an evidence based reason for doing so? Did a witness or security camera footage identify the offender in part by their footwear or feet? Was this a DUI where you failed to perform field sobriety tests and there’s a potential issue that the type of footwear interfered... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Maryland on
Q: Could I call a tow truck on a car that is blocking the sidewalk for weeks now? Should I leave a notice to move the car?
Lee Eidelberg
Lee Eidelberg
answered on May 5, 2023

If the car leaves and returns to the location and continues to block the sidewalk on each occasion, a note on the windshield might suffice. If the car has remained in place for some time, the better approach might be to call the police and report that the car is seemingly abandoned and/or, if... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Maryland on
Q: Statute Code:TA.21.1124.1.B does that brings points to DL in MD?

Charge No: 1Statute Code:TA.21.1124.1.B

Charge Description: DRIVER WRITING,SENDING,READING A TEXT,ELECTRONIC MSG. WHILE OPER. VEH. IN TRAVEL PORTION OF HWY

Speed Limit: 0 Recorded Speed: 0 Location Stopped: E/B I-70 P/T MM 74

Probable Cause Indicator: No Contributed to... View More

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Apr 26, 2023

This is a 1 point ticket unless there was an accident in which case it is a 3 point ticket. Your post indicates it was not an accident so it should be 1 point. Do not pay it. Request a trial (not a waiver hearing) and go to court. If the police officer does not appear, you will be acquitted. If the... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Maryland on
Q: Does PG County Police need to have authorization on file to enforce moving violation while posted on private property?
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Mar 10, 2023

Once upon a time, the traffic code only applied on public highways and streets maintained by the state or local governments. I won a lot of traffic cases for clients defending under this restriction, including a lot of probable cause stops for DUI based on not moving violations within apartment... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Maryland on
Q: Is ta 21-1001(b) moving violation in Maryland?

I left my car running and entered to buy a coffee. When I returned an officer cited me for leaving my car running. I just want to know if I could just pay the fine$60, if it is not a moving violation. Thanks

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Feb 13, 2023

It is not a moving violation and does not carry points. The statute states that "(b) Except as otherwise provided in this section, on any highway outside of a business district or a residential district, a person may not leave any vehicle standing, without providing an unobstructed width of... View More

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