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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for South Carolina on
Q: Should this still be on my record as a misdemeanor?

I went to apply for an apartment recently and was denied due to a misdemeanor on my background check. This came as a shock to me. They informed me that it was "carless operation," and then I remembered. In the beginning of 2018 I accidentally ran a red light in a town that I had never... Read more »

Stephen Grooms
Stephen Grooms answered on Oct 18, 2021

When you pay a fine that is essentially pleading no contest, which has the same result as a guilty plea for purposes of your driving and criminal record. So unfortunately the answer is yes, this traffic citation should have been on your driving record.

The expungement process generally...
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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for South Carolina on
Q: I had Court at 9 and overslept for traffic court how long do i have To pay my fine before a bench warrant is issued
Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Sep 22, 2021

Usually until 10:30. You should go to court as soon as possible to make an appearance on the ticket and ask for the warrant to be recalled.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for South Carolina on
Q: What is the fine for 1st offense Section 56-3-1360 traffic violation

Only 2nd traffic violation, 1st being a speeding ticket

Ryan D Templeton
Ryan D Templeton answered on Sep 13, 2021

That statute does not provide for a penalty so you have to go to:

SECTION 56-3-2520. Penalties.

It is a misdemeanor for any person to violate any of the provisions of this chapter unless such violation is by this chapter or other law of this State declared to be a felony. Unless...
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Q: Can the law legally hold my truck and impound when it wasn't part of my charges or fines for being arrested

What I was trying to say and not so many words is I got charged with the drugs but there's no charge or fines or tickets if anything to do with the truck how can they hold it

Peter David Brown
Peter David Brown answered on Sep 2, 2021

IF the arresting agency alleges that the vehicle was used in the futherance of the "criminal enterprise" they can seize it.

(for example: you were stopped with the drugs in the vehicle)

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for South Carolina on
Q: How come none of the attorneys answer any questions? This is ridiculous!
Jonathan Edmond Bennett Lewis
Jonathan Edmond Bennett Lewis answered on May 11, 2021

Well, South Carolina lawyers are unlikely to answer the questions of a Sanford, Florida questioner because we are not bar licensed in Florida.

We wish you well with your Florida legal matter.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for South Carolina on
Q: The log in to pay ticket fine on website listed on ticket, no information of my son nor the ticket number is showing up

Officer lowered ticket to 10 mph or less. Ticket states court date time and address however Area of ticket for officer to mark “appear in court? Y or N?” Officer left blank. And we cannot find any information on the back of the ticket as to whether or not this is a mandatory court date.... Read more »

Ryan D Templeton
Ryan D Templeton answered on Apr 6, 2021

If he is only charged with speeding he can just pay the ticket and not show up for court. At that time the "bond" (what he paid) with be forfeited and the case will be over. That being said, depending on what state he has his license in the points for the ticket can transfer back and show... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for South Carolina on
Q: I received a speeding ticket I was told by the officer I was not required to go to court but I was summoned to go

Do I have to appear if I pay it online

Ryan D Templeton
Ryan D Templeton answered on Mar 19, 2021

If you pay the ticket before the court date you are not required to appear. That being said, they will accept the payment of the ticket (bond) and adjudicate you guilty and send that to the DMV to assess points on your license. It might be worth speaking with an attorney in that area that would be... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for South Carolina on
Q: I received a ticket for 20 over, speed isn't posted. Court continued due to COVID until TBD.

I haven't had a ticket in 15 years. I was heading to work. Passed a car moving slowly ( I thought 15 under apparently they were 10 under). When I passed the individual I must not have decreased speed. Not justifying my actions as correct, but I was distracted due to a work situation. The... Read more »

Ryan D Templeton
Ryan D Templeton answered on Jan 26, 2021

Depending on what agency wrote the ticket you can reach out to that agency directly. It it was the Sc Highway Patrol you cal also reach out to the officer’s post to leave a message for a call back. The posts and numbers are listed on the Highway patrol’s website. The other alternative would be... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for South Carolina on
Q: No bond was listed on a ticket for mask violation. Is the ticket valid without a bond listed?

I was issued a ticket for not wearing a mask outside in Charleston, SC. There are no signs or warnings anywhere to let tourists know masks are required OUTSIDE. The officer did not write the bond amount on the ticket. I live out of state, and was in Charleston for less than 24 hours. I am not... Read more »

John W. Molony
John W. Molony answered on Jan 22, 2021

I practice in Charleston, SC & would be happy to happy to discuss this with you.

Please feel free to call me at 843-762-5732 to discuss this in greater detail.

Thanks,

John Molony

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for South Carolina on
Q: Do I have to show up for speeding ticket in South Carolina?
Ryan D Templeton
Ryan D Templeton answered on Jan 7, 2021

The ticket will say if attendance in court is required or if you can just pay the ticket.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for South Carolina on
Q: In Sc pulled over for doing 93/55. My son said there’s no way he was doing that speed. Gave him a ticket for 56/55

The cop said hed give him a ticket for 56 in a 55. My son said he was driving in the right lane behind trucks and his car couldn’t go 93 if it wanted to. Can he fight the ticket? It’s 2 points and 76$ fine

Ryan D Templeton
Ryan D Templeton answered on Oct 12, 2020

There are ways to fight any ticket but until you or an attorney receive all of the discovery from law enforcement there is no way to answer your question. It might be worth reaching out to an attorney in the area where the ticket was written to advise you.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Cannabis & Marijuana Law for South Carolina on
Q: What does it mean when ticket amount says MAX?

Officer told me if i came to court he would drop the charges but I don't want to show up to court empty handed. Charge is simple possession of marijuana

Ryan D Templeton
Ryan D Templeton answered on Aug 12, 2020

For simple possession of marijuana the minimum fine after all required assessments is $407.50 and the maximum fine is $615.00. Don't forget that simple possession of marijuana 1st offense also carries jail time of up to 30 days along with the fine. I would highly recommend speaking to an... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for South Carolina on
Q: I drove around a work truck that had a lane blocked. I was contacted by SHP and was ordered to accept a ticket.

A state trooper contacted me and wants me to accept a reckless driving ticket, even though the info came from the work crew. The trooper was not there. He is threatening to seek an arrest warrant if I dont accept the ticket. Is this legal?

Ryan D Templeton
Ryan D Templeton answered on Jun 12, 2020

I would recommend that you reach out to an attorney in that area so that the attorney can reach out to the trooper.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for South Carolina on
Q: I use my friends name for a ticket, I paid the ticket but she wants to snitch on me, will I get in trouble
Ryan D Templeton
Ryan D Templeton answered on May 20, 2020

You could be charged with the original charge under your name as well as an additional charge for providing false information to law enforcement.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for South Carolina on
Q: Is driving on sidewalk a points violation on SC Dont see anything online that it is. The officer acted like it was not.
Ryan D Templeton
Ryan D Templeton answered on Mar 11, 2020

Assuming that you were charged under section 56-5-3835 there is no points associated with that offense.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for South Carolina on
Q: If I got pulled doing 40 mph in 30 mph zone, violation cited 56-05-1520(G)(1) / 2100, should my fine be a max of $25?
Ryan D Templeton
Ryan D Templeton answered on Feb 19, 2020

$25 is the maximum fine but with court costs and assessments that fine actually becomes $76 and change.

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Personal Injury and Traffic Tickets for South Carolina on
Q: I was in a car accident and was given a ticket of which the officer later dropped at traffic court. Can I now sue.

I was taken to hospital in an ambulance and car was totaled.

Matt Schmoldt
Matt Schmoldt answered on Jan 31, 2020

You should call a local injury lawyer and discuss your case with them. Even if the ticket was dropped, you may still be at fault for the accident in a civil case. The criminal court and the civil court are two different worlds. Your case involves a very fact specific inquiry. It is possible... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Mergers & Acquisitions and Traffic Tickets for South Carolina on
Q: If the officer doesn't work for that jurisdiction anymore that wrote the ticket what happens
Ryan D Templeton
Ryan D Templeton answered on Jan 13, 2020

The officer can return to prosecute the tickets but many times the tickets get dismissed.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for South Carolina on
Q: So you already said I don’t have to show up in court. Is it worth it to fight to have 2 pts dropped?

How does 2 pts affect insurance in SC? Is it worth it to try and fight the points or just be happy the trooper decreased the points from 4 to 2 and since I’ve paid just go on my way? It is my first ticket ever

Ryan D Templeton
Ryan D Templeton answered on Dec 7, 2019

The minimum points on any speeding ticket is two points. The judge does not have the authority to drop them any lower. Your insurance can take the conviction into account but that really depends on your carrier.

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for South Carolina on
Q: I got my first traffic violation in SC for 10 miles over the speed limit and 2 pts on my license. The trooper decrease

The trooper decreased the ticket from 4pts to 2 and 20miles down to 10miles. I just paid the fee of $75 online. My question is the ticket online says no court appearance required but the back part of the ticket talks about "If you fail to post bond or personally appear in court on the... Read more »

Allison Brandt Blackwelder
Allison Brandt Blackwelder answered on Dec 6, 2019

The fine you paid is the bond amount, so you do not need to appear in court. You have already taken care of the matter responsibly. Best of luck!

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