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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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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for South Carolina on
Q: I missed my court date one day and it was Thanksgiving the next i couldn't get in touch with court what do i do?

After charged dus 2nd non dui. I fixed it with dmv but missed court date i don't have a dus 1st can i still be charged 2nd? Offense

Ryan D Templeton
Ryan D Templeton answered on Dec 1, 2019

You will need to contact the court first thing Monday morning and ask to reopen your case if you were tried in your absence.

There is a chance if this was your first court date and you did not have an attorney your case was continued.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for South Carolina on
Q: I got pulled over and couldn’t find my insurance but it was in my car the whole time I missed my court date and ran late

is there a way I can go about not paying the ticket if I already have insurance

Ryan D Templeton
Ryan D Templeton answered on Nov 24, 2019

If you were found guilty in your absence you can ask that your case be reopened by going to the court with a letter requesting that the case be reopened. It is within the courts discretion to reopen the case.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for South Carolina on
Q: was never showed any thing to sighn or asked but did read my rights
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 4, 2019

A South Carolina attorney could answer you best, but your post remains open for two weeks. You post this in Traffic Tickets but mention something that looks like it might involve being read your rights (from the wording above - I hope it is not). Are you sure this is traffic violation? Maybe you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for South Carolina on
Q: I got a ticket for driving without a license in Chesterfield cty South Carolina in 2011. Shouldnt it be dismissed 2019?
Sheila Mims
Sheila Mims answered on Nov 1, 2019

It should have been resolved by plea, trial, or dismissal long ago. You might consider checking the public index to see what happened to the charge.

1 Answer | Asked in Communications Law, Internet Law and Traffic Tickets for South Carolina on
Q: Can you get a ticket for not stopping at a stop sign in a private community in South Carolina
Ryan D Templeton
Ryan D Templeton answered on Oct 24, 2019

The short answer is yes. If the sign complies with the required statutes it is unlawful to not stop.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for South Carolina on
Q: I just got a ticket for endangering emergency services personnel (move over law) I didn't merge or slow down

What can I do? What does this misdemeanor mean will happen to me? Go to court date?

Ryan D Templeton
Ryan D Templeton answered on Oct 15, 2019

If you are convicted you will be assessed a fine and points on your record. You may want to consider a diversionary program such as the traffic education program which is offered by most solicitor offices.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for South Carolina on
Q: I got a ticket for 63 in a 45 but the cop reduced it to a 10 or less... I really cant afford no more points on me

Is there any way to keep them from going on my record ? Like a class or somthing ?

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

One option is called the Traffic Education Program (TEP) which is offered by most Solicitor’s offices in the state. I would recommending calling the solicitor in the area that the ticket occurred and they can explain to you the program requirements.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for South Carolina on
Q: If a driver gets into a marked road median prior to a marked turn lane , is this a ticket able offense in South Carolina
Ryan D Templeton
Ryan D Templeton answered on Sep 22, 2019

More likely than not if you are getting into a median you cross a double yellow lane when you enter the turn lane and therefore it would be a traffic violation. I hope this answers your question.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for South Carolina on
Q: Is it illegal to park facing traffic in sc
Ryan D Templeton
Ryan D Templeton answered on Aug 6, 2019

Yes, SC Code Section SECTION 56-5-2560 provides:

Parking at right-hand curb not more than 18 inches from curb.

Except as otherwise provided in Sections 56-5-2540 and 56-5-2550, every vehicle stopped or parked upon a roadway where there are adjacent curbs shall be so stopped or...
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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for South Carolina on
Q: So if I have had no driving violations in almost 7 years, but am permanently revoked, can my charges be changed at court

I was not charged with anything other than a first DUS, non DUI related, but am apprehensive that a magistrate could pull my record and bump it up to General Sessions and a lot more problems can occur... I'm just having a hard time understanding the law on this....So it would be helpful to... Read more »

Ryan D Templeton
Ryan D Templeton answered on Aug 6, 2019

SC State law SECTION 56-1-460 provides:

Penalties for driving while license cancelled, suspended or revoked; route restricted license.

(A)(1) Except as provided in item (2), a person who drives a motor vehicle on a public highway of this State when the person's license to drive...
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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for South Carolina on
Q: Is a verbal warning required or just an option, before giving a citation for parking in a fire lane?
Ryan D Templeton
Ryan D Templeton answered on Aug 6, 2019

It is within the officers discretion to give a warning or write a ticket.

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