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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets and Cannabis & Marijuana Law for Texas on
Q: Is it legal for a state trooper to search a locked glovebox? He said he was going to “bust it open” if I didn’t give key

I was pulled over for failure to display my front license plate - upon stop trooper asked if I smoked weed I said yes pointed to my pipe - then got out to get a leash from the trunk for my dog so he could search my car - I didn’t really give permission he just already was on it - so after... Read more »

Grant St Julian III
Grant St Julian III answered on May 11, 2021

Once the admission of possession of an illegal substance was made, the officer had a legal right to search your car. Whether the officer was going to "bust up" your car or impound your vehicle to perform an inventory search is speculation. Call your lawyer. Good luck.

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1 Answer | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith, Insurance Defense, Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Texas on
Q: If proof of insurance was provided to the court do they verify it?

If someone received a ticker for Financial Responsibility (No Insurance) and they showed the court they had a policy during the date of ticket is the case dismissed immediately or is the insurance policy verified? Not speaking of fake insurance but if you can't remember if it was cancelled or... Read more »

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on May 5, 2021

They will probably verify it unless someone is being lazy.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Texas on
Q: I was notified that I have a speeding ticket.... through email from the DMV. Is this a scam?
Grant St Julian III
Grant St Julian III answered on Apr 24, 2021

Well, have you been issued a speeding citation? If so, did you resolve it?

Bring the letter you received to an attorney for review. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Texas on
Q: Has there been successful cases in which a traffic ticket was issued and the defence was Prima Facia in Texas?

Traveling 45 in a 30 three lanes going one way zero traffic sunny conditions no turns had complete control of the vehicle

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh answered on Apr 23, 2021

Prima Facia? You mean that the prosecution/state did not meet is BOP or burden of proof? In order to prevail, the prosecution must prove each and every element of its case beyond a reasonable doubt. Should it fail to do so, it has not met its BOP and the defendant wins.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Texas on
Q: if a police officer gives you a ticket but doesnt make you sign it, can it be dismissed?
Grant St Julian III
Grant St Julian III answered on Feb 26, 2021

Short answer is no, a citation will not be dismissed because the defendant didn't sign it.

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Q: Can a ticket be dismissed if the officer didn't write a vehicle code of the violation,he just wrote out the offense
Grant St Julian III
Grant St Julian III answered on Feb 18, 2021

Short answer: no, your citation will not be dismissed on the basis you describe.

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Q: My son got a citation for failure to control speed in College Station, there was absolutely no damage to either vehicle,

The car in front of him suddenly decided to stop to make a turn, there was very minimal contact between both vehicles what are the chances he could have this citation dismissed if he goes to court he is 21 years old

Thanks you

Brian Foley
Brian Foley answered on Feb 12, 2021

It is difficult to predict exactly what a prosecutor would do in particular cases. However, it is very common that young offenders who are able to show that they have fixed the damage to other's vehicles are offered either community service or other conditions to complete in return for a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Texas on
Q: I got the speeding ticket while I was travelling to school in Arlington, TX . Later I forgot to pay the fine and one day

I got the speeding ticket while I was travelling to school in Arlington, TX . Later I forgot to pay the fine and one day I got the speeding ticket while I was travelling to school in Arlington, TX . Later I forgot to pay the fine and one day I got a warrant in my name that was issued by the court.... Read more »

Brian Foley
Brian Foley answered on Feb 12, 2021

Most employers do not consider Class C offenses against applicants. Having a warrant related to traffic offenses is very common and most job applications request disclosure of criminal offenses "other than class C" offenses for this very reason. If you are asked about it indicating that... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets and Cannabis & Marijuana Law for Texas on
Q: Can police legally unlock and search my glovebox without a warrant

I was recently stopped for an expired registration which if I'm correct right now is not even stoppable offense due to covid-19 and subsequently pulled out and surendered marijuana from my person to the officer he then without saying anything else to be watching his car got gloves one over to... Read more »

Brian Foley
Brian Foley answered on Feb 12, 2021

You're best legal challenge would be the reason for the initial detention. In Texas a police officer has to have reasonable suspicion that a traffic violation has occurred to pull over a vehicle. If the only reason the officer had to pull you over was the expired registration sticker it may... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Texas on
Q: I live in TX. Got a tickt in GA. Ofcr mistakenly listed my address as GA. I tried to pay online, but am told to appear

I cannot afford to return to GA. What should I do?

Grant St Julian III
Grant St Julian III answered on Jan 14, 2021

Call an attorney in the county in Georgia where the ticket is pending and pose this question. I suggest contacting the Georgia State Bat for a list of potential lawyers. Good luck.

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Q: What does dismissal of traffic ticket means

I got a ticket for Driving in left lane and failing to pass how can I lead non guilty

Grant St Julian III
Grant St Julian III answered on Dec 15, 2020

Dismissal mans no finding of guilty was entered on a case. Contact the court where the matter is pending for options or talk with your lawyer. Good luck,.

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Q: i got a ticked for speeding in a different county i called & they said they couldn’t find my file what can i do next

i got pulled over in a different county i called the number they gave me and i asked how can i pay for it and they asked for my name and after that they said they couldn’t find my file i need guidance on what to do next

Grant St Julian III
Grant St Julian III answered on Nov 23, 2020

Make a request in writing for a court setting. The officer who issued your citation hasn't filed it with the court as of yet, but that doesn't me she/he won't do so soon. Telephone calls do not count as a court appearance and you want to avoid a warrant because nothing is in your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Real Estate Law and Traffic Tickets for Texas on
Q: I got a letter in the mail for a warrant I never knew about. It was for not fixing something on a house I do not own.

Court says they sent a ticket for not fixing a pipe on a house and I didn't show up. I never got the ticket nor do I own the property and cannot afford an attorney. My question is, don't I have to be physically served or notified? They claim they sent a letter but I never got it.

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on Nov 22, 2020

That seems like a frustrating situation. Do you have a specific question about dealing with the warrant?

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Q: Can i get a ticket dismissed if i was speeding in a school zone but the school zone light wasn't on?

Can i get a ticket dismissed if i was speeding in a school zone but the light to indicate that the school zone speed limit is active wasn't on or not working properly?

Grant St Julian III
Grant St Julian III answered on Nov 5, 2020

Possibly. Adequate notice of the school zone must be provided. Notice of the school zone being in effect is a fact question to b decided at trial. Good luck

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Texas on
Q: Is it legal for a cop to add charges onto my ticket after a traffic stop

I was pulled over for speeding while in-between 2 cars and on my ticket it says I got a registration charge and a speeding charge but I got a letter in the mail that says they're charging me with failure to provide financial responsibility, unsafe speed for prevailing conditions (dry roads at... Read more »

Grant St Julian III
Grant St Julian III answered on Oct 24, 2020

What you describe is legal. An officer has the right to cite you for whatever offense he/she believes you committed, and can file such charges at large. Understand that if you just pay these tickets, your license may be suspended, so call n attorney before contacting the court. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets and Civil Rights for Texas on
Q: Placed in cuffs for long period of time and did not have mask when moved and no toilet paper and no sleep mat or blanket
Grant St Julian III
Grant St Julian III answered on Oct 21, 2020

I am not sure of your question. If you were charged with a criminal offense, call an attorney in your area. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Texas on
Q: How do we fix this, isn’t it double jeopardy or something? My boyfriend had 3 traffic violations and a fta from 2013.

He had 3 traffic violations and a failure to appear from 2013. In 2017 he got arrested and spent 3 weeks in jail. The magistrate at that time gave him time served for the 4 warrants out of Daisetta, Texas. He has recently went to jail, got his truck and a borrowed trailer impounded over 1 of the 4... Read more »

Roy Lee Warren
Roy Lee Warren answered on Oct 20, 2020

I am sorry for your troubles but I thank you for your question.

I'm not sure about the claim the magistrate did not have jurisdiction to give him "time served", or why you would be told that AFTER he already served the time. It is my opinion this is a claim that should be...
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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Texas on
Q: Is it possible to have multiple traffic tickets under two different identification numbers?
Grant St Julian III
Grant St Julian III answered on Oct 9, 2020

Yes, one person can have citations under an ID number AND a DL number. Calling a lawyer may help. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Texas on
Q: I received a school zone speeding ticket for a zone that states “When Flashing” however there’s no flash lights.

I received a school zone speeding ticket for a school zone that states “When Flashing” however there’s no light. Is this enforceable sign the indicated when flashing however if there’s no flashing light, how should drivers know it’s in effect? There’s no time indicating the school and... Read more »

Grant St Julian III
Grant St Julian III answered on Oct 5, 2020

"I didn't know it was a school zone" is not a legal defense. Whether the zone was properly marked where a person would be given notice that a school zone was in effect, however, is a different issue, as well as whether the school zone was in effect on the date and time in... Read more »

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Q: I received a speeding ticket in Collin county. If I pay the fine online, do I still have to show up to court?

I was speeding 11 mph over the speed limit. I was just wondering if the citation is paid online, do I still have to go to the court date on the bottom of the ticket?

Grant St Julian III
Grant St Julian III answered on Sep 29, 2020

Paying the fine online will finalize the matter and you will not have to appear in court. This will, however, cause a conviction to be entered on your record. Call the court (or an attorney) to discover any options to avoid a conviction, Conviction.

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