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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Florida on
Q: I live in Florida and went on vacation with my wife and two daughters to Georgia to visit my mother.

On our way back to Florida on 75 I was pulled over in sycamore county for tinted windows and given a ticket. The car was bought new at Toyota and came with tint from the dealer and is in compliance with Florida law but I guess not Georgia law. My tint is 30 on the front 2 and 15 on the back 3. Is... Read more »

Henry George Ferro
Henry George Ferro answered on Feb 21, 2020

I am not authorized to practice law in Georgia. However, the statute in Georgia is, as follows:

Georgia's O.C.G.A. § 40-8-73.1 regulates vehicle window tinting. Under this statute, you cannot legally tint the front windshield at all, and you cannot reduce light transmission through the...
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3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: Can I get out of paying traffic ticket if judge forgot to have me sign the court order?

I recently went to court for improper passing of an emergency vehicle (officer stated “you got over but not far enough”). It is a pretty hefty fine. There were close to 500 people in the court room that day so everything was rushed. When my turn came up the local prosecutor was distracted and... Read more »

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Feb 21, 2020

Even if that worked, the best you would get out of it is a do-over. And most likely with an irate judge and prosecutor.

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for New Jersey on
Q: Can a police officer issue you a ticket while you are not in the car? By just placing the ticket in the door handle?

For unregistered vehicle

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Feb 20, 2020

For this type of ticket since it does not require movement of the car for the offense,so yes the officer can leave the ticket on the car but it would generally be mailed to you.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Indiana on
Q: I have a ticket from 2009 in the Stat of Illinois and Indiana has suspended my license for non payment. I reside in IN.

Illinois states they do not track out-of-State residents and cannot tell me how to pay the ticket. Indiana tells me Illinois has to tell them I have paid the ticket before they will reinstate my driving privileges. What can I do?

Andrew L. Bennett
Andrew L. Bennett answered on Feb 20, 2020

Illinois should at least be able to tell you how to pay a ticket. If you were talking with the Illinois Secretary of State, you should call the Clerk's Office in the county where the ticket was filed. The Clerk should tell you how to pay the ticket. It may have gone to collections, but they... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for New York on
Q: The New York State Thruway Toll Authority say I owe them thousands of dollars. I wasn't even in the state at the time.

I was in Indiana on a contract job at the time of these violations. I can get proof from my employer and the hotel I was staying at.

Eli Moore
Eli Moore answered on Feb 20, 2020

Was someone else driving your car? As the registered owner you are responsible for any unpaid tolls even if you were not the driver

3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Minnesota on
Q: How long does it take to get a ticket in the mail if one is issued?

I stopped appropriately behind a school bus, and when that one went, I went too. There was a second bus stopped at the corner, let the first bus by, and then put the stop sign out AS I was passing it and started honking at me. He did not put out the stop arm until I was right next to him. And he... Read more »

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson answered on Feb 20, 2020

There is no set time for you to receive the ticket and it could take some time. You should expect to get something within a month or so, but that does not mean that you are in the clear.

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for North Carolina on
Q: I got a ticket for going 77 mph in a 55mph zone. It's the first time I've ever gotten in trouble a first offense.

I was wondering as a 24 y.o. male what is the best next step I should take when I arrive at the court? And can it be lowered?

Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Feb 20, 2020

The best next step is to hire a local traffic attorney and not go to court and try and handle this yourself. Look at it this way, if you aren't a mechanic would you ever think to just go and crack into your car's transmission and try and rebuild that bad boy? It's the same for legal work - you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Louisiana on
Q: I am a Lyft driver, and I got ticketed for going around the barricade that was marked local traffic only for pickup

The location was presumed within the barricade. I lost the ride and evidence attached when the ride was switched on me. Did I actually do anything illegal? And what are my options? He charged me with LARS 32:237. They are trying to coerce me into a deal, and I’m also looking for precedents for... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Feb 19, 2020

Hire a traffic court attorney. This sounds like a bogus ticket.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for California on
Q: I plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of driving on suspended license. The judge rescheduled my arraignment for

A later date because the prosecutors did not have my criminal file with them and could not find it in their office does my guilty plea still stay or does it mean I have a chance to plead not guilty at the next arraignment?

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Feb 19, 2020

more info needed.

didn't you have a lawyer with you.

normally the court would appoint a public defender and that is the person who has all the info and can give you the most accurate info.

every court is different as is every DA.

Did the judge and DA take your plea?...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Immigration Law and Traffic Tickets for California on
Q: My husband has a tourist visa and was working for a trucking company in the US and got a traffic ticket what do we do?

He is working for a trucking company in the US with no work permit he currently has a tourist visa and recently got a ticket. His court is coming up and we are unsure of what to do. Or how to go about it.

Adan Vega
Adan Vega answered on Feb 19, 2020

Your spouse appears to be unlawfully employed in the U.S.and should seek to obtain lawful status.

In regards to the traffic ticket, he can engage the services of an attorney to assist him with the traffic violation.

Good luck to you.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Traffic Tickets for Tennessee on
Q: Can your license be suspended in Tennessee for having a tag that was registered to another vehicle on your vehicle?

An individual was pulled over by the cops. He was driving a vehicle that wasn’t registered, was uninsured, and had tags on it that went to a 2011 GMC Sierra but the vehicle the tags were on is a 1995 vehicle. Since this incident his dad has went and registered the vehicle and got insurance on it... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Feb 19, 2020

Those Rule of the Road violations should not get MVR points. However the Financial Responsibility Vilolation could suspend the License of the Driver and/or Owner. Hire a competent attorney to address these charges in Court. The Insurance Contract Date could be bad if the LEO shows up.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: Can you plead not guilty in court to said unpaid parking tickets from 17 years ago after receiving a citation notice?

My car was stolen in front of the house I was living at back in 2002. I did not file a police report because the car was broken into so many times, I just decided to let things be.

Juan Ooink
Juan Ooink answered on Feb 19, 2020

What? You will have to follow the procedure explained in the notice. If you requested a hearing, you try to explain what happened but your failure to file a police report will cause you issues.

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.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Iowa on
Q: If I was never physicality issued or notified of a traffic citation, can I be held liable for failure to pay or appear?

My son was involved in an accident the end of December 2019. He never physically received or was notified that there were any traffic citations as a result of the accident. Today, he received a failure to appear/pay notice and his driving record shows a probation violation because of this. If he... Read more »

Benjamin Kohn
Benjamin Kohn answered on Feb 18, 2020

If he was never notified of the charges against him, never signed a promise to appear, etc., then this is clearly a violation of his rights under constitutional due process. Additionally, Iowa R. Crim. P. 2.55 requires that the defendant be served with a complaint that identifies the county,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Maryland on
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 person... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for New York on
Q: If my ticket says 9am for a traffic ticket To be seen and I come after will I still be seen?
Eli Moore
Eli Moore answered on Feb 18, 2020

It depends where you received the ticket. Within the 5 boroughs hearings are scheduled for set times; 8:30, 10:30, 1:00, 2:30 and 4:30. You must appear within one hour of the scheduled time.

Outside the city, most appearances will be for 9:00 or 9:30, but court will be usually be in...
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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for New Jersey on
Q: I am Truck driver and I hit a parked truck at the receiving parking lot with no driver in the other truck.

The parked truck was in my blind spot but later the other driver came to the scene and called the cops and they gave me a careless driving ticket. Should I fight it

Eric Aretsky, Esq.
Eric Aretsky, Esq. answered on Feb 18, 2020

Hi,

Yes, you should retain an experienced traffic ticket lawyer to represent you. A lawyer may be able to prevent points being assessed against your license. Our traffic ticket lawyers are available to assist you.

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: Son got improper passing on right while on I-88. Code 11-704(a). But that road has 2 or more lanes, so how is it illegal

Ticketed by unmarked police car who claimed he was traveling 76 (in 70) while being passed on right. Warning for speeding 1-10 over. Son will request bench trial, but should he NOT request court supervision because of the seemingly bogus "passing on right"?

Juan Ooink
Juan Ooink answered on Feb 18, 2020

It seems to me that there may be more to this story, but on its face, it seems that this ticket will not stand up in court. If he really wants to fight this ticket, he should hire an attorney to assist him. The sooner an attorney is hire, the better.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Tennessee on
Q: Should I take the ticket for 25 over to court

Speed limit sign was posted at an intersection where I was changing lanes at the same time I did not see the sign nor was it clearly visible

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Feb 18, 2020

You should go to Court. Dress appropriately, act respectfully, and possibly the DA or Judge will reduce the speed which are points against your MVR. The worst that can happen is you have to pay the same as you would if you mailed it in.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Tennessee on
Q: I got a ticket for possession of scheduled substance 4-marijuana.I had a misdemeanor amount & have court next month

What actions should be taking before court ? Do i need a lawyer ?

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Feb 18, 2020

You did not state whether it was a Felony or Misdemeanor. Either way, hire a lawyer now. You hope to get it Diverted, Dismissed and Expunged. Being a Citation it was probably a Simple Possession charge, which will still look terrible as a conviction for the rest of your life.

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