Utah Traffic Tickets Questions & Answers

Q: Can i get pulled over in McDonald's parking lot when the officer never got behind me until the drive tru

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets, Appeals / Appellate Law and Civil Rights for Utah on
Answered on Mar 7, 2018
Catherine Cleveland's answer
I believe your only asking the question because you received a ticket for something. Why did the officer give you a ticket?

Q: Can an Officer add additional charges after you’ve signed the original citation?

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation, Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Utah on
Answered on Jan 11, 2018
Catherine Cleveland's answer
Yes, the prosecutor can amend the charging document at any time.

Q: Is an incorrect code written on your traffic citation ground for dismissing your charges?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Utah on
Answered on Oct 31, 2017
Mr Aric M Cramer Sr.'s answer
No. It may go to the officer's credibility, but it doesn't remove jurisdiction.

Q: Should I just pay the ticket or also do the traffic school or contest in court?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Utah on
Answered on Jun 5, 2017
Matt A Munson's answer
It will likely be difficult to defend this, given your admission, unless you can establish that the officer's radar is/was faulty. In my opinion, a PIA is your best option, as it at least gives you a chance of keeping this from going on your record. If you pay the fine, it goes on your record, and if you contest the matter and are found guilty, it will go on your record as well. Hence, I would ask the prosecutor if he will allow you to enter plea of No Contest to Speeding (89MPH in 80MPH...

Q: I have a traffic violation for speeding 82 in a 60 mph area. I'm below the age of 21.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Utah on
Answered on Jun 5, 2017
Matt A Munson's answer
It is not likely that the prosecutor will dismiss this case outright. However, if you have a clean driving record, that will likely help your cause. My recommendation would be to approach the prosecutor and see if they would be amenable to allowing you to plead No Contest to Speeding (79mph in 60mph zone). There is a difference in the fine amount you will be required to pay, and many insurance companies will drastically increase your insurance premiums if you are cited for 20+ MPH over the...

Q: Can a police officer give you a ticket days later after receiving a verbal warning for a moving violation?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Utah on
Answered on Oct 28, 2016
Brian K Jackson's answer
I doubt he will go back and give you a ticket. However, they have every right to. If he witnessed it he can file it later, usually the statue for a crime like that is a year. Reckless driving can be a class B misdemeanor, maximum jail could be six months. However, again, I doubt that he will go back on his word.

Q: How long does a speeding ticket last on a Utah Drivers License Record

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Utah on
Answered on May 11, 2016
Brian K Jackson's answer
Forever unless you move for an expungement and a judge finds that you qualify.

Q: Have to appear at court for traffic violation, how worried should I be?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Utah on
Answered on Jan 29, 2016
Brian K Jackson's answer
You can't get a public defender on a traffic violation. If you are worried about your record it might be good to get a lawyer. If you pay the fine or take a plea in abeyance it will be counted as an automatic guilty that can affect your insurance.

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