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Q: I got caught speeding going down a hill in an out of city road 43 over. But I’m 17 what will happen to me?

It was a 45 and he said he wasn’t gonna getting me for reckless driving, just speeding but I have to appear to court it seems

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answered on Sep 28, 2023

In Utah, speeding 31 mph or more over the speed limit is considered a Class B misdemeanor, which is more serious than a typical speeding ticket. Since you're a minor, the penalties might differ from those for adults and could involve not just fines but also impact on your driving privileges.... View More

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Q: Utah-My son is fighting a ticket for failure to obey traffic control device, fighting it, additional charges added

My son is fighting a ticket for failure to obey traffic control device. He is fighting it and the city has now added 2 additional charges that weren’t originally cited. Why?

William Melton
William Melton
answered on Jul 13, 2023

It is a common practice for prosecutors to add charges that were given as a warning when someone fights their ticket. Sort of a way to strengthen their position. The prosecutor is ultimately the one who decides what charges are filed so they have the power to add or remove whatever charges they... View More

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Q: I got a speeding ticket on the interstate but they didn't make me sign it is it still valid?

I was never prompted to sign the ticket in the first place. I should have specified.

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
answered on May 28, 2023

My research showed me that in Utah, when a driver declines to sign the ticket the officer has options, one of which is to simply leave the ticket in the car with the driver. There was a highly publicized case in 2007 about a Taser incident with a driver who refused to sign. The officer also has... View More

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Q: How do I find a traffic citation if an officer never gave me a physical ticket?

I was getting on I15 and got pulled over by an unmarked police truck. The officer took my id and ran it and then came back and said he was citing me for going 20 over. He shook my hand and said be careful merging back into traffic and gave me my id back. He never gave me a physical ticket or had me... View More

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
answered on May 22, 2023

Usually you have to sign a citation with a promise to appear for it to be valid. Then you are given a copy. It sounds like you were not cited and were given a verbal warning. You could look for information from the Court website but if there is no citation number, you will have a very hard time... View More

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Q: If a county sherif pulled me over but didn't tell me my speed give or me a written ticket did I actually get cited?

The sherif after asking for my license and registration came back and said, "Looks like it will be a $250 fine. I bet there are a lot better things you could do with that money, huh?" Then handed me my credentials and let me go. I didn't recieve a written ticket or warning and I... View More

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
answered on May 22, 2023

It sounds like you were not cited or fined, and given a verbal warning. Pay attention to your speed. Utah has a legal limit on many freeways of 80. Yes things are far apart in Utah, but 80 is pretty darn fast to get between them. I drove in Utah when the National speed limit was 55- talk about... View More

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Q: If I’m driving in city A with no headlights can city B pull me over and have the case held In city B court.

Didn’t/wasn’t driving in city B when the offense happened

William Melton
William Melton
answered on Dec 6, 2022

Police officers can pull you over in any city. They are not restricted to "their" city for jurisdiction. However, if they pull you over in another city, the case would be in that other city. This is a slightly more complicated answer, because there may be times when that can happen. It... View More

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Q: I receive a speeding ticket in UT for driving 92 in a 70 mph zone. I live in CA. Can I contest without court appearance?

I would like to dispute the ticket as I don’t believe I was driving that fast and was going with the flow of traffic. Is there a way to dispute or dismiss a ticket without appearing at court?

William Melton
William Melton
answered on Nov 20, 2022

Many courts are still allowing people to appear by video when they live out of state. You can either contact the court and see if they'll allow you to appear by video. Or, you can contact an attorney in Utah who handles traffic tickets to assist you.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, DUI / DWI and Traffic Tickets for Utah on
Q: I was stereo typed, passing this cop, he flipped around as i pulled into my trailer park which is posted no trespassing

Our lots are owned by the people not rented. He sped up im already around the corner and pulled up to my house. Flips his lights. He asks for my info and pulled me out of my truck. Doesnt say or ask anything takes his dog and goes right in my truck. Can he do that? Im asking him hey where is your... View More

William Melton
William Melton
answered on Nov 18, 2022

You need to contact an attorney to review and assist you in your case. You need an attorney. Do not speak to anyone about the case and consult with an attorney. Based of what you're saying there are likely many issues with the officers conduct, but until an attorney looks at all the police... View More

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Q: I received a speeding ticket for going 73 on a 50. I’m only 17. Can I get points reduced so my license isn’t suspended?

I received a ticket for going 23 mph over, which will result in 75 points on my record. I’m under 21 which means I can only have 70 points on my record. What can I do to reduce points so I don’t have my license suspended? I have a clean driving record prior to this incident.

William Melton
William Melton
answered on Nov 6, 2022

You contact the prosecutor to see if they will reduce the speed or allow you to complete traffic school. You can also contact an attorney to help you. Speeding tickets are only infractions so the court won't appoint you an attorney.

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Q: Do I have reason to Appeal a Parking Citation if is was placed in my car ( entered the vehicle ) without my permission

My car was closed and yet I found a parking Citation paper placed on my seat.Park City Policeman opened the door without me there and put the parking citation on the seat. I had been parked without a payment ticket for apx 15 minutes + or - 1 or 2 , usually there is a 15 minute grace period before... View More

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answered on Feb 20, 2024

No. There was no trespass, and you were not harmed in any way.

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Q: I was caught speeding on a public highway by an officer who was parked on private property. Is this legal in Utah?

As I said, I was on a public highway. The officer was parked on a privately owned road, monitoring traffic. I've been told this is not legal unless they have permission from the property owner. Is this true or just an urban myth?

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
answered on Jun 9, 2023

It is an urban myth. This case arises in the area of traffic violations/traffic ticket law. You need to discuss with an attorney in your jurisdiction that specializes in this kind of law. Thank you for using Justia, Ask a Lawyer.

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Q: Officer issued a ticket for the wrong city. The judge dismissed it. Can the correct city pick it up.

If so, how do I know they will? Is there a grace period?

William Melton
William Melton
answered on Mar 22, 2023

The correct city could re-file the ticket, but it's unlikely that they will even know about the citation. They have up to a year to file it.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Utah on
Q: Hello, my question is ways that i can get my charge of possesion of a controlled substance dissmissed or reduced in utah

An officer from a neighboring city got behind me and followed me untill i reached my city for no reason he pulls me over. His reasons were made up and in my discovery he dont give any probable cause reason on why he began to follow me on the highway. ive done some research and believe theu were... View More

William Melton
William Melton
answered on Feb 13, 2023

You need to hire an attorney. Criminal law is extremely fact specific and you need an attorney to review your case and probably file a motion to suppress.

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Q: I was issued a speeding ticket on I 15 , the police officer was in an unmarked car .

He didn't have radar, he said he paced me . Gave me a ticket for 25 over. Is it possible to have prosecutor lower the speed?

William Melton
William Melton
answered on Dec 22, 2022

Yes, but it depends on the prosecutor/jurisdiction where you got the ticket. Also, just so you know pacing is a pretty common way for an officer to get your speed.

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Q: I got pulled over for reckless driving going 108 but I had an activate warrant for a citation I got transported to jail

These are fake answers from these attorneys to practice there line of work by taking advantage of situations don't let them fool you

William Melton
William Melton
answered on Oct 24, 2022

There isn’t anything you can do about the tow and impound fees. You need to contact an attorney who handles traffic cases to help you with the reckless driving. It’s a class b misdemeanor. They don’t seem like a big deal, but I’ve have clients tell me their insurance company dropped them... View More

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Q: I live in Utah but have an out of state licence. I was sited for doing 101 in a 70 on the i15.

I would like to minamize any points on my California record. Therefore is there any steps I can take at my court apperance in order to minamize any impact on my record. Also is there any way to convince the judge to knock the speed down.

William Melton
William Melton
answered on Oct 3, 2022

The judge doesn't have the ability to knock the speed down. Your best chance is to try and persuade the prosecutor to do it. You can reach out to them yourself or hire an attorney to assist you.

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Q: Im 17 and got a ticket in Colorado and I live in utah, can my ticket be taken care of over the phone?

I don't know if I have to show up in person to Colorado to get this taken care of or if I can just pay my fine over the phone? On the citation it says that a parent or guardian has to be with me in my "court date" The problem is my parents say they won't drive to Colorado with... View More

William Melton
William Melton
answered on Sep 28, 2022

You need to ask an attorney in Colorado to know for sure, but I think you can just pay the fine without appearing. Most states allow traffic tickets to be resolved without personally appearing. You should call the court directly and ask them. They may even have an option for you to... View More

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Q: I was got a speeding ticket in utah driving at 27mph over speed limit on a 65mph road. Can i get it dismissed?

The cops says he caught me on radar going 31mph over the limit. I was pretty sure I was going around 90 which is 25mph over the limit. There were no cars on the road & it was downhill.

William Melton
William Melton
answered on Jul 15, 2022

It is unlikely that your ticket will get dismissed. There is a huge push right now, especially by highway patrol, to catch and ticket high speed violators. Most troopers aren't cutting any sort of breaks. There are some ways to fight traffic tickets, but a lot of the time we are able to... View More

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Q: If a cop is from another city and pulled you over, but did not get approval from the city where the stop happened

is it an automatic dismissal? 77-9-3 2a

William Melton
William Melton
answered on Jul 6, 2022

No, a cop has jurisdiction all over the state.

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Q: Given a ticket for speeding on I15, officer didn't write my license info on the ticket, just my name. NY state. plead no

I was given a ticket for speeding on I15 , officer did not write my driver's license information, just my name, I have a NY state license. I want to fight the ticket for lack of information on the ticket and I went to court to dispute it for missing information on the ticket. Is it enough for... View More

William Melton
William Melton
answered on May 9, 2022

The short answer is no. There is a misconception that some missing or inaccurate information on a ticket is grounds to have it dismissed, but unfortunately that isn't the case. Any issues in the ticket can be fixed by the prosecutor and things like your driver license number are just ways to... View More

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