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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: 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... Read 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.

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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... Read 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... Read 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: 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... Read 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... Read 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... Read 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... Read 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... Read 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... Read more »

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Q: Is a traffic plea in abeyance in one city jurisdiction voided by a citation in another city jurisdiction?

My son received a speeding ticket in one city and entered in a 6 mo. plea and abeyance. A month later he received a speeding ticket in a different city. Will the second ticket void the first plea and abeyance or is it held separate by jurisdiction?

William Melton
William Melton
answered on Apr 13, 2022

Most likely yes. Any moving violation is likely a violation of the plea agreement, even if it occurred in another state. The question is whether or not the prosecutor discovers it. Typically they do, but I have seen cases where they don't see them if the case has not been resolved yet. It may... Read more »

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Q: Can I get a reckless driving ticket if the police didn't witness the violation, it was called in by one person ?

I was driving a semi, The police followed me a few blocks and they said I was driving fine but still have me a citation and it's now going to trial cause the prosecutor won't budge!!

William Melton
William Melton
answered on Feb 2, 2022

Yes, you can. The police can cite you, but the individual who claimed to observe the driving would need to show up and testify at the trial to convict you. It sounds like you have a commercial driver license. There are federal laws that only apply to CDL holders and you should contact an attorney... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Cannabis & Marijuana Law and Traffic Tickets for Utah on
Q: I was pulled over for speeding in Utah. I am being charged with possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.

I was pulled over going 90mph in a 70 zone. He smelled weed and told me he was going to search the car. I cooperated and set in his car while he & another officer searched. I had about an eighth of weed and a bong on my front passenger floor. I know I can be charged up to $1000 for each offense... Read more »

William Melton
William Melton
answered on Jan 30, 2022

Yes, you need a lawyer. A lawyer can review the case and first make sure that you don't have a defense. Then they can help you get the best possible outcome. You can actually be charged $1,000 plus a 90% surcharge on all class B misdemeanors. It is unlikely that they will do that, but... Read more »

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Q: How long after receiving a traffic ticket does an officer have to report it ?
William Melton
William Melton
answered on Aug 2, 2021

They don't have a specific time that they must report it. If they fail to do so within a certain period it could result in an issue with the statute of limitations. If the ticket was just a regular infraction they have one year to bring charges (submit the ticket, or have the prosecutor file... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Utah on
Q: I was turning and was hit. Think the lady was speeding through light is it possible to get traffic cam footage

I then found out that my I insurance had lapsed. I had no clue my husband first all that. I had insurance the next day. I believe that both parties involved are at fault . I shouldn’t have assumed she was going to be going as fast as she was. It’s kinda a blur but I remember the light was... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jul 26, 2021

A Utah attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a week. I'm sorry about your accident. I hope everyone is okay here. You put a number of issues on the table. In terms of fault, a Utah attorney familiar with the state's vehicle and traffic law AND the signage/traffic... Read more »

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Q: is my drivers license no longer suspended after paying an old speeding ticket

my drivers license in nevada was suspended after not paying a speeding ticket i got in 2013. today i paid the ticket and it’s now paid off and no longer in warrant status. i now live in utah, after taking care of the ticket today is my license no longer suspended? i know i need to get my license... Read more »

Mike Branum
Mike Branum
answered on May 11, 2021

You will need to have your driving "privilege" reinstated in Nevada which will involve paying the reinstatement fee. Once your privilege has been restored in Nevada, you may apply for your Utah license.

Having lived in both states and dealt with both motor vehicle departments I...
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Q: In the state of utah can a state trooper / officer have a k9 sniff around your vehicle without probable cause

I got pulled over for my license plate lights being out

William Melton
William Melton
answered on Mar 29, 2021

This is a somewhat complicated answer. The short answer is yes. The US Supreme Court has said that a K9 sniff if your vehicle is NOT a search and therefor does not require any probable cause. Now, that being said, an officer cannot unreasonably delay the stop. So if he pulled you over for a license... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Insurance Defense and Traffic Tickets for Utah on
Q: What should I do about my no insurance ticket?

On January 1, 2018 I got pulled over for my license plate light being out... but ended up with a no insurance ticket and an impounded car. I was 16 when this happened and my mom was paying the insurance. (I’m 19 now) The officer said the insurance was expired, but I have proof I had insurance on... Read more »

William Melton
William Melton
answered on Jun 17, 2020

Without knowing all of your facts, it sounds like the court revoked your plea in abeyance. If you are still going to court I would ask the prosecutor what the status of your plea in abeyance is. See if the court would be willing to reinstate it (it is a long shot given how old the ticket is). But... Read more »

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Q: I received a ticket from an officer code 41-6a-601on my ticket. Said I was speeding 52 mph in a 25 mph.

I received a ticket from an officer code 41-6a-601on my ticket. Said I was speeding 52 mph in a 25 mph. On the ticket it also shows He charged me at 32mph over. I called the Court and they said I have a mandatory appearance. I asked why. I was told because I’m being charged with reckless... Read more »

Lane Wood
Lane Wood
answered on Jan 15, 2020

Generally speaking the Court will set a mandatory appearance for anything 31 mph over the speed limit. While the charges in court generally match a citation, it is not impossible to add other charges. I would recommend contacting a local attorney to help address this issue. They should be able to... Read more »

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