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Q: good morning i have a question i live in santa cruz ca,i had my car towed due to tags

i fell on hard times due to divorce and mother passing ive been in the towing for the past 22+yeari live at the homeless shelter here in santa cruz calif.my reg was up last feb 2 2020 i know i had up to 6 month to sort it out .then the covid 19 hit i tried to regerster the car on line but it said... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Dec 23, 2020

You are past the issues of 72 hours and no warning, you car was towed. Now you have to get it out or the towing yard will put it up for sale to pay for the towing charges. Towing yards rarely accept "I haven't got any money" to give you the car back. Best of luck.

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Q: What do I do if on quarantine during court date for covid ticket

Got ticket 6 months ago by a park ranger but it was a Civil citation and sheriff are the only law to right Civil citations.

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Dec 23, 2020

The courts are having hearings on these tickets. Some appear remotely on Zoom or a different provider. Go to your court's website. If you don't appear or make other arrangements, you will receive additional penalties and maybe even a bench warrant.

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Q: A while ago I purchased my first car and I recently got pulled over and got a citation for my tags and/or registration

Bought my car from a Mexican family that spoke 0 english and I had to use google translate to communicate. I don't have much family so I didn't have anyone to let me know better and I never got the car registered and the tags were expired and that's why I got pulled over. Maybe... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Oct 26, 2020

First, the pandemic does not affect what you say in court. Your first appearance is an "arraignment" where you plead guilty or not guilty. If you show up with valid current paid up registration in hand it will go much better for you than if you say "I got this ticket 3 months ago... Read more »

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Q: i was issued a ticket for driving on a suspended license expired registration i missed the courtdate do i have a warran

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Douglas Hugh Ridley
Douglas Hugh Ridley answered on Sep 17, 2020

If you were issued an infraction or misdemeanor for driving on a suspended license and do not show up for the court date, the court will issue a warrant. It will probably be immediate, but there could be a slight processing delay (especially with Covid). The best solution is to go to that... Read more »

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Q: Can I not show up to court for a speeding ticket that was messed up?

An officer wrote TBD on my speeding ticket (I was told this means "to be determined") then proceeded to write in the incorrect adress. Do I have to call them every month to check and see if the ticket went through? Can they put a warrant out for my arrest if I dont?

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Sep 13, 2020

You can, but there could be consequences. Welcome to Traffic Enforcement in the Justice System. If your ticket is scheduled for arraignment and you don't show: 1. you will be assessed a Civil assessment of $300.00 for the FTA; and 2. your license could be suspended. If you are stopped for... Read more »

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Q: I am currently writing a motion to dismiss due to violation of speedy trial rights. Are there notable cases I can cite?

I am currently fighting a traffic ticket and the court arraigned me after a trial by written declaration on May eighth and the court has set my trial on August 23rd. I tried to look for important California Supreme Court Decisions but could not find any. Anything helps.

Thanks.

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Jul 13, 2020

You should look to the Orange County Superior Court website for the COVID 19 orders that were issued suspending the California "speedy trial act", before you spend a lot of time on this. The presiding judge issued these orders on authority from Orders from the Cal. Supreme Court. They... Read more »

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Q: Is there a law in Cali that requires the court to set a date by a certin point

My licence was suspended for speeding and it ticket for speeding and driving on a suspended licence got bolth reduced to infractions and my suspension was almost up but the corona virus hit and now I’m in limbo is it possible to have the case dropped for this

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Jul 9, 2020

It is not clear from your facts what stage of the proceeding in Traffic Court you were at. Did you have an arraignment? Did you plead guilty? Was the suspension at the time of the ticket for speeding? Did the court suspend your license for 30 days or more? Did the suspension come from DMV?... Read more »

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Q: A cop pulled me over for running a stop sign, but there is no stop sign at that intersection. Will the judge drop it?

I revisited the intersection on the ticket because I was 99.99% sure that I did not run any stop sign or even a stop sign, and indeed the intersection was a signal. The cop also wrote me up for no insurance (which I have, but he refused to look at my insurance card), for using my cellphone (even... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Jun 30, 2020

Your first appearance will be for an Arraignment, that is to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty or ask for traffic school. You can ask for a trial and return with your evidence to show that you are not guilty of the violations. I would suggest that you take large photos to show the judge about... Read more »

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Q: Got a speeding ticket for going 80 in a 65. Officer wrote that I was going either 65 or 69 on her ticket (can't read it)

I got this ticket during the quarantine in April when freeways were fairly empty. I was in a new area and was going along with the flow of traffic from the cars that were around me. I didn't think I was going that fast, but I could have been.

For some backstory, I was at the end of a... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Jun 17, 2020

The officer has most likely written you up for exceeding the California maximum speed limit of 65 mph. Look up the code section on line to see which one it is. It matters only whether you were going 66 or 80 in the amount of your fine, whether you will qualify for traffic school, the number of... Read more »

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Q: I have a trail date set for June 1st, 2020 for failure to stop red light ticket in san mateo courthouse.

Due to COVID, i rather pay the ticket and avoid court room exposure. Is this still an option?

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Jun 8, 2020

There is a website for the San Mateo courthouse online. You should search for that and find out how they are handling traffic or any kind of case. You may be a lucky one that is caught with the COVID Court closures, and not be assessed for FAILING TO APPEAR, which adds at least and additional... Read more »

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Q: I got my first speed contest ticket on 5-28-2020 do to covid-19 I didn't got arrested but my car got impound for 30 day

My question is what's going to happen to me I never been arrested and I haven't received anything by mail

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Jun 8, 2020

The ticket that you signed, giving your promise to appear, in order to be released will have a date on it by which you need to report to Court. You don't have to go at that exact date as long as you go BEFORE that date to see a Judge for Arraignment- entering a plea. Having said that, the... Read more »

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