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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Ohio on
Q: Can I get issued a ticket without being pulled over even though I had a cop following me?

So I was driving in Mayfield to go get my shot for covid. I didn't want to be late so I was going a bit faster than I should (confident it was 40 in a 35, maybe 42). There was a officer in a drive facing the road so I slowed down to 36. He pulls out and follows behind me for a few minutes till... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on May 19, 2021

I think you are overthinking it. He would have pulled you over, if he was going to give you a ticket.

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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Minnesota on
Q: Is it proper for prosecutor to enter NG plea when not in open court and where all talks were off the record?

Petty traffic case. Remote hearing (arraignment) takes place. Pros offers a plea and I decline. Pros then instructs clerk to schedule for trial. I never said that I would plead NG, nor did I refuse to enter a plea. I presumed I would have a hearing before a judge to do this, but it has been entered... Read more »

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson answered on Apr 24, 2021

Nothing here was improper. It would be typical, particularly in a petty misdemeanor, that you wouldn’t necessarily enter a not guilty plea in front of a judge. It is a procedural step and the failure to do so isn’t a significant error.

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for South Carolina on
Q: The log in to pay ticket fine on website listed on ticket, no information of my son nor the ticket number is showing up

Officer lowered ticket to 10 mph or less. Ticket states court date time and address however Area of ticket for officer to mark “appear in court? Y or N?” Officer left blank. And we cannot find any information on the back of the ticket as to whether or not this is a mandatory court date.... Read more »

Ryan D Templeton
Ryan D Templeton answered on Apr 6, 2021

If he is only charged with speeding he can just pay the ticket and not show up for court. At that time the "bond" (what he paid) with be forfeited and the case will be over. That being said, depending on what state he has his license in the points for the ticket can transfer back and show... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Louisiana on
Q: Should I have been notified of a speeding ticket court date change due to covid?

I got my first speeding ticket on 3/13/2020, on the ticket court was set for 4/30/2020. I called twice with no answer when lock down began for court change, but no one picked up. I received a failure to appear in court letter on 3/18/2021. I am simply wanting my reinstatement fees waved. Should I... Read more »

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh answered on Mar 31, 2021

I sympathize with you. Ultimately, it is your responsibility to find out your new court date, however what steps you took may assist you in getting in fee/charges associated with the warrant for your missed court date--that is up to the discretion of the Judge. Your reference to receiving a... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: I received a moving violation during my 3 month probationary license period. What will happen?

I received 3 speeding tickets 06/2019, 02/2020 and 03/2020. Due to Covid, I did not have to plead guilty to the third ticket until December 2020. In January I took a safe driving course and was granted a probationary license for my 3 month suspension from Feb 5th 2021 to May 5th 2021. On March 17th... Read more »

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Mar 22, 2021

The length of the suspension depends upon how many points you will have accumulated. That depends on the nature of the tickets and how fast over the limit you were going. Ticket will probably be dropped if you show up in court. Other driver most likely will not show.

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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets and Cannabis & Marijuana Law for Texas on
Q: Can police legally unlock and search my glovebox without a warrant

I was recently stopped for an expired registration which if I'm correct right now is not even stoppable offense due to covid-19 and subsequently pulled out and surendered marijuana from my person to the officer he then without saying anything else to be watching his car got gloves one over to... Read more »

Brian Foley
Brian Foley answered on Feb 12, 2021

You're best legal challenge would be the reason for the initial detention. In Texas a police officer has to have reasonable suspicion that a traffic violation has occurred to pull over a vehicle. If the only reason the officer had to pull you over was the expired registration sticker it may... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Pennsylvania on
Q: How many times can a judge reschedule a case for driving over speed limit?
Ellis B. Klein
Ellis B. Klein answered on Jan 26, 2021

With covid, as many times as he wants. If you get a lawyer, the lawyer may be able to contact the officer and the court to try to work it out sooner. Many judges are doing zoom or telephone hearings due to Covid. You did not say how fast they have you going so be sure to look into how many points... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for South Carolina on
Q: I received a ticket for 20 over, speed isn't posted. Court continued due to COVID until TBD.

I haven't had a ticket in 15 years. I was heading to work. Passed a car moving slowly ( I thought 15 under apparently they were 10 under). When I passed the individual I must not have decreased speed. Not justifying my actions as correct, but I was distracted due to a work situation. The... Read more »

Ryan D Templeton
Ryan D Templeton answered on Jan 26, 2021

Depending on what agency wrote the ticket you can reach out to that agency directly. It it was the Sc Highway Patrol you cal also reach out to the officer’s post to leave a message for a call back. The posts and numbers are listed on the Highway patrol’s website. The other alternative would be... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Small Claims for Illinois on
Q: If appealing a traffic fine has expired am I able to take to small claims to resolve to sue the city

Owe $100 for a red camera fine. I contested and lost. It is impossible to get general help to appeal online from the law library as to what forms to appeal etc

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Jan 26, 2021

IMO- NO. What you are suggesting is a "collateral attack" on your traffic conviction. No state allows this. If you had a statutory time to appeal and missed it for a valid reason or the time to appeal was suspended due to COVID you should hire an attorney to represent you and make the... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: my court date is over 100 days from the day i got 2 tickets? can i ask for dismissal, I'm 16, and its my first offense.

i got two tickets in carol stream IL on October 29th, 2020 my court date on the ticket said January 26th 2021. but then in the mail i got a new date saying September 29th 2021, this is very far away and over 60 days by a lot its over more than 200! so I'm wondering if I can ask for dismissal... Read more »

Juan Ooink
Juan Ooink answered on Jan 22, 2021

I have heard these types of arguments in the past and they have failed each and every time. Also, due to COVID, this type of argument will absolutely fail. Regardless, you will want to appear and see what happens in court. At the very least you will want to ask for Court Supervision.

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1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI and Traffic Tickets for Pennsylvania on
Q: Driveing without a liscense, I was unaware of it what should I expect/do?

I have a summary trial coming up on the 29th for driving without a liscense. I wasn't aware that it had been revoked due to covid. I had received a notice before hand but nothing after confirming it was revoked. The citation also has the wrong model car on it. This is my first time dealing... Read more »

Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer answered on Jan 20, 2021

You should do what you can ahead of your trial to have your licensing issue resolved. This offense carries only a fine, but a hefty fine of $200 plus court costs. Also, if you've been convicted of this same offense in the last 5 years, your license will be suspended for 6 months. If... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Traffic Tickets for Michigan on
Q: can i sue the PD for giving my child covid after making my child sit in the car with the officers after a traffic stop?

my son was pulled over for a tail light while on his way to the grocery store. While pulled over neither officer had a mask and made him take his off to identify himself. While they ran his name they made him get out of his vehicle handcuffed him and sit in the patrol car with them. After waiting... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Jan 17, 2021

Your son should first make a complaint against the officers with the department's internal affairs. Legally, whether the officers' actions were appropriate will depend on what exactly was going on at the time, and what your son was or was not doing.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Massachusetts on
Q: Traffic Reciprocity

I pled not guiilty to a speeding ticket in NY 12 years ago. Not NYC.

On the date i was assigned for court, a snow storm occurred. They never rescheduled my court date to my knowledge. I moved out of NY a few years after.

I reside in MA now. TWELVE YEARS later, they sent a court date... Read more »

Lissa McKinney
Lissa McKinney answered on Dec 28, 2020

DEAL WITH THE TICKET. No good will come of anything else. MA has reciprocity so the outcome there will impact you here. MOST of the NY courts are closed due to covid depending on the Court or the hearing date. You want a NY lawyer in that county jurisdiction or to use google and find the path.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for North Carolina on
Q: If my court date has come and gone, court was cancelled and the officer never filed the I in legal purgatory

I received my ticket for speeding on 11/15 for 69 in a 55. Initial court date set for today, 12/18. Saw two days ago (12/16) that court was cancelled. Contacted court clerk's office via telephone (12/16) to confirm. When asked for my ticket number, they had no record of it. Officer... Read more »

Amanda Bowden Johnson
Amanda Bowden Johnson answered on Dec 28, 2020

You have already wasted more time and effort on this than you should have. Just hire a local traffic attorney, have this reduced to a non-moving violation that will not affect your license and insurance and be done with it. If the address on your ticket is correct, you will likely be getting a... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Minnesota on
Q: Is there a consequence to waiting until Monday to contest a ticket when today is the 30th day
William Bailey
William Bailey answered on Dec 27, 2020

Unlikely. Courts are generally extending the 30 day deadline due to covid. A lawyer can give you more assistance as it is clear you are unfamiliar with how this works.

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for California on
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 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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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for California on
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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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Minnesota on
Q: Why is my appearance in court mandatory?

I was in an accident due to a failure to yield left and they found me at fault for the accident. I was told by the officer in charge that I would be able to pay my citation and plead guilty for the charge, but now it says I have a mandatory court appearance. It is a misdemeanor for crim/traffic and... Read more »

Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher answered on Nov 30, 2020

If the officer checks the "property damage or injury" box on the citation, the court appearance becomes mandatory. That means failure to appear will result in an arrest warrant. A misdemeanor is a crime punishable by a maximum of 90 days jail, though jail is rare in cases like this.... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Oregon on
Q: I was hit by a forest cop on one lane FS road blind curve. Please help, the damage is extensive.

I was coming up he was coming down the blind curve. Cliff on my side. One lane road. I swerved to avoid hitting him and he never even hit the brakes. My insurance lapses by a few weeks due to covid related financial issues. I have court coming up to contest the traffic ticket they gave me which was... Read more »

Jennie Lynn Clark
Jennie Lynn Clark answered on Nov 26, 2020

Since you were hit by a cop in the state of Oregon, tort claim notice will need to be received by the employer and/or city/county/state attorney of the cop who hit you within 180 days. The hearing for the ticket will be important, as the judge will be determining weather or not you were at fault... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Minnesota on
Q: Earlier this year I received a ticket claiming I passed a bus with its red lights blinking. Is there a way to fight this

I was behind the bus but passed it before it started to slow down or put on it’s lights. I received a call for cop who told me the bus driver gave them my plates but I could fight the ticket in court. I have no witnesses as I was alone in my car. Is it possible to fight and win this? I was... Read more »

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson answered on Nov 15, 2020

Paying the fine is a guilty plea and it will go on your record. It will also likely affect your insurance rates. You should consider challenging the ticket. An attorney can help make success more likely.

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