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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 Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser 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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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Massachusetts on
Q: Are speeding violations now mailed home rather then given at the spot of violation?

Was pulled over by state police and the office

told me that i will get a ticket via mail. Is that normal

now due to the covid-19?

Lissa McKinney
Lissa McKinney answered on Oct 31, 2020

That is not at all normal, and may work to help you. SAVE the envelope it coms in, as MA statue ch. 90c sec 2 requires them to issue it in hand at the time and place of violation and if not it can be dismissed. There are few exceptions and you don't say what you were stopped for. Save a copy... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for California on
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 »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Constitutional Law for Missouri on
Q: I showed up to court for a speeding ticket and was told the ticket wasn't in the system yet. Can I get it dismissed?

They blamed Covid, but there was no notification and I missed work to be at court. I disagree with the ticket and now will need to take more time off whenever the ticket is entered and they set a new date. Am I guaranteed a speedy trial and if so, can I get this ticket dismissed. Had I missed... Read more »

Andrea Rogers
Andrea Rogers answered on Oct 16, 2020

No, you can't get your ticket dismissed based on what you have stated. If you had missed the court date, the court would have mailed a letter to you to remind you that you missed your court date and would have re-set your court date on a future date. If the Prosecutor hasn't filed the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Pennsylvania on
Q: Two part question: pulled over for tint and can a citation change?

I was driving to work the other morning (very early, it was pitch black) and I noticed an officer following me for a few miles. They eventually pulled me over and used a handheld device to check the tint on my back, driver- side window. I have absolutely 0% tint on my windows, so I believe they... Read more »

Ellis B. Klein
Ellis B. Klein answered on Sep 26, 2020

First thing you should do is follow the instructions on the ticket and plead not guilty to both citations because if you are convicted of driving under suspension that will add an automatic one year suspension to what you already have. Second thing you need to do is contact PennDOT immediately and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Massachusetts on
Q: I’m waiting on a court hearing for a speeding ticket. Will I be able to renew my car registration before the hearing?

I got pulled over about 5 months ago for speeding and I still havnt received a date for a court hearing. My car registration just expired and I need to renew it. Will I be able to renew it while waiting for the court hearing or will the ticket prevent me from renewing the registration?

Lissa McKinney
Lissa McKinney answered on Sep 24, 2020

You can absolutely register the car!! The pending speeding ticket will not prevent this. Many ticket hearings are backed up due to Covid. Be sure you sent it in on time, kept a copy of the ticket, and know what court to call if you dont hear from anyone within the month. You should have heard from... Read more »

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