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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 »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Tennessee on
Q: I got pulled over in a "school zone" that the flashing lights were off and i didn't know kids were present due to covid

and received a ticket but the officer didn't ask me to sign it on the paper or on an electronic device. Does that mean an automatic dismissal in court since i wasn't asked to sign? Thank you

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Sep 18, 2020

No. That is only an acknowledgement of the Citation instead of Arrest. You will need to go to Court in a respectful manner. Be polite about the lack of signature.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Criminal Law and Civil Rights for California on
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 »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for California on
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 »

3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Immigration Law and Traffic Tickets for New York on
Q: Can a traffic related misdemeanor effect my US citizenship application process? I have green card & take final test soon

I’m a green card holder and have my final citizenship interview this month. The misdemeanor was from driving with an expired drivers license and getting rear ended (I’m not at fault for accident), but the officer said if I can renew my license before my court date, it should be able to be... Read more »

Victor M. Feraru
Victor M. Feraru answered on Sep 7, 2020

There's no way of telling whether or not the misdemeanor will effect your immigration status without more details. Also, as far as renewing your license, it's rather straightforward now (make an appointment, or do it online). Consult with a law office who will try to get the ticket... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Municipal Law for Maryland on
Q: Had court date but pandemic came. Wasn’t given a court date and license for suspended

I got scheduled a court date for 39:3-40 back in March for my insurance I believe. Pandemic came and they scheduled it again for June but courts weren’t open. Just paid that ticket from the courts and it was $153 plus $33 court fees. Before me paying that ticket, I got pulled over again for my... Read more »

Leonard A Englander
Leonard A Englander answered on Sep 6, 2020

Hi there,

That sounds frustrating. I doubt you will lose your license. In all likelihood, you will show up at the mandated hearing, explain what happened to the prosecutor and if you can show proof that everything is in good order (ie. license is back in good standing, registration is good,...
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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for North Carolina on
Q: I’m 16 and got a speeding ticket July 5 doing 83 in a 55 it was low traffic and cloudy weather

My court date was supposed to be September 4th but got pushed back to November why was it pushed back and will I get my licenses suspended

Kristen Dewar
Kristen Dewar answered on Aug 28, 2020

Since courts in NC have resumed operations in June, most jurisdictions have either postponed traffic court or reduced the number of cases they are hearing per court session, due to the COVID social distancing requirements and the limited space we have in many of our courtrooms around the state. As... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Minnesota on
Q: Could a prosecutor amend a speeding ticket that was reduced, if I contest it?

I was stopped by a state trooper for speeding and was issued a ticket for 9 mile over the limit, noting that the trooper claimed I was going faster.. I have a clean driving record and do not want a conviction. I am unemployed due to COVID and cannot afford a lawyer. If I contest this hoping to get... Read more »

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson answered on Aug 10, 2020

It is unlikely that the prosecutor would amend the ticket simply because you set the matter on for a court hearing to try and keep the matter off of your record. However, I would expect that if you were unable to resolve the matter and it was set for trial that the ticket could be amended.

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Washington on
Q: How can months after my license was suspended can the state impose new requirements for me to get my license reinstated?

License was suspended for 90 days because of being charged with a dui. After a year and a half of programs, counseling, driving classes, victim panels and fees went to court and had the charge reduced to a reckless. Which then came with another suspension of 30 days plus all of the fees AGAIN!! To... Read more »

Jahnis John Abelite
Jahnis John Abelite answered on Aug 4, 2020

When a driver is arrested for a DUI in Washington State, there are two different public agencies that have the authority to control what happens to the driver: the courts and the state drivers license agency, here DOL. The court has certain authority over the defendant and his or her criminal... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for California on
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 »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for California on
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 »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Tennessee on
Q: Got a ticket for speeding .The court date said 5/29/20. But courts were closed for Covid so I didn’t appear. What now?

I have tried calling the number on the ticket but no answer and there is no amount to pay on the ticket or way to pay on their website, it just says call

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Jul 7, 2020

Start calling Court Clerks starting with the General Sessions Court of the County you were stopped in. Then you might try City Courts where the stop occurred. If the Ticket is not paid, you could go to jail and/or lose your TN DL. You may have to call the Circuit Court Clerk of that County.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for California on
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 »

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: Can a speeding ticket be dismissed if court date has been changed for a long period of time?

I received a speeding ticket back in April when this pandemic situation was going on, officer said he clocked me at 49 on a 25, I tried explaining the officer I was on an emergency reason to me speeding and I wasn’t unaware how fast I was going, also officer did not pull me over until I already... Read more »

David J. Winer
David J. Winer answered on Jun 28, 2020

If you cannot afford a lawyer then call the Clerk of the Court where the ticket is assigned and ask them how to set your case for a traal. With the COVID closures every courthouse has different rules. Once it is set for a trial you have to plead and explain your case to the judge.

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3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: I live in Illinois and I got a speeding ticket. Do I have to go to court in person to request court supervision?

I want to request court supervision, but going into court is a problem right now because of the Covid-19 pandemic. I live with several at-risk family members. Can I request court supervision by mail?

Brandon K. Davis
Brandon K. Davis answered on Jun 21, 2020

That depends on the type of speeding ticket and the courthouse where it is assigned. If your ticket is not marked as “must appear” or required court appearance, you should have been given instructions along with your ticket. The instructions may be an envelope or on the back of your ticket. If... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for California on
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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