J. Randell Stevens’s Answers

J. Randell Stevens

Garland Speeding / Traffic Ticket Lawyer.

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  1. Seeking criminal defense lawyer in dallas TX, capital murder case

    Answered almost 6 years ago.

    1. J. Randell Stevens
    2. Hamilton Philip Lindley
    3. Patrick F. Mccann
    4. Peter J Tomao
    4 lawyer answers

    There are probably 2 dozen good Dallas lawyers for capital defense, but this is not a great way to find somebody to save your life. Talk to a local lawyer that you trust, even if it's your divorce lawyer. You want a referral to somebody you'd trust your life with, so start with people you already trust and ask around. Don't stop talking until you find somebody you are comfortable with, who has experience, and who comes well recommended by his peers.

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  2. Can I get Texas speeding ticket withdrawn because ticket says 65mph speed limit and all speed limit signs in the area say 70mph

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Jason Robert Rew-Hunter
    2. J. Randell Stevens
    3. Alan James Brinkmeier
    4. Paul McGlone
    4 lawyer answers

    Two ways to help your case: pics of the 70 mph sign and a copy of the zoning at that location. 70 is the default speed by statute if it was daytime. If a local jurisdiction has altered it you'll need that law. DPS can write tickets anywhere so you'll need to know the city limits well enough to know if Navasota controls. Don't be too concerned about driving 74 if it really is zoned 70. Texas law requires that you drive in a reasonable and prudent manner; the zoned speed merely gives the...

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  3. I need a lawyer in the Dallas TX area to help me expunge a misdemeanor from my record

    Answered almost 6 years ago.

    1. Herman Martinez
    2. J. Randell Stevens
    3. Robert Philip Webber
    4. Roland B. Perez
    4 lawyer answers

    When you go looking for a "Dallas area lawyer" search for a Ft. Worth lawyer. Lotta good ones over there and they won't charge you a travel fee to get your non-disclosure done.

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  4. Can my ticket still be dismissed?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. J. Randell Stevens
    2. Andrew Thomas Hawkins
    2 lawyer answers

    Generally you have some time after the due date to comply. What you need to look for is the "show cause hearing" date. At that point you can attend and show that you received your driving record late and explain the circumstances. If you haven't gotten your copy yet go the Garland DPS office as they can provide you a copy on the spot. At least they have for years, but anything could change. If you no longer live at the address on your license then fix that while you are at Garland DPS.

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  5. I got a ticket in may of 2009 for speeding, and i paid the court cost to do defensive driving but i didn't do it what can happen

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. J. Randell Stevens
    2. Stephen George Cobb
    2 lawyer answers

    Depends. If the court has not yet held a "show cause hearing" you can still finish and have your case dismissed. If you "just pay the balance" it results in a conviction that will raise your insurance rates and may subject you to annual surcharges.

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  6. Charges

    Answered almost 6 years ago.

    1. Christopher Lee Carlson
    2. Benjamin Kirke Sanchez
    3. J. Randell Stevens
    4. Alexander Thomas Henderson
    4 lawyer answers

    Dallas area: $50 and up, assuming you're talking about a speeding citation and not DWLI or something like an ordinance violation (ie. you got a ticket for letting your grass grow too long. Dallas loves those.). Add another $45 or so if a warrant has issued. To clarify one point: what you get is representation, not a defense. An attorney can tell you if you have a legit defense, and he can help you even if you don't.

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  7. Do I have to hire a lawyer for a speeding ticket court date under TX law

    Answered almost 6 years ago.

    1. Herman Martinez
    2. J. Randell Stevens
    2 lawyer answers

    Hmm, you don't get court dates for not paying a ticket in Dallas. You may have a "show cause hearing" for failing to pay a deferred adjudication fee. Or you may have a "failure to appear" citation for which you have received a court date. If what you have is a show cause hearing save the attorney's fee and do this: before the SCH date run, do not walk, to court and pay the fees. You will do this by going to Magistrate Court. Lines form at 6:00 a.m. Yeah, I'm serious, they only see about...

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  8. I missed my court date for traffic violation in Dallas, Texas. What are my options now?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Paul Holt Walcutt
    2. J. Randell Stevens
    2 lawyer answers

    If a warrant has issued you have three options (1) post a cash bond. It will be high enough to cover whatever fines may be imposed, although you can get back any amount not applied to the fine, or all of it if the case is dismissed. (2) hire an attorney to post a bond. you can usually get both a bond and representation for less than a cash bond. (3) See the judge and ask for a court date. Some courts will exercise their discretion this way, some won't. Even if you are denied you still have...

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  9. Speeding ticket <10% over limit in Houston. Can't do Driving Safety Course. Should we ask for deferred disposition or just pay?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. J. Randell Stevens
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    Take the deferred disposition, knowing that he'll have to do a DSC anyway. In Texas, any driver under 25 who takes deferred also has to do the DSC. Texas doesn't have a points system by speed, just by offenses, so 5 over and 25 over are effectively the same. In other words, don't save the deferred, he needs it now. A conviction will cost him 15% more on his liability insurance for the next 3 years. At his age the costs of deferred are much less than that insurance bump.

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  10. Police Officer caught falsifying traffic instrument

    Answered almost 5 years ago.

    1. J. Randell Stevens
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    I'd be careful with this. There is a huge difference between fraud and a misunderstanding on your part of what actually occurred. I can't tell from our summary, but the fact that your copy and the officer's copy are different does not require fraud. In fact, it happens in some cases. For anything but a speeding ticket the difference is irrelevant: the state has to prove up the complaint, not the ticket. But since you got a speeding ticket then Section 543.010 means your copy has to...

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