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  • How can one take care of traffic warrants in different counties?

    A friend has several warrants in about 4 or 5 different counties (Bexar, Atascosa, Bulverde, Cibolo... Not sure but I think there's one or two more) . Most of them are for no insurance and speeding and now failure to appear. He is trying to take c...

    Michael’s Answer

    Your friend should contact a traffic attorney who practices in the San Antonio area. There are several excellent attorneys that can guide you through the process of dealing with multiple courts. In many cases, an attorney may be able to get warrants lifted without the need for expensive bonds. Best of luck.

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  • What can I do if I can't find inexpensive car insurance and have a speeding ticket payment due soon?

    I received a speeding ticket a little over a month ago while trying to arrive at my daughter's doctor appointment on time after leaving work. I was speeding in a school zone. The car has been uninsured for a few months. During this time, I was ...

    Michael’s Answer

    Contact a traffic attorney about your case. It is likely that he/she will be able to drag things out and keep the violation off your record for now.

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  • Speeding ticket in ATX with AZ license even though I reside here - can't take an online ed course?

    I have a residence address also in AZ so kept the AZ license - is my best bet to get a TX DL so I can take the online course and get it dismissed or deferred disposition which seems to be the more expensive route but still dismissed... Thank you.

    Michael’s Answer

    Contact a local traffic attorney in Austin. It should not be difficult to negotiate a deferred disposition to keep the violation off your driving record. Depending on the particular facts of your case, a traffic attorney may even be able to negotiate waiving the driver safety course altogether.

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  • My wife was cited for an expired registration in Hico, TX. 2 pertinent facts: The stop was made for an "illegal u-turn"

    at an intersection with no signage to that effect. Also, I had recently brought the car back from IA and was within the 30 day grace period for obtaining an in state registration. (The IA registration expired 2/2014, citation was 3/2015. Car had...

    Michael’s Answer

    It sounds like you should consult with a traffic attorney--depending on the specifics it might be possible to get your cases dismissed.

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  • I got two traffic tickets nine years ago can I renew me license even if there is a warrant out for not showing up for court?

    It has been nine years since I got two traffic tickets at the same time, one was for speeding and the other was for pulling over on the left. I was recently told that the statute of limitations on the tickets would be up after seven years and tha...

    Michael’s Answer

    The statute of limitations would only matter if the case was not filed within the two-year period for Class C misdemeanors . Unfortunately, this does not occur very frequently. The fact there is a warrant means that your cases were almost certainly filed.

    You should consult with a traffic attorney. In most instances, a traffic attorney will be able to get such old cases dismissed, which will keep them off your driving record.

    Best of luck.

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  • What would constitute probable cause to arrest someone solely for the violation of excessively tinted windows?

    I recently purchased a vehicle with tinted windows. For the sake of argument let's assume that they are beyond the legal limit. The police office clearly has reasonable suspicion to pull me over regarding the tinting. Upon the stop, both window...

    Michael’s Answer

    From what you have described, there may be a lack of probable cause. However, this is a very complex area of law and also quite fact-specific. You should consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney about the merits of suppressing any evidence obtained from the traffic stop.

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  • Can the police legally tow your car from your friends private property when they pull you over?

    He was driving on a suspended license but his car is not registered to him, he was followed for 2 miles before turning into driveway and lights being turned on as he was turning in, they said they pulled him over for for no seatbelt which he claim...

    Michael’s Answer

    Depending on the circumstances, the police can impound vehicles when someone is arrested. I assume that your friend was arrested for driving without a valid license?

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  • I got a ticket while on deferred (in San Marcos) for speeding in Kyle, what do I do?

    So I chose to do deferred for this ticket because I couldn't take defensive driving as I had already taken it like 9 months prior. I've been on deferral for a while and got another ticket for going 14 over, but now I can take defensive driving. I'...

    Michael’s Answer

    I strongly encourage you to retain a traffic attorney. In most cases, a traffic attorney can negotiate a way to keep both violations off your driving record, which in most cases will save you both money and time. There are several excellent traffic attorneys in the Austin area.

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  • I received a speeding ticket and was going 88 in a 60 mph zone. What are my options?

    I received another ticket 7 months ago (82 in a 60 mph zone) but had it dismissed through defensive driving.

    Michael’s Answer

    You need to contact a traffic attorney. Since you have already taken driver safety in the last 12 months, you are not automatically entitled to another deferred disposition. Additionally, as you are alleged to be driving more than 25 miles per hour above the speed limit, you are also precluded from taking driver safety. However, a traffic attorney may be able to find a way to keep the violation off your driving record.

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  • I dont have a license and i got a failure to yield ticket, what is the outcome in court? would i just be able to pay the ticket?

    A cop pulled me over for failure to yield at the light. the car that almost hit me was a cop he told me he had to lock his breaks. i didnt have a drivers license and still dont have one i could've had 6 tickets but he only gave me 1 ticket. could ...

    Michael’s Answer

    Short answer: Yes.

    In a case such as yours, I highly recommend that you hire a traffic attorney to handle this ticket. In many cases, an attorney can negotiate an outcome to keep the violations off your record. I realize that you were only cited for one violation (failure to yield). However, you would not be able to take a driver safety course without having a license. An attorney may be able to negotiate a resolution with the prosecutor to get around this problem. Best of luck.

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