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Rebecca Ann Kendel

Rebecca Kendel’s Answers

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  • Red Light Camera ticket: Red light not illuminating red.

    Essentially, i received a red light camera ticket after running a red light that I did not see due to the fact that the RED LIGHT was actually broken. No lights were visible from my point of view until i crossed the intersection and saw a green l...

    Rebecca’s Answer

    There has been a recent court decision stating that the red light camera ticket program is improper, as cities have been hiring a for-profit company to issue traffic citations, a job which only law enforcement officers should be able to do. When you get a red light camera ticket, it has most likely been issued by a third-party vendor, which the court just said is not allowed. I would move for dismissal of the red light camera ticket on this basis. If you need help, retain an attorney.

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  • I received a ticket for having my seat belt under my arm temporarily while I was getting something from my purse.

    I moved the seat belt strap under my arm while I was getting something from my purse and then put it back and there was a state trooper that followed me for 10 minutes, she even drove around and passed me then whipped over to get me. Since when w...

    Rebecca’s Answer

    It might help if you could make a diagram of the court for the court so that the court can visually follow your side of the story. Whether fairly or not, courts often tend to give more weight to an officer's side of the story in a traffic ticket case. Creating reasonable doubt often depends on finding inconsistencies in the officer's side. Was there tint on your car and would the officer have been able to see through? If you need help, you should retain an attorney.

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  • Speed ticket for going 44 in a 25 mph zone.

    I recently got a speeding ticket for going 44 mph in a 25 mph zone. The sudden change in speed limit from 35 to 25 after a left turn caught me off guard and before I had the chance to slow down, I was stopped by the police and was told that I was ...

    Rebecca’s Answer

    It sound like you have a number of grounds upon which this ticket can be challenged. You're not alone in being unfamiliar with traffic court proceedings - it's not a place people usually go for fun. That being said, you're probably best off letting an attorney handle for you. In that case you most likely will not have to step foot in traffic court, and based on what you told us, a good attorney will ask the judge to dismiss the ticket. I suggest you let an attorney handle this for you - you probably have better things to do than hang around traffic court anyway.

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  • How do i fight a traffic ticket when they messed up my ticket?

    I was driving my brothers car and i was quote on quote speeding and then he pulled me over and then i gave him my license i did not review the ticket until i got home and i saw that he actually gave my brother the ticket even though i gave him my ...

    Rebecca’s Answer

    If they messed up the ticket by putting your brother's name instead of yours, that could be very good for you. An experienced traffic attorney will know how to best use their mistake to your advantage.

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  • Can i get a d6 clearance to get my license back?

    I owe almost $10,000 in court costs and fines. I tryd to get on a payment plan but they have already went to collections. Is it possible if i start a payment plan with the collection agency to get my license?

    Rebecca’s Answer

    I would check with the clerk(s) of court which issued the court costs and fines, and find out whether entering into a collections payment plan will fulfill the court requirements necessary to clear the suspension. Start with the clerks and see if you can get clear direction as to what to do. If you still need help, retain an attorney.

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  • Unpaid speeding ticket, suspended license

    I got a speeding ticket in February 2014 for 281 which I forgot to pay. Couple days ago I got pulled over for speeding while police equipment didn't work and they judged my speed visually as I assume and got one ticket for 166 and another ticket w...

    Rebecca’s Answer

    Just from what you have told us here I see a few defenses which an attorney could use to fight your most recent ticket. As my colleagues have said, you are really best off retaining an attorney to deal with both, as well as the suspension.

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  • Traffic Accident

    I had a speeding ticket in September which I am currently fighting with an attorney. To my luck I got in an accident today was was issued a citation again for something like failure to use care. The FHP officer said I could elect traffic school on...

    Rebecca’s Answer

    I suggest you fight the 2nd ticket just as you are doing with the first. You can only elect to attend driving school 5 times in your whole life, under Florida law. Why give up on of your free strikes? Even if you are ordered to attend driving school, it still will not count as one of your 5 strikes.

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  • RED LIGHT CAMERA TICKET

    I just received a Uniform Traffic Citation in the mail. Apparently I ran a red light in the St Petersburg area way back in the beginning of JUNE 2014. I never received anything in the mail from that contract company Now 133 days later I get the UT...

    Rebecca’s Answer

    Regardless of whether they sent you the notice or not, yes a recent court decision has just been issued which will likely provide you with a good defense. Whether they sent you the notice of violation or not is a factual dispute which would only be heard at trial (and quite frankly, the magistrates tend to believe officers over defendants when it comes to factual disputes). The best approach is to seek to dismiss the citation so that hopefully it will never get to trial at all. This is best accomplished through a traffic attorney, as my colleagues so correctly note.

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  • RED LIGHT CAMERA TICKET

    I POSTED A PREVIOUS QUESTION ABOUT THIS NOW I HAVE MORE INFO AND SEEKING ADVICE MY EX HUSBAND IS LISTED FIRST ON THE REGISTRATION FOR THE VEHICLE , THE NOTICE ( REDLIGHT VIOLATION ) WAS SENT TO HIM SO HE FILES THE PAPERWORK THAT HE DOES NOT HA...

    Rebecca’s Answer

    Yes, you may have a good defense to the red light camera ticket due to the brand-new court decision. As far as that ticket goes, your ex's attempt to throw you under the bus may not even amount to anything. The auto title issue is a bit different and goes into the area of family law, what your divorce settlement was, etc.

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  • I just got a speeding ticket for doing 9 over the limit of 70. Can I qualify for PJC or what other options can I do to make this

    go away with little out of pocket cost and no insurance hike and no points.

    Rebecca’s Answer

    The best way to resolve this ticket at the lowest possible cost and most likely, without having points or school ordered, is to hire a lawyer. The lawyer may be able to get adjudication withheld or better yet, a dismissal. Hiring a lawyer is also your best chance to avoid an insurance hike.

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