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  • I'd like to learn why traffic tickets may be heard as misdemeanors.

    I received a bogus failure to stop ticket. I am not guilty. The San Diego court web site says this "A person charged with an infraction who is eligible and wishes to have the case proceed as a misdemeanor (See Pen. Code §§17(d)(1), 19.8; Bus. & Pr...

    William’s Answer

    As mentioned, a stop sign violation is only an infraction. It is not an offense that can be elevated to a misdemeanor where you would be entitled to a jury.

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  • How should I proceed? Do I need to get a lawyer? Should I have gotten anything in the mail by now?

    I got pulled over about 2 months ago, for not having a front license plate. The passenger behind me was smelled like alcohol, so I was pulled out of the car for field sobriety. I blew a .08 and was cited and released at the scene. I was repeatedly...

    William’s Answer

    As mentioned, the court does not mail out notices on misdemeanor charges such as DUIs. They often mail them out on traffic tickets, but not misdemeanors. The officer's do not have a say in what charges the prosecution elects to file, so even if they write wet reckless in the reports, the prosecutor can charge it as a DUI charge. One problem is that the front plate violation gave the officer a valid reason to stop you, so it depends on what kind of investigation happened after that. Another sub issue is whether you ever contacted the DMV within 10 days of being arrested to request a hearing to determine whether the DMV was going to suspend your license.

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  • Where should I go for help?

    I have a suspended license in Pennsylvania, but I now live in California. I would like to restore my license or at least get work/school driving privileges in California.

    William’s Answer

    If the suspension on your license is in Pennsylvania, due to an event that caused the suspension in Pennsylvania, you would need to get the hold on your license lifted in Pennsylvania, then you could obtain a license here in California. I suggest contacting an attorney who handles traffic tickets in the county in which the suspension is in. They should be able to tell you how to lift the hold there.

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  • I missed court this Friday and I don't wana go to jail

    It was a speeding ticket I have no tickets only a DUI when a juivinle

    William’s Answer

    In addition to what others have written, be prepared to have a good reason for why you missed the original court date to try to get the judge to agree to reduce or dismiss the $300 civil assessment the court adds for missing court.

    When you do get it back in to court you can still contest the ticket and set a trial date to see if you can get the ticket dismissed.

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  • In a traffic trial, if a police officer testifies that I said something that I did not, can I object on the grounds of hearsay?

    For example, if he lies by testifying that I admitted to speeding even though I never admitted such a thing, can I interrupt and say, "OBJECTION... HEARSAY"?

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    If the officer attributes the statement to you it is a party admission and not hearsay. You would need to cross examine the officer to show how you did not make the statement or wait until it is your turn to testify and state that what the officer said is incorrect or state what you actually said

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  • I failed to appear in court for a traffic ticket & now my $251 fee has turned into $551, can this be reversed?

    I got a ticket for driving without headlights in National City at the end of October 2014, my court date was in December but since I split my time living in Houston I wasn't able to appear so I did a 30 day extension thinking I'd make it by Januar...

    William’s Answer

    As mentioned, you should go to court or have an attorney go to court for you. When you or the attorney make an appearance it will prevent a license suspension or lift the hold on your license if you already have one. You can then set a trial date to try to get the actual headlight violation dismissed which can save you money. It will be up to the judge hearing the case whether to delete the civil assessment or not. If you get to court sooner the better as that could result in a reduction in the amount of the civil assessment.

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  • Is it worth fighting a ticket for wearing my seat belt improperly?

    It was under my armpit instead of over my shoulder. V C Section 27315 states "'properly restrained by a safety belt. means [...] the upper (shoulder) portion of the belt, if present, crosses the chest in front of the occupant."

    William’s Answer

    Technically, you are not wearing the seat belt correctly. However, you never know what might happen if you set the case for trial. As was said, it just depends on if you are willing to take the time to go to court for the arraignment and then again for the trial date. If the officer does not show up on the trial date, the court must dismiss the ticket.

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  • Traffic ticket appears after 9yrs

    Hi I recieved a ticket when I was 18yrs old for a non drivers liscence and for expired registration .. I went to court and they ordered me to pay like 960 or something like that.I never payed it then I ended up going to federal prison in feb 2007...

    William’s Answer

    I would suggest going to the court and looking at the paperwork or file related to that old ticket. The court may have proof of the dismissal. If not, you would likely need to have the case added on to the court calendar to speak with a judge about the whole incident. Bring anything that proves the time you spent in federal custody and the judge may agree to dismiss the ticket or a portion of it....Also check to make sure this new bill is actually about the same old ticket--compare case numbers to be sure there was not a newer ticket you forget about or did not know you received (like a camera ticket).

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  • I got a infraction on the sprinter and it's been three weeks and why is it still not on the website

    To pay ?

    William’s Answer

    As mentioned, it often takes some time for citations to be entered into the court's system. If you get closer to the court date and have not received a notice in the mail you will need to contact the court or appear on the date noted on the bottom of your ticket. You can always contest the ticket and enter a not guilty plea and set it for trial instead of paying it.

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  • Do I pay the speeding ticket or fight the ticket?

    I got a speeding ticket for going 81 on a 65 and plus I had expired insurance card but I do have insurance. Now I have to pay 1226 for both violations.

    William’s Answer

    Contest the citation and see if it gets dismissed. If the officer does not show up it will be dismissed. If you have an attorney they may be able to get the speed reduce to 80 mph which can knock over $100 off the fine for that violation. Showing proof of getting insurance after the incident should work to reduce the fine on that violation from $880 to around half of that. It is worth the time to go to court and fight it or at least show proof of the insurance instead of just paying the whole fine.

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