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Oftentimes individuals that have received a traffic ticket have had many traffic ticket questions that they are unable to answer on their own. Uncertainties of how to pay a traffic ticket or how to find their traffic ticket often lead to questions like the ones answered below by the Experts.

I received a traffic ticket in Florida that stipulates mandatory appearance required. I would like a lawyer to appear on my behalf since I live out of state. What is the traffic ticket law on this?

First appearances require the individual to be physically present. You can have your lawyer contact the State’s Attorney’s Office and check if they will agree to a continuance. If they would that would give you a little more time to make arrangements for travel. There are some exceptions for appearances after your first appearance but not for mandatory first appearances.

Per the Florida Criminal Rules of Procedure 3.180 (a)(1)
(a) Presence of Defendant. In all prosecutions for crime the defendant shall be present
(1) At first appearance

Several people reported me to the Highway Patrol that I was texting while driving and I was issued a traffic ticket. The office did not see me but said he would call those who reported me to testify at court. What can I do about this traffic ticket for texting while driving?

In order for the case to have any real merit the individuals that reported you would need to show up for court. If there are no witnesses against you then the case will have to be dismissed. If the officer tries to give a statement that there were calls made stating you were texting while you were driving then you can object under grounds of hearsay. Hearsay is not admissible in court. Since the officer didn’t see anything he cannot testify in court.

I am a Postal worker and was given a ticket while performing my duties. The police had the area blocked off for the filming of a movie. I proceeded to go through the blocked area and was approached by an officer who then gave me the ticket. How can I fight this traffic ticket?

In some situations the prosecution will dismiss this ticket on the grounds that they cannot obstruct the US mail. If the officer was obstructing the delivery of the US mail or did not allow you to deliver the US mail then he could have fines put upon him. You need to contact the US Postal Inspector’s Office and let them know you were stopped from delivering the US mail. You should also file a complaint with the Officer’s Internal Affairs Division.

According to 18 USC 1701 states, “Whoever knowingly and willfully obstructs or retards the passage of the mail, or any carrier or conveyance carrying the mail, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than six months, or both.”

I received a ticket in Washington over 7 years ago. I recently received a notice that Oregon (where I live) has suspended my license for non-payment of this Washington ticket. Is there a traffic ticket statute of limitations?

Traffic violations stay open until they are settled. There is no statute of limitations in reference to traffic tickets. In order to get your licenses reinstated you will need to pay the fines/fees.

I got a traffic ticket a month ago in Bellevue, Washington. The ticket stated I had 3 weeks to pay the fine. How do I pay the traffic ticket online?

Paying traffic tickets online for most counties is the same process. You would go to the government website of the county the ticket was issued. Here you will be able to search for your ticket information and also pay the traffic ticket online.

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