Texas Woman Sentenced to 150 Days in Jail for Driving with “Altered” Vehicle Registration Sticker

May 8th, 2020 by Tad Nelson in Traffic Offenses

If you have ever been pulled over for a traffic violation, you know the first thing a police officer will ask you to do is provide your “license and registration.” With respect to the latter, it is important to make sure your vehicle’s registration is always kept current. And of course, you should never display […]

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I Just Received a Traffic Ticket? What Do I Need to Know About My Legal Rights?

April 10th, 2020 by Tad Nelson in Traffic Offenses

For many Houston-area residents, dealing with a traffic ticket is usually their first interaction with the local court system. Many people in this situation do not fully understand their rights and obligations under the law. With that in mind, here is a brief overview of what happens after a police officer issues you a traffic […]

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How That “Junked Vehicle” on Your Front Lawn Can Lead to Misdemeanor Charges

March 12th, 2020 by Tad Nelson in Traffic Offenses

Traffic violations normally involve vehicles that are actually traveling on public highways. But the Texas Transportation Code also regulates the use of non-operating or “junked” vehicles. Section 638.071 of the Code defines a junked vehicle as one that is either “wrecked, dismantled or partially dismantled, or discarded,” or that has been inoperable for more than […]

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Can I Be Ticketed for a Traffic Violation as a Pedestrian?

February 10th, 2020 by Tad Nelson in Traffic Offenses

Not all traffic violations involve actions you make while driving a vehicle. Even if you are simply walking down a public street, an officer may stop and ticket you for violating certain traffic laws applicable to pedestrians. And if in the course of this “pedestrian stop,” an officer suspects you may be guilty of some […]

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How an Apparent “Wide Right” Turn Can Lead to More Serious Legal Problems in Texas

January 13th, 2020 by Tad Nelson in Traffic Offenses

Traffic violations often lead to the pursuit of other criminal charges, such as DWI or possession of illegal drugs. That is why it is critical to challenge any potential problems with the traffic stop itself. If the traffic stop is illegal, that can affect the admissibility of any evidence found of other potential criminal activity. […]

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Can I Be Cited for a Traffic Violation If There Is Mud on My License Plate?

December 6th, 2019 by Tad Nelson in Traffic Offenses

Even if you are a careful, responsible driver, there may be situations where you are cited for a traffic violation where you were unaware of the underlying cause. For example, under Section 504.945 of the Texas Transportation Code, a driver may be cited if the license plate on their vehicle “has a coating, covering, protective […]

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How a Hit-and-Run Accident Can Lead to Felony Charges in Texas

November 7th, 2019 by Tad Nelson in Traffic Offenses

Many traffic violations do not involve anyone besides the driver. For instance, if you run a red light through an otherwise empty intersection, you broke the law but did not hurt anyone. Of course, if a police officer saw you, she will still issue you a ticket. But when you are involved in an accident […]

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“Reasonable Suspicion” and Traffic Violations in Texas

October 15th, 2019 by Tad Nelson in Traffic Offenses

Traffic violations are commonly used by Texas law enforcement to justify what would otherwise be an unlawful detention of a motorist. But as with any criminal offense, the officer must have “reasonable suspicion” that a traffic violation did, in fact, occur. That is to say, the officer must be able to articulate specific facts that, […]

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What Happens If I’m Caught Driving with an Expired License?

September 10th, 2019 by Tad Nelson in Traffic Offenses

Anytime that you are stopped by a police officer for a traffic violation, you must present your driver’s license. Most Texas driver’s licenses are valid for six years, after which time they must be renewed. Driving with an expired license is itself a violation punishable by a $200 fine for a first offense. Multiple violations […]

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Court: Harris County May Collect Road Tolls Against Ex-Owners of Vehicles

August 8th, 2019 by Tad Nelson in Traffic Offenses

If you fail to pay a required toll on a county road, you commit a misdemeanor traffic violation punishable by a $100 fine. And in fact, under Section 284.0701 of the Texas Transportation Code, the owner of a vehicle can be cited for this offense if they fail to pay a previously imposed fine, even […]

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