What You Need to Know About Texas Traffic Laws and Taillamps

October 12th, 2021 by Tad Nelson in Traffic Offenses, Traffic violations attorney, Understanding Texas Law

A broken taillight is often a pretext for police to initiate a traffic stop. Indeed, it is a traffic violation to operate a modern vehicle (one made after 1960) without at least two functioning taillamps. According to Section 547.322 of the Texas Transportation Code, the taillamps must be mounted on the rear of a vehicle […]

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When Is It Legal to Drive on the Shoulder in Texas?

September 9th, 2021 by Tad Nelson in DWI, Traffic Offenses, Understanding Texas Law

Have you ever become frustrated with the flow of traffic and decided to try and “ride the shoulder” of the road? In most cases, this is a traffic violation. The Texas Transportation Code specifies only seven cases where driving on an “improved shoulder” to the right of the main road is legal: To stop, stand, […]

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When Can I Get a Texas DWI Arrest Expunged from My Record?

August 17th, 2021 by Tad Nelson in DWI, Expungement, Misdemeanor Crimes, Traffic Offenses

Even when a drunk driving arrest does not lead to a criminal DWI conviction, there is still a public record. This means that if someone conducts a background check on you for any reason, the record of your DWI arrest will come up. There is, however, a way to prevent such a scenario, and that […]

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Most Common Traffic Violations in Texas

August 10th, 2021 by Tad Nelson in Misdemeanor Crimes, Traffic Offenses, Understanding Texas Law

Operating a motor vehicle is a privilege that comes with a lot of responsibility. Motor vehicles are large machines that have the potential to cause serious damage when they are unsafely operated, and the state is aggressive about finding drivers committing traffic violations that endanger public safety. At the Law Offices of Tad Nelson & […]

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Five Things to Know About Traffic Violations in Texas

June 10th, 2021 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense, Traffic Offenses

If you are stopped and cited for a traffic offense in Texas, you may be facing more serious penalties than you think. Indeed, even traffic violations can result in substantial monetary fines and other penalties that can affect your life and general well-being, especially if you have a history of traffic offenses in the state. […]

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5 Things to Know About Reckless Driving Charges in Texas

May 14th, 2021 by Tad Nelson in Reckless Driving, Traffic Offenses

Traffic violations can vary greatly in terms of type and severity, with some traffic violations involving a maximum penalty of a monetary fine and points on your driver’s license while other traffic violations can actually result in criminal charges that can lead to jail time upon conviction. While reckless driving might only be a citable […]

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Point System for Texas Traffic Violations

April 10th, 2021 by Tad Nelson in Traffic Offenses

Texas, like most states, uses a point system to denote when a driver has committed a traffic violation. These points are connected to each driver’s record, where they will remain for the next three years. The accumulation of points has a number of consequences for drivers, including increased insurance rates, so if you were recently […]

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Common Questions About Red Light Camera Tickets

March 10th, 2021 by Tad Nelson in Traffic Offenses

In 2019, Texas lawmakers passed a bill that barred cities from using red light cameras to issue tickets to drivers in the state. Some cities, however, have been permitted to continue using their cameras, but only until their existing contracts have expired. This exception to the law that banned red light cameras in Texas has […]

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Accumulating Points on Your Driving Record

February 8th, 2021 by Tad Nelson in Traffic Offenses

Traffic tickets are often more than just an inconvenience, but could end up being a significant drain on your finances. For instance, many traffic citations come with hefty fines, but this is not the only cost that a driver may incur, as it is a common practice for auto insurers to increase premiums after a […]

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The Most Commonly Issued Traffic Tickets in Texas

January 13th, 2021 by Tad Nelson in Traffic Offenses

One of the best ways to keep your driving record clean is to know what police officers are keeping an eye out for on the roads. Texting and driving, for instance, is becoming a more serious issue in Texas every year, while failing to wear a seat belt also catches many drivers off guard. Fortunately, […]

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