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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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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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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Texas Bans Use of Red Light Cameras

June 10th, 2019 by Tad Nelson in Traffic Offenses

Many Texas residents’ first experience in dealing with a traffic violation came as the result of a red-light camera. These devices automatically capture images of people who allegedly speed through red lights. But over the years, the use of these devices have raised serious ethical and constitutional concerns. In response to this growing opposition, the […]

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Understanding How Speed Limits Work in Houston

May 10th, 2019 by Tad Nelson in Traffic Offenses

A speeding ticket is perhaps the most common traffic violation committed by Houston-area residents. And if you have just received your first ticket, you may be shocked by the amount of the fine. You may also be unaware of your legal rights to challenge the ticket in court. So here is a brief overview of […]

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How Backing Out of a Driveway Can Lead to More Serious Criminal Charges

April 8th, 2019 by Tad Nelson in Traffic Offenses

A simple traffic violation is often the first step towards a police officer arresting someone for a more serious crime, such as drug possession or DWI. That is why all Houston-area motorists need to be aware of the rules of the road. Even a seemingly innocent act may technically violate the Texas Transportation Code–and in […]

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When Can You Receive a Traffic Ticket for “Failure to Yield”?

October 15th, 2018 by Tad Nelson in Traffic Offenses

One of the most common traffic violations that get drivers ticketed in the Houston area is failure to yield the right-of-way. All drivers need to be aware of the basic rules of the road when it comes to right-of-way. And if a police officer observes you failing to yield when required, you may be facing […]

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