Written by Gregory Monte. Have you ever heard of the community caretaking doctrine? It is an exception to the 4th Amendment protection on unlawful searches and seizures. From what I can tell, it was first identified in the 1973 US Supreme Court Case Cady v. Dombrowski, 413 US 433: “Local police officers, unlike federal officers, frequently … Continue reading Stopped Too Long at a Stop Sign? You Might Just Get Pulled Over.
Written by Gregory Monte. If you want to learn about an interesting way to beat a speeding ticket – even if you actually were speeding – keep reading. This particular strategy will almost always work, but it does depend on one aspect of the circumstances surrounding your ticket. For the strategy to be effective, there must … Continue reading The Motor Vehicle Statute That Trumps Them All.
Written by Gregory Monte. I was inspired to write about this topic because of an interesting 2019 court decision from North Carolina. As you will read further along in this post, a woman was pulled over after a police officer heard someone in her car yell “mother-fucker.” When I started researching the case a bit more … Continue reading Can a Cop Pull You Over for Cursing?
Written by Gregory Monte. Last week I posted two articles about the legality of passing a car using the shoulder of the road: A Ticket for Using the Shoulder to Turn Right? Not in TX (and possibly PA) Using the Shoulder to Pass a Car Turning Left. Is it Legal? When I came across the video shown below, … Continue reading How NOT to Pass on the Right …
Written by Gregory Monte. The Intolerant Traffic Ticket Nazis Traffic Ticket Nazi, noun: An individual who believes that tickets should be issued to all motorists for every minor traffic infraction. 1 mph over the limit? Ticket. Roll through a stop sign when no one is within 200 feet of the intersection? Ticket. Air freshener “obstructing” the … Continue reading Traffic Ticket Nazis And The Tax Law
Written by Gregory Monte. Last week I discussed using the right shoulder to pass another car that is turning left: Using the Shoulder to Pass a Car Turning Left. Is it Legal? Today I want to talk about a related issue – the legality of using the shoulder to turn right at an intersection. Based my research, … Continue reading A Ticket for Using the Shoulder to Turn Right? Not in TX (and possibly PA)
Written by Gregory Monte. This post is a follow up to last week’s discussion about whether a motorist can get a ticket for hanging an air freshener from his rear-view mirror – A Traffic Ticket for Hanging an Air-Freshener Off Your Rear-View Mirror? After reviewing many court decisions, it appears that there is really only one possible … Continue reading Obstructed Windshield Ticket? Police Have the Burden of Proof.