Monday, October 13, 2014

Traffic Ticket / Traffic Infraction / UTC / Uniform Traffic Citation / Speedy Trial / Red Light / Ran Red Light / AVVO / Michael A. Haber, Esq. **ARRESTED / **305DUI

Q:    Is there a time limit on traffic infraction cases in the same spirit of right to speedy trial for criminal cases?  I got a red light ticket about 8-9 moths ago and just now getting a court date. Is there a procedural violation you could argue because they keep stringing this along?


Michael Adam Haber


Contributor Level 20
Answered Yes. 180 days from the date of issuance.

If it was a red light camera ticket then it'll be 180 days from the date that it became a UTC (uniform traffic citation), NOT the date that you ran the light (and that could be 30-90 days additional).

Check the date that the UTC was issued as that controls.

If 180 days passed - and no delay / continuance was attributable to you - then the Court has no jurisdiction and must dismiss. (Unlike criminal cases there is no "window of recapture... after day 180 you're entitled to a dismissal.)

I hope that I have been helpful in answering your question.
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