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Old 03-09-2012, 10:19 PM
 
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PLEASE tell me which jurisdiction that was in....

Soviet, you may be interest to know, if you dont already and just used the wrong term...but the State of Texas grants every Peace Officer his power. All Peace Officer in Texas have jurisdiction anywhere in the State, 24/7


To say "what Jurisdiction?" would imply the authority of a court, not Peace Officers. Courts are limited in a geographic sense (which is what Jurisdiction really means). Courts in Texas have (sometimes many) overlapping Jurisdictions.

So what you want to know is what "AGENCY" did it....?
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Old 03-10-2012, 01:49 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, Texas
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Soviet, you may be interest to know, if you dont already and just used the wrong term...but the State of Texas grants every Peace Officer his power. All Peace Officer in Texas have jurisdiction anywhere in the State, 24/7


To say "what Jurisdiction?" would imply the authority of a court, not Peace Officers. Courts are limited in a geographic sense (which is what Jurisdiction really means). Courts in Texas have (sometimes many) overlapping Jurisdictions.

So what you want to know is what "AGENCY" did it....?
I suppose you are correct.
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Old 05-23-2014, 12:39 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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I was given an expired inspection ticket in Arcola, TX. We were driving back from camping and we decided to drive home locally. We saw a police patrol across the road but we just thought he was looking for people speeding. When we passed him, suddenly his car turned around and he signaled for us to stop. We complied not knowing what really happened. He said our vehicle inspection sticker had expired. We apologized and said we will have that fixed immediately. Regardless he wrote us a ticket. We decided to have the vehicle inspected the same day (less than 30 minutes after we received the ticket).

When we drove to the Arcola municipal court a day later, we were told that they cannot waive the ticket because it was more than 60 days and we would need to go to an arraignment a month later. The Arcola attendant said usually the prosecutor would be lenient on people who had their vehicles inspected within a week.

When we returned a month later, we sat in a large room filled with people who had various traffic violations. Strangely, the officer that issued us the ticket was there providing security. The prosecutor asked each individual how they plead. We responded "Not Guilty, Documentation". She than began to review each individual case by case. When she finally called us, we came up and showed her the citation and the inspection. She laughed and said she was surprised how fast we got the vehicle inspected. She said she was going to waive the ticket and we were so happy.

However, things started going downhill from there. When we went to pay the $20 court fee, the cashier questioned why we were dismissed. We responded that the prosecutor let us go. She refused to believe we got waived and went back to the prosecutor. When the cashier returned she said that the prosecutor made a mistake and that we would have to pay $150 (originally the ticket was $168). We were dumbfounded and asked why she changed the ticket status. She said that the inspection sticker was beyond 60 days so we had to pay the higher amount. When we mentioned that the Texas Transportation Code 548.605 states "c) Notwithstanding Subsection (b)(1)(B), the court may dismiss a charge of driving with an expired inspection certificate that has been expired for more than 60 days.", she said we only had two options, pay $168 or pay $150.

We decided to talk with the prosecutor again. She looked sympathetic and flustered and apologized saying that there was nothing she can do other than reduce it to $130. We felt like we had no choice so we paid that amount.

I am still in shock how the cashier had the power to overturn a prosecutor's decision. I do not think she was qualified. Also how everything was handled was very unprofessional. The cashier kept on laughing and gossiping about the people who were paying the fines. I do not think it is good to laugh at the misfortune of others.
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Old 05-27-2014, 11:58 PM
 
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you are responding to a 4 year old thread bro...
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Old 05-28-2014, 05:14 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, Texas
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Nothing wrong with that, KM1174. We need to be vocal about the gross injustices occurring in our communities. Crass behavior: laughing at others' misfortunes. Pathetic!
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Old 05-28-2014, 11:43 PM
 
Location: San Antonio Texas
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I was given an expired inspection ticket in Arcola, TX. We were driving back from camping and we decided to drive home locally. We saw a police patrol across the road but we just thought he was looking for people speeding. When we passed him, suddenly his car turned around and he signaled for us to stop. We complied not knowing what really happened. He said our vehicle inspection sticker had expired. We apologized and said we will have that fixed immediately. Regardless he wrote us a ticket. We decided to have the vehicle inspected the same day (less than 30 minutes after we received the ticket).

When we drove to the Arcola municipal court a day later, we were told that they cannot waive the ticket because it was more than 60 days and we would need to go to an arraignment a month later. The Arcola attendant said usually the prosecutor would be lenient on people who had their vehicles inspected within a week.

When we returned a month later, we sat in a large room filled with people who had various traffic violations. Strangely, the officer that issued us the ticket was there providing security. The prosecutor asked each individual how they plead. We responded "Not Guilty, Documentation". She than began to review each individual case by case. When she finally called us, we came up and showed her the citation and the inspection. She laughed and said she was surprised how fast we got the vehicle inspected. She said she was going to waive the ticket and we were so happy.

However, things started going downhill from there. When we went to pay the $20 court fee, the cashier questioned why we were dismissed. We responded that the prosecutor let us go. She refused to believe we got waived and went back to the prosecutor. When the cashier returned she said that the prosecutor made a mistake and that we would have to pay $150 (originally the ticket was $168). We were dumbfounded and asked why she changed the ticket status. She said that the inspection sticker was beyond 60 days so we had to pay the higher amount. When we mentioned that the Texas Transportation Code 548.605 states "c) Notwithstanding Subsection (b)(1)(B), the court may dismiss a charge of driving with an expired inspection certificate that has been expired for more than 60 days.", she said we only had two options, pay $168 or pay $150.

We decided to talk with the prosecutor again. She looked sympathetic and flustered and apologized saying that there was nothing she can do other than reduce it to $130. We felt like we had no choice so we paid that amount.

I am still in shock how the cashier had the power to overturn a prosecutor's decision. I do not think she was qualified. Also how everything was handled was very unprofessional. The cashier kept on laughing and gossiping about the people who were paying the fines. I do not think it is good to laugh at the misfortune of others.
That's the way they are in those small Texas towns. I'm sorry for your misfortune. It's always a good idea to stick to the Interstates if you can. Smaller towns are just out to get you.
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Old 05-28-2014, 11:55 PM
 
Location: San Antonio Texas
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No, when you were cited the car was being operated on public roads with an expired inspection. Either pay the fine or go to court and see if you can get it reduced, but the fact that the vehicle was later totaled has no bearing on the violation...

By the way, it's amusing that people will forgo a $14.50 inspection that takes 10-15 minutes to risk a ticket that will cost at least $20 (if not considerably more) and a day's wages lost while you sit in court...
It's not the $14.50 fee that kept me from doing it. It's the long line to wait to get the inspection. As another poster said, there is a really convenient place near huebner & bandera that has varying line lengths depending when you go. since human nature always wants to "get the extra month", it is normally crowded in the first week of a month. It's better to go at other times. I used my oil change guy this last time, since I trust him to not rip me off and he charges the normal inspection fee. It really is just another way for the State to make $$, imo.
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Old 05-29-2014, 10:20 AM
 
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It's not the $14.50 fee that kept me from doing it. It's the long line to wait to get the inspection. As another poster said, there is a really convenient place near huebner & bandera that has varying line lengths depending when you go. since human nature always wants to "get the extra month", it is normally crowded in the first week of a month. It's better to go at other times. I used my oil change guy this last time, since I trust him to not rip me off and he charges the normal inspection fee. It really is just another way for the State to make $$, imo.
uhm yeah, blaming long lines is just a mark of laziness. there are several places that do inspections. if you re going somewhere because they are lax on what they inspect, fix your damn beater, stop polluting and get your frickin tags.

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Nothing wrong with that, KM1174. We need to be vocal about the gross injustices occurring in our communities. Crass behavior: laughing at others' misfortunes. Pathetic!
nothing wrong with it, but im sorry im gonna laugh at you when you try to get out of a ticket that would have cost 14.50 to remedy.
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Old 06-25-2014, 04:19 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Come next March, Texas will no longer require an auto inspection sticker. Instead a single sticker will show proof of both vehicle registration and inspection. I think this is a better system it will remind drivers to get their vehicles inspected before they register.
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Old 06-25-2014, 09:25 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, Texas
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Come next March, Texas will no longer require an auto inspection sticker. Instead a single sticker will show proof of both vehicle registration and inspection. I think this is a better system it will remind drivers to get their vehicles inspected before they register.
Saving the state millions of $$$...we still have to pay and jump their hoops,..
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