GOT A TRAFFIC TICKET ?
Pleading guilty to a traffic ticket can mean that, in addition to your expensive fine, you could have points added to your driving record, have your insurance premiums increased, or even have your license suspended.
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Speeding tickets are a pretty common thing in Philadelphia, as a matter of fact they are common nearly everywhere.
At one point or another, for one reason or another, every driver has sped. Intentionally to get where they’re going faster, or inadvertently while coasting down a hill or simply not paying necessary attention to the speedometer. It happens.
It happens even more often in densely populated and highly traveled areas such as Philadelphia.
Speeding tickets in Philadelphia have been a hot issue in the Philadelphia area lately, since several traffic court judges have been indicted on ticket-fixing matter in court. Traffic court judges are coming under scruitiny for accepting bribes, such as a $2,000 Tiffany bracelet in exchange for making some nasty tickets disappear. While former traffic court judges may be in some hot water, that doesn’t mean Philadelphia takes speeding ticket cases any less seriously
Unfortunately, in Philadelphia a simple speeding ticket can have far reaching consequences. In the State of Pennsylvania a speeding ticket automatically comes with two immediate consequences:
1) You’re down and out a chunk of change. Fines are commensurate with the violation and fees and surcharges are added, and they add up fast.
2) One or more points are added to your driving record. Rack up enough points in a specified time frame and you could be staring down the barrel at public transportation. 6 or more points earns you a suspension of your driving privileges in Philadelphia.
In addition to the two automatic consequences, you could see rate spikes in your car insurance premiums.
You might be in luck though, if you’re travelling on Interstates 95, 76 and 676 inside the city limits. Philadelphia police officers are now required to contact the Pennsylvania State Police before initiating a traffic stop on those interstates.
Although, if your luck has run out and you have been saddled with a speeding ticket in Philadelphia you have several options.
The first option is to plead guilty, pay the ticket and incur the points on your record. The second option is to plead not guilty and request a hearing on the matter.
It’s difficult to represent yourself in a speeding ticket hearing because of the difficulty involved in proving you were not speeding. This is a great time to get a traffic court attorney involved by visiting us. Your attorney will have access to more records and documents that will enable them to make an arguable claim on your defense, ultimately sparing your pocketbook and your driver’s license.
The only time we suggest you pay the fine is if you were caught by an automatic camera somewhere in the state. These cameras are in operation in our larger cities such as Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
In most cases, the photograph clearly shows the violation and it is not cost effective to fight it. If you pay the fine, normally $100, you won’t lose points, either.
Please note that there are two possible violations that you may receive for driving while suspended. They are as follows:
This subsection refers to driving a motor vehicle on a highway or traffic-way in Pennsylvania when your license is actually been suspended or reverted and has not been restored.
Please note that this does not relate to any alcohol related charges and a conviction of this subsection will result in an additional one year driver’s license suspension as well as a fine.
This is an extremely serious charge and we would strongly advise you to obtain the services of our office if you have been charged with this section.
Driving Under Suspension – DUI related.
Please note that this is a summary motor vehicle offense that carries a mandatory JAIL SENTENCE. An attorney is mandatory in this matter.
If you were recklessly driving, the state authorities consider you as willfully driving in a manner that could be a danger to property as well as people. The key difference here is that to be proven to be recklessly driving it must be shown that you knew that you were driving dangerously.
The penalties for reckless driving are similar to careless driving and you will gain points (normally 8), suffer a license suspension, pay a fine and possibly go to jail, let alone have your insurance premium increased substantially, too.
There has been a recent habit of law enforcement officers slapping you with a reckless driving ticket at the same time as a speeding ticket, so if this has happened to you then it may be your best option to contact a reckless driving attorney to fight both charges or, at least, the reckless driving charge, which is more serious.
A charge for reckless driving in the state of Pennsylvania can bring about three potential penalties. They are as follows:
Reckless driving is considered as summary offense in Pennsylvania and if such, the fine for the offense will be a minimum of Two hundred dollars. Additional fines are possible if the person was involved in an accident.
75 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 3736 indicates that the driver must have “willful or one time disregard” for others which refers to pedestrians on the street, passengers in the car as well as other motorists.
II. License Suspension
75 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 1532 B delineates the MANDATORY SUSPENSION for those convicted of driving recklessly. The statute requires the convicted operator of any vehicle to receive a SIX MONTH SUSPENSION in addition to any fines stemming from the conviction.
Please note that the driving privileges are suspended immediately once the department receives the certified record of the party’s conviction of said violation.
III. Jail Time
Another potential by-product of a reckless driving conviction is jail time. Please note that the facts and circumstances will determine the potential penalty.
If you are found guilty of a stop sign violation throughout Pennsylvania, you will receive not only a fine but an assessment of three points on your driver’s license.
75 Pa.C.S.A §3323 indicates the duties that the driver must follow when approaching a stop sign.
The relevant part read as follows:
Duties at stop signs.–Except when directed to proceed by a police officer or appropriately attired persons authorized to direct, control or regulate traffic, every driver of a vehicle approaching a stop sign shall stop at a clearly marked stop line or, if no stop line is present, before entering a crosswalk on the near side of the intersection or, if no crosswalk is present, then at the point nearest the intersecting roadway where the driver has a clear view of approaching traffic on the intersecting roadway before entering.
If, after stopping at a crosswalk or clearly marked stop line, a driver does not have a clear view of approaching traffic, the driver shall after yielding the right-of-way to any pedestrian in the crosswalk slowly pull forward from the stopped position to a point where the driver has a clear view of approaching traffic.
The driver shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle in the intersection or approaching on another roadway so closely as to constitute a hazard during the time when the driver is moving across or within the intersection or junction of roadways and enter the intersection when it is safe to do so.
Please note that our traffic attorneys may be able to eliminate the penalties and fines of a stop sign ticket violation and for a free consultation, please contact us.
Currently in Pennsylvania, there are two methods in which a driver maybe issued a ticket for a red light.
The first of these is what you and I would consider the more traditional way where police officer has seen the actual violation and pulled you over. For violations such as this, currently three points are assigned.
There are several technical defenses to these citations and an experience traffic lawyer may well be able to assist you and either outright winning this claim or by discussing the potential faults in the case with the prosecution, negotiate a favorable resolution on your behalf.
Red Light Camera Tickets.
75 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 3116 indicates that automatic red light enforcement systems are available in first class cities such as Philadelphia.
Please note that our office WILL NOT ASSIST IN THE DEFENSE OF THESE MATTERS. The reason why?
Quite frankly, our office is here to help you. We feel as though we would be doing you a disservice by accepting your money when we know that you can pay a ticket for a hundred dollars and no points will result.
Additionally, please note that you would have the opportunity to fight this with the parking authority if you chose to. But due to the lack of point, many people realize that it is simply cost effective to pay the fine. In the overwhelming majority of these photographs it clearly shows the violation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why Hire a Traffic Lawyer ?
if there is anything you can do other than pay the fine?
What happens when you admit you were speeding?
If you pay a speeding ticket, then you are admitting guilty to speeding. That is how the authorities see it and that is how you will be punished.
It doesn’t matter if the whole process seems intimidating and you are just paying up to make your life easier. It might not be so easy as you think.
For a start, you will get unwanted points on your license. How many points you get depends on what they say you were doing over the speed limit.
It can be any thing from a minimum of 2 for up to 6 mph over the limit to 5 if you were caught 26 mph or more over. You may also find that your next insurance premium will go up.
If you are worried about this, then by all means ask your insurance company what is possible if you pay the fine. Speeding violations are considered as moving violations and insurance companies usually raise the premiums substantially if you have one of these on your record.
If you are convicted of speeding in an active work zone, then you will see your license suspended for 15 days, as well as have 5 points on it.
Is it worth fighting a reckless or careless driving citation?
The number of careless and reckless driving citations has gone up in Pennsylvania recently and in many cases the person who has been charged is not guilty of the offense.
If you have been charged with a careless or reckless driving offense anywhere in the state, and you feel that you are not guilty of the charge, you should contact a Pennsylvania traffic lawyer and discuss the circumstances of your case.
In many cases, it is worth fighting the charge. The consequences of a guilty charge are not worth considering if you think you were not!
What is the difference between careless and reckless driving?
Careless driving is classified as any driving which could lead or does lead to somebody getting injured or being killed.
The only trouble is that some law enforcement officers view many apparently harmless situations as being “careless” driving.
These include distractive driving, such as using a mobile device like a cell phone, reading a newspaper or a book.
Even using a GPS could be considered as an act of careless driving, because it takes your eyes off the road.
In many of these situations, it is very hard to be proven guilty of the offense unless you were seen by a police officer. In most cases, it is worth using a traffic lawyer to fight the charge as the penalties are more severe than you might think.