Traffic Tickets in Pennsylvania Can Be a Financial Burden
Getting a traffic ticket in Pennsylvania is definitely something to be avoided, even if the traffic violation is relatively minor. For example, a traffic citation for a non-criminal offense includes speeding and driving too closely to a vehicle in front of you. All these violations mean fines and adding unwanted points to your driving record. In Pennsylvania, if you have collected six points on your license you are at risk of license suspension. If the penalty involves the withdrawing of driving privileges, you might well be required to pay a large amount of money to get your license reinstated.
A Pennsylvania Traffic Lawyer May be the Best Solution if You Get a Ticket
Not all traffic citations are justified, particularly those that may involve running a red light or speeding, which are frequently detected by a surveillance camera. Cameras are well known for being faulty or working intermittently. If you have received a citation as a result of video footage on a surveillance camera then to ensure that the information that has been recorded is correct you should hire a traffic lawyer to check the details.
Your Insurance Premiums May Increase
Once you have been convicted of a traffic violation, you are now considered a high risk driver so it is most likely your car insurance rates will be increased. No one likes to pay additional insurance, but a Pennsylvania traffic lawyer can take away the risk by helping to get your traffic citation dropped or reduced.
A Traffic Violation Lawyer Can Help You
It might seem expensive to hire a lawyer just for a traffic violation but losing your license can be a serious business. It might mean losing your job if you require your car for work. if you drive a truck using a commercial driver’s license (CDL), you may lose your job too. This could be a life changing situation as your whole livelihood could be at stake. The different options have to be weighed up before pleading guilty to a citation – the too easy option.
Points System for Traffic Violation
The state of Pennsylvania has a points system as a way of distributing penalties that are associated with the different types of traffic violations. For example, a first ticket for going beyond the speed limit by just six to ten mph will end up in the adding on to your driving record two points. Other points are as follows:
- Not stopping at a red light – 3 points
- Not stopping at a railroad crossing – 4 points
- Going beyond the speed limit by 26 – 30 mph – 5 points
No one wants these points added to their license but an experienced Pennsylvania traffic violations attorney frequently gets tickets reduced so that fewer points are in the end added to your driving record. An attorney can also attend the traffic court on your behalf and do any negotiations that will relieve the pressure of your traffic violations. Often if you have multiple traffic violations it is often quite easy to get one of these dismissed through negotiation in the traffic court.
Please note that our office will represent you for all types of traffic tickets with the notable exception of Red Light tickets in our service area. Please note that among the other tickets that we represent clients for are the following:
1.) 75 Pa.C.S.A. 3302: Failure to yield half of roadway to oncoming vehicle
2.) 75 Pa.C.S.A. 3303 to 3307: Improper Passing
3.) 75 Pa.C.S.A. 3310: Following too closely
4.) 75 Pa.C.S.A. 3323(c): Failure to yield at yield sign
5.) 75 Pa.C.S.A. 3332: Illegal U-turns
6.) 75 Pa.C.S.A. 3345(a): Failure to stop for school bus with flashing red lights- Please note that if you are convicted in this ticket, you will receive a 60 day suspension.
7.) 75 Pa.C.S.A. 3361: Driving too fast conditions
8.) 75 Pa.C.S.A. 3365(b): Exceeding special speeding limit in school zone
9.) 75 Pa.C.S.A. 3542(a): Failure to yield to pedestrian in crosswalk
10.) 75 Pa.C.S.A. 3745: Leaving scene of an accident involving property damage only