TRAFFIC

Should I fight the ticket?

POINTS REDUCED OR YOUR MONEY BACK

It is almost always beneficial to plead "not guilty" and go to court. An overwhelming majority of the hundreds of traffic cases that I have handled resulted in a negotiation to a lesser offense which reduced the points assessed to the client's license. Most of my cases result in a zero point offense or a non-moving violation. If you have not already done so, you should follow the directions on the citation and enter a plea of "not guilty" and make a collateral payment. You will then receive a notice of the court hearing in the mail where you will have to appear before the local District Justice.

How will a moving violation affect my insurance?
Depending on the type of the citation, points could be assessed to your license. Your insurance company typically checks your driving record each year that you renew and points could lead to an increase in your premium or perhaps even cancellation of your insurance. Going to court can result in the points being reduced, and if the citation is reduced to zero points, your insurance rates should not increase as a result.

How many points are needed before my license is suspended?
The law says that the first time a driver goes over 6 points, the written test must be retaken and passed. Once passed, points will be decreased to 5. If another ticket is received within the next year, the motorist shall be suspended for a minimum of 15 days.

How long do points stay on my record?
If points are assessed to your license, every year that you go without a ticket 3 points will be subtracted off of your license.

Do I really need a lawyer?
It is always beneficial to have a lawyer go to court and fight for your rights. In order to get the best result in a traffic citation case, your attorney must have a good relationship with the police officer who pulled you over, as the police officer has sole discretion to reduce the points on your ticket. As a former Senior Deputy District Attorney, I have dealt with hundreds of police officers in thousands of court case with whom I continue to maintain an excellent relationship.

POINTS REDUCED OR YOUR MONEY BACK



Over 99% success rate in reducing points on moving violations




Pennsylvania Point System for Moving Violations

Section Number      

        

Offense Name

Points                  

3112(a)(3)(i)or (ii)

Failure to Stop for a Red Light

3

3303

Improper Passing

3

3310

Following Too Closely

3

3322 Failure to Yield to Oncoming Traffic 3
3323(b) Failure to Stop for Stop Sign 3
3323(c) Failure to Yield at Yield Sign 3
3324 Failure to Yield When Entering Intersections 3
3332 Improper Turning 3
3345(a) Failure to Stop for School Bus 5 (+60 day suspension)
3362

Exceeding maximum speed Over limit:

6-10 mph

11-15

16-25

26-30

+31 over

 

2

3

4

5

5 (+license suspension)

3365(b) Speeding in a School Zone 3 (+60 day for 2nd offsense)
3714(a) Careless Driving 3
3736 Reckless Driving 5 (+6 month suspension)
3345 Leaving Scene of Accident Involving Property Damage 4
3367 Illegal Racing on Highways 5 (+6 month suspension)