Getting ticketed for a traffic violation can be mere nuisance or a frustrating and lengthy legal experience. If convicted, the result will be fines and court costs. If the charge is serious, and you have previous convictions on your record, you may be facing a jail sentence. A Pennsylvania traffic lawyer can help you protect your driving privileges.
Whatever the charge, you will penalized by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) with adverse points on your driver’s license. Your insurance premiums are likely to increase and your license could be suspended. For all these reasons, it may be in your best interest to contact a Pennsylvania traffic lawyer who can navigate you through the legal process and minimize the amount of damage done.
Among the more serious traffic charges in Pennsylvania:
Also, if your traffic record justifies, your insurance could be canceled. As a result, the only coverage option is through an SR-22 policy. These rates are quite excessive and coverage is the bare minimum the Commonwealth requires. That could produce a gap between your actual coverage and the total value of any accident or claim that might be filed against the SR-22 policy. You are responsible for paying the difference if you are at fault in an accident.
The following are common violations and their penalties where you may want to consider contacting a Pennsylvania traffic lawyer:
Pennsylvania has a point system that assigns a numeric value against drivers who are licensed in the Commonwealth when they are convicted of a traffic offense. The point values depend on the seriousness of the offense. (PennDOT) keeps a record of the points accumulated by each driver. If you accumulate six or more points, PennDOT will punish you through a mandatory exam that tests your knowledge of safe driving practices, penalties and safety issues. You have 30 days to take and pass the exam. If you fail to take it or do not pass it, your driver’s license is suspended until you do. Some – not all – of these offenses are listed below:
Traffic offenses in Pennsylvania are assigned the following points:
Drivers who accumulate their second six points must appear at a PennDOT hearing for a review of their driving record. PennDOT can order a 15 day license suspension during which time the one charged must take and pass an on-road driver’s test. Failure to appear results in an immediate 60 day license suspension.
If any driving record reaches 11 points or more, the driver’s license can be automatically suspended for up to one year.
If this is your first traffic offense or speeding ticket and you will not receive more than two or three PennDOT points if found guilty, and you’re a safe driver, chances are you can probably manage this charge on your own.
But for serious violations, especially if additional charges are pending in the case of an injury related accident or one that caused property damage, or if PennDOT views you as a habitual traffic offender, you need the guidance and representation of an experienced Pennsylvania traffic lawyer.