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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Pennsylvania on
Q: Two part question: pulled over for tint and can a citation change?

I was driving to work the other morning (very early, it was pitch black) and I noticed an officer following me for a few miles. They eventually pulled me over and used a handheld device to check the tint on my back, driver- side window. I have absolutely 0% tint on my windows, so I believe they... Read more »

Ellis B. Klein
Ellis B. Klein answered on Sep 26, 2020

First thing you should do is follow the instructions on the ticket and plead not guilty to both citations because if you are convicted of driving under suspension that will add an automatic one year suspension to what you already have. Second thing you need to do is contact PennDOT immediately and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Pennsylvania on
Q: I got a speeding ticket in Pennsylvania the court said I had the pay the fine on the ticket just to get a trial or

Have a meeting with the judge to say way I couldn’t put up the collateral.. I never heard of this before can they make you pay the fine before you have a trial

Ellis B. Klein
Ellis B. Klein answered on Sep 20, 2020

They make you pay the fine first which acts as collateral for the hearing. In NJ you get a court date right on the citation. In PA you have to either plead guilty or not guilty first. Almost every moving violation in PA transfers to NJ so I would advise you to plead not guilty and then go to court... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Pennsylvania on
Q: My son got a citation for reckless driving supposedly racing and he also got a citation for not having the car

registration in the vehicle, he just paid the fines for both and pleaded guilty, what are the consequences for this?

Ellis B. Klein
Ellis B. Klein answered on Sep 19, 2020

Plead not guilty because there is a 6 month suspension if he gets convicted of reckless driving. Get an experienced lawyer to go to court with him for the best chance it working out. I always recommend to my client to take a defensive driving class to make it look better. Good luck!

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Pennsylvania on
Q: The officer dropped the speed to 70 and said no points would be on my liscense. So should I still pay online?

The officer said I could pay online and I see that being easier, also should I put in the a note stating I paid online with the guilty portion with my signature of pleading guilty?

Ellis B. Klein
Ellis B. Klein answered on Sep 13, 2020

Have a lawyer review the ticket before you do anything

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Pennsylvania on
Q: I got pulled over for speeding, am I able to pay the fine online on a Sunday or does it have to be during the week?
Ellis B. Klein
Ellis B. Klein answered on Sep 13, 2020

Do not pay the fine online as you will be pleading guilty and points may be assigned to your license. If you were guilty of any speed over 6 miles over the limit and you are looking at anywhere from 2 to 5 points. Additionally if it is a high-speed case you could lose your license. Before you pay... Read more »

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Q: My 20 year old son got a speeding ticket while driving my car. He handed over his license as well as the registration.

The citation has my name and icense info on it even though my son was driving - can that be right? Shouldnt his info be on that? Will that affect me?

Ellis B. Klein
Ellis B. Klein answered on Sep 8, 2020

Sounds like the officer made a mistake by putting your name as the driver of the vehicle. If that is the case then there’s a good chance you can get it dismissed. To answer your question yes, you would be the one responsible if the ticket is written in your name so I would suggest pleading not... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Cannabis & Marijuana Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: I have questions about theft and drug cases I'm facing right now

would like to upload documents

Ellis B. Klein
Ellis B. Klein answered on Aug 20, 2020

The best thing to do is call experienced criminal defense attorneys and get a consultation. Most lawyers, including myself, give free consults over the phone, so start calling around! Good luck

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Pennsylvania on
Q: How do I get an officer to drop a ticket?

My son is just 3 days shy of his 18th birthday. He was pulled over for going 38 in a 25. The officer was using a speed trap w lines and a stop watch. My son is very worried his father who has primary physical custody (we share 50/50) legal custody, will find out. He is moving a few months after he... Read more »

Ellis B. Klein
Ellis B. Klein answered on Aug 17, 2020

Hiring an experienced lawyer will help. It’s been my experience that many officer are willing to work with you and reduce the speed so hopefully he does not get any points.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Pennsylvania on
Q: No verbal warning or written/computer generated citation for no headlights?

I was pulled over for only have my autolights active. Office approached the car very cordially and asked for license and registration;my wife and I could not find the registration info. He said not to worry and he would be right back. After several minutes and returning from his car he gave me back... Read more »

Ellis B. Klein
Ellis B. Klein answered on Aug 15, 2020

Sounds like you were cut a break. He has 30 days to file the citation so if you don't hear anything this time next month you should be good to go. If you do get cited, you should speak with an experienced traffic attorney to discuss the ramifications. Good luck!

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Pennsylvania on
Q: Should I go to court for 50 in a 25?

The officer recommended I plea not guilty and got to court and ask for leniency, in hopes I can get the points taken away. Is this the correct plan of action? I’ll most likely have to take a day off to make it to court and am unsure if it’s worth the hassle. Occurred in Allegheny County

Ellis B. Klein
Ellis B. Klein answered on Aug 10, 2020

If you don’t, four points will be assessed to your license. Depending on the judge your lawyer might be able to go to court on your behalf so that you would not have to take a day off of work. An experienced Traffic lawyer would be of great benefit to you. Start calling around as most of us give... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Pennsylvania on
Q: Speeding Ticket in Pennsylvania

I was pulled over for speeding in my neighborhood. The officer said that I was going 45 mph in a 25 mph zone. However, he did cut me a major break and only wrote me up for going 30 mph. I am in Western Pennsylvania & when I got the citation in the mail, the total fine / costs are really... Read more »

Ellis B. Klein
Ellis B. Klein answered on Aug 9, 2020

The fine cannot be reduced as it is based on the speed. It is zero points so just contact the court and ask for a payment plan. Good luck!

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Cannabis & Marijuana Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: I allowed Law Enforcement to forward 1 email from my phone to himself. Can the emails be used against me in court?

Even though I only allowed one email to be forwarded, when he took my phone to put his email in he forwarded himself the whole conversation without my permission and without a warrent. Will that hold up in court. My worry is they will say I allowed all emails to be sent which is not true because... Read more »

Ellis B. Klein
Ellis B. Klein answered on Aug 8, 2020

Yes. Anything can be used against you. Do not speak with police without speaking with a lawyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Cannabis & Marijuana Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: If law enforcement only has proof of purchase of drugs through messages can you be found guilty from that alone?

Law enforcement has never had proof of physical drugs but they have messages that I bought them. Will that alone in court be able to convict me of possession? Messages were only to buy never sell or intent to sell.

Ellis B. Klein
Ellis B. Klein answered on Aug 8, 2020

It depends what you are charged with. If you are charged with possession, possibly no. Of you are charged with attempt or conspiracy, then maybe. Talk to an experienced criminal defense attorney who can examine your case to see of there is a defense. Good luck!

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Pennsylvania on
Q: I recently got a speeding ticket (fine $257) with pointed offense. I was driving at 44mph on 25 speed limit. Please help

Can you please help in taking the points off my record and lowering the fine?

Ellis B. Klein
Ellis B. Klein answered on Jul 27, 2020

You should definitely pleas not guilty as you are looking at 4 points on your license (5 is the most you can get in PA for a ticket). You don’t want to plead guilty because your insurance can increase as a result. Additionally, if you do get points and you get another violation within a year, if... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI and Traffic Tickets for Pennsylvania on
Q: I got a ticket Driving with a Suspended License (DUI ) 1543 B but my license was suspended by 1543A ( Driving

Will the court throw it out because it was inaccurate ?

Ellis B. Klein
Ellis B. Klein answered on Jul 23, 2020

You need to retain a lawyer or at least consult with one. If you are wrong, there is mandatory jail time that ranges from 60 days to 6 months. If your license was ever suspended for DUI and if it was never restored then it is in fact a DUI suspension. The law says it is always going to be DUI... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Pennsylvania on
Q: I was pulled over on the highway doing 90 in a 55 by a cop involved in a speed trap. He determined my speed by using th

E 2 white lines on the road. It was 1045pm. Should I fight this. I'm also on DUI suspension. Right now my suspension is for unpaid fines and cost.

Ellis B. Klein
Ellis B. Klein answered on Jul 21, 2020

You need to go to court. For the driving under suspension charge you are facing ay least 60 days in the county prison of convicted. If you can get your license restored by the time you go to court, there is a better chance that this works out without jail time. Hire an experienced lawyer to... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: I need help with my boyfriend case

My little brother was there during it all he told the cops his side and my boyfriend got arrested because my brother told his if he touch me he would stab him so my boyfriend told him he would shot him they locked his guns up and left them i wasn't strangled i didn't need medical help his... Read more »

Ellis B. Klein
Ellis B. Klein answered on Jul 13, 2020

Stangulation is a felony and he could face substantial jail time if convicted. Get a lawyer asap. If he can't afford one, apply for the Public Defender. If the victim does not want to prosecute, that will help, but that doesnt mean the case automatically goes away. Get a good lawyer and quickly!

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: My friend posted pictures of is his ex gf in without her face in it and was supposed to have a court date for it.

Even though she was the one who sent the photos to him at the time and he was on the wrong for sending them out but they are both minors so what would be the penalty for them and for some reason he hasn’t gotten a call or anything from the policeman that was supposed to call him and it’s been 5... Read more »

Ellis B. Klein
Ellis B. Klein answered on Jul 13, 2020

He needs to get a lawyer immediately because what you described is child pornography which would require him to register as a sex offender.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Pennsylvania on
Q: Do response times for fines include Sundays?

I got a citation for an out of date inspection on Friday July 3rd. I had to wait until the following Saturday (July 11th) to mail the payment because I didn’t get paid until then. The cop said “you have 10 days to respond”. I didn’t get the envelope in the mail until after the pickup time... Read more »

Ellis B. Klein
Ellis B. Klein answered on Jul 11, 2020

Just send back the not guilty plea asap or go to the courthouse and plead not guilty in person. Bring proof of inspection to court and show it to the officer who will hopefully drop the ticket

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for Pennsylvania on
Q: If an officer issues a citation for a crash but did not witness the violation himself and there were no witnesses

can the officer testify in traffic court to the violation he cited for?

Ellis B. Klein
Ellis B. Klein answered on Jul 7, 2020

Yes. He can testify to his opinion how the crash occurred at it is up to the judge to determine if he has proven the case against you beyond a reasonable doubt. You should get a lawyer because chances are you are looking at some points. Another option is to negotiate the ticket with the cop and try... Read more »

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