Buffalo, NY asked in Traffic Tickets for New York

Q: Should I fight a speeding ticket if the confidential info section & other info is wrong?

I got pulled over by an unmarked PA State Trooper (the ticket says he was in a marked vehicle). He verbally told me I was going 64 in a 55, then issued me a ticket for 60 in a 55 to "do me a favor" since I otherwise have a clean driving record. In the confidential info section, he tries to claim I was doing 74 in a 55 which is definitely not true. He also has my phone number and other little details incorrect. I was halfway through a road trip and he probably assumes I wouldn't fight it. Is it even worth it? Or should I take the loss and pay the fine even though I know I wasn't going that fast?

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Brian Berkowitz
Brian Berkowitz
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  • Traffic Tickets Lawyer
  • New City, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: Thank you for your question. From the facts listed, it appears that you received a ticket in Pennsylvania and asked your question in an area for New York Speeding and Traffic Ticket Attorneys. With regard to whether or not you should fight the ticket, it would be a good idea to first reach out to an attorney who is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and who is experienced in these matters, as the rules regarding the sufficiency of traffic tickets vary from state to state. Regardless of whether you decide to fight this ticket or not, you should make the decision after speaking with a Pennsylvania attorney.

Toshinori Isoai
Toshinori Isoai
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  • Traffic Tickets Lawyer
  • New City, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: Assuming that you were going at 64 in 55 and the officer put down 60 in 55, then maybe the officer thought he was indeed cutting you a break, since a speeding for less than 5 mph in PA is generally a no point violation. If you have a PA license, 60 in 55 could be a nice treatment.

However, that won't matter if your license is from NY and you only have a regular license. Your license won't probably be affected even if you plead to the PA speeding charge 64 in 55 or 60 in 55. Depending on your life and priorities thereof, you can fight the charge by physically going to a PA court and spending a serious amount of time arguing with the police officer. You have the right to do that. But in our experience, "I was speeding, but not going that fast" will never make a defense in most cases.

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