Philadelphia, PA asked in Traffic Tickets for Pennsylvania

Q: is it legal to get a ticket for driving without a license but not a ticket for the reason you were pulled over?

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A: In Pennsylvania, it is indeed possible to receive a ticket for driving without a license without being cited for the initial reason for the traffic stop. Law enforcement officers have discretion in issuing citations, and it's not uncommon for them to issue a ticket for a more serious violation (like driving without a license) while choosing not to cite for the lesser offense that initially prompted the stop. This could happen for various reasons, including the officer's assessment of the situation, policy of the law enforcement agency, or other mitigating factors. However, this does not imply that the officer's decision can't be challenged.

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