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Q: Speeding Ticket

I was pulled over for speeding. Ticket was for 89 in a 65, then stated I tried running from him. He was driving on the opposite side of the highway (I was headed north he was headed south) and clocked me from across the median, windows up, while moving. Now, the device said it was handheld and last... Read more »

Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer
answered on Jul 14, 2022

Yes you should plead not guilty and consult with an attorney to discuss your options. At the very least, it might be possible to have the speed lowered to limit or eliminate any points.

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Q: Hi, I got a failed to obey traffic device ticket (section 3111) does that carry any points?
Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer
answered on Jun 26, 2022

If you have a Pennsylvania license, a conviction for 3111(a) will not give you any points. If you have a license from another state, including a CDL from another state, that answer may change and you should consult an attorney.

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Q: My girlfriend was pulled over by a state trooper and issued a citation for out of date registration and at the time she

She couldn't find her registration card but the sticker on the license plate said it was good until 11-22 and we have the registration card now and it says the same thing what should we do

Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer
answered on Jun 21, 2022

She should plead not guilty. A hearing will be scheduled, and if she brings proof of current registration, the trooper may be willing to withdraw the citation. At worst, a violation for expired registration carries only a fine - there are no points or license suspension. That differs however from... Read more »

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Q: A cop pulled me over and told me he would mail me a citation, but never asked me to sign anything.

I’m not sure if this is something I’ve experienced but I was always made to sign something when getting a ticket. (I got one 2 years ago in NJ) Not sure if I will actually be getting a citation or if it was a scare tactic?

Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer
answered on Jun 16, 2022

An officer is permitted to mail you a citation in Pennsylvania. If you do receive one, feel free to reach out to a traffic or criminal defense attorney for a free consultation. There is some odd interactions between the PA and NJ vehicle code when it comes to points transferring from PA to NJ.

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Q: In Pennsylvania, do drivers have to provide their license, registration, & insurance information to police when stopped?

I was just pulled over by the police. I asked the officer to tell me what was the reason for the stop, however, he insisted I give him my ID before he'd tell me what was the reason for the stop. Come to find out, my registration expired ten days ago. As I explained to the officer, it was... Read more »

Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer
answered on Jun 11, 2022

Based on what you've written, I don't think you did anything wrong. Most officers, at least those I've interacted with, will run license plates randomly or really whenever they are driving behind someone. A lot of police cars are also now equipped with automatic license plate... Read more »

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Q: How should I handle a expired registration traffic ticket in PA?

I live in PA (Chester county). I was pulled by a police and got a ticket for expired registration and inspection. (My registration was expired 4 months ago and I forgot to renew, my inspection is also expired for this year). I have a clean record. I will get them renewed asap. Shall I just plea... Read more »

Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer
answered on Jun 5, 2022

You can simply plead guilty and pay the fine - you won't be assessed any points or suspension. However, given you have a clean record, you should plead not guilty and bring proof of inspection and registration to the court. Most officers will withdraw the citations if you prove you've had... Read more »

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Q: Citation for 87 in 55 ( I was going 83) expired inspection and registration. I fixed the expirations. Will I be okay?
Ellis B. Klein
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Ellis B. Klein
answered on Jun 3, 2022

You are facing a license suspension hearing and 5 points at that speed. Plead not guilty on all citations by mail and get a lawyer to help you. Many times we can negotiate the speed down to save your license and save some points. Bring proof you fixed the paperwork to court and alot of times those... Read more »

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Q: What do I do for a mailed citation (1st ticket) and I know I stopped on a sign and yielded but it caused a car accident?

A car hit my car at the front passenger side as I was making a left turn at Route 663 at 3:40am. The road was blind on my right and a car was speeding down. Instead of him having a collision towards me, he swerved to the right and fell on a ditch and hit a tree. His car was wrecked but he was fine... Read more »

Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer
answered on May 1, 2022

You should absolutely plead not guilty. At the very least, it may be possible to have the citation amended to a section that will not add points to your license. Consult a traffic attorney in your area for more information.

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Q: Can Pennsylvania officers mail speeding citations?

Cop pulled me over speeding 60 in a 35 mph zone. I wasn’t doing more than 50 but not really going to argue with him. I was still speeding and agree with that. He said I can fight it in court and the ticket will be mailed to me. It’s the first time I ever heard they can mail the ticket. I though... Read more »

Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer
answered on Apr 21, 2022

Yes it is permissible for the citation to be mailed to you under the circumstances. You should contact an attorney to discuss your options. Many times, we can get the speed reduced on the citation to reduce or eliminate the number of points that are assessed to your license.

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Q: I was pulled over for not moving into the left lane when passing a traffic stop. Should I plead guilty?

I was doing the speed limit then slowed down a bit when passing the stop.

Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer
answered on Apr 17, 2022

Depending on what specific section was cited you might receive points on your license. It would be best to consult with a traffic attorney to get the full details. Most of us provide free consultations. I see your question comes from outside Pennsylvania as well - the answer also depends on what... Read more »

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Q: Can a lawyer respond to the citation on your behalf?10 day response on citation is from case filed date or mail receipt
Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer
answered on Mar 30, 2022

Yes, an attorney can plead not guilty on your behalf. There are some courts that will still require that you post collateral for the citation. If you are interested in hiring an attorney, reach out to one for a free consult to discuss the citation in detail and what your options might be.

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Q: If a police officers says they will get the points lowered if you plead not guilty is a lawyered needed?

This is my first ever traffic violation.

I received 2 citations for driving 113 on the turnpike,careless driving and speeding.

I told him I missed my exit and had to drive an additional hour after already driving for an hour and a half. He sympathized and said he understands the... Read more »

Ellis B. Klein
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Ellis B. Klein
answered on Mar 19, 2022

Here's your problem. At that speed a judge is going to be upset. Really upset. It is ultimately up to the judge even if the cop wants to help you out. If things go wrong you will likely lose your license, get a ton of points and your insurance can go up or they can drop your insurance totally.... Read more »

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Q: I got a citation today for driving with suspended license what comes after a citation? Will I have to go in front of jud

Will there be consequences like jail time or just fines and more probation since I’m already on probation?

Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer
answered on Mar 20, 2022

The answer depends on a few different factors like whether this is the first time or if you've been convicted for driving under suspension before, as well as whether your license was suspended for a DUI. Contact an attorney for a free consultation and we can tell you what the potential... Read more »

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Q: How soon does it take a traffic citation to show up on your driving record?
Ellis B. Klein
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Ellis B. Klein
answered on Mar 4, 2022

Once you are convicted the court sends notice to Penndot and then it appears on your record. It does however depend upon the citation because some moving violations will appear on your record while other non-moving violations will not. If you recently received a ticket you would be well served to... Read more »

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Q: My son, in PA, was mailed a citation for “following too closely” & “reckless driving” and was never pulled over

He is 17, came up behind a driver on a rural road that was stopped. According to him she waved him around her, so he went around her. He wasn’t pulled over, no cop on scene. Next day the town cop came to house to get his info. 2 days later he received the citations in the mail. How can a cop... Read more »

Ellis B. Klein
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Ellis B. Klein
answered on Mar 3, 2022

Plead not guilty and get a lawyer. It is the most serious ticket in PA and carries with it 5 points plus an automatic 6 month license suspension. The police do not have to pull someone over to issue a citation if they believe they have the evidence to prove it.

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Q: Do I plead guilty or not ?

I have a learner's permit, I have an appointment to take my driver's test soon. I was alone in the vehicle when I got pulled over for doing 65 on a 30mph limit. I feel like I messed up by telling the officer I knew I was Speeding. what do I do I'm so confused and scared. I need answers

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Feb 24, 2022

You need to contact a traffic ticket attorney in your area to represent you and mitigate this issue. Additionally, you should proceed with steps to obtaining your full driver's license and if possible, get it before your court date. Good luck.

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Q: Son got 3 court summons for accident he was in he plead not quilty cause he isn’t and has court the 10th. Accident exa

End damage Car un drive able with driver front tire blown apart and ripped

Ended up with 1100000 dollars in damage

My son received 3 summons careless driving amount $154.58, fail to stop and provide info amount $112.00 and fail to notify police amount 112.00

My son saw... Read more »

Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer
answered on Feb 9, 2022

First of all, I'm glad your son seems to be ok from the accident. At court you and your son may have the opportunity to talk with the officer about getting rid of or reducing the number of points that could be assessed to his license. You can always ask the court for a continuance if... Read more »

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Q: PA traffic Citation issued through mail in my name for my 16 yr old daughter.

Hello, My 16 yr old daughter's car is in my name. Today I received a citation in the mail in my name for a $350.00 fine for "obedience to traffic control devices". The fine is doubled because the incident took place in a work zone. The notes indicate "Driver nearly caused a... Read more »

Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer
answered on Feb 4, 2022

Yes, you need to plead not guilty. Really, the citation should be dismissed altogether. The officer then has an opportunity to re-file after learning the correct identity of the driver. In my experience, most officers will not re-file against your daughter, but there's a chance he/she will... Read more »

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Q: Does the "Confidential Information Section" show up anywhere else besides the citation? On record or anything?

I got pulled over for going 86 on a 40 work zone. State trooper gave me a pass for that due to my clean record. He said he'd cite me for not turning hazard lights on when pulled over. In the citation there's a confidential information section, that says i was pulled over for going 86 on a... Read more »

Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer
answered on Jan 20, 2022

The only thing that will be made part of the public record is that you received a citation for violated section 4305 (the hazard lights). The trooper likely wrote 86 in a 40 in other section in the event you were to challenge the citation in court - it would remind him as to why he initially pulled... Read more »

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Q: I was pulled over for expired inspection sticker. The cop wrote the wrong model number

He made the same mistake I did. He saw a 2 and thought 3. I saw a 1 and thought 2. Is this enough to dismiss the ticket? What's the best defense strategy to at least get the fine reduced?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
answered on Jan 13, 2022

No. If the sticker wasn't expired is a defense. The fact the cop missed a couple of numbers won't get you anywhere. Get the car inspected and maybe they'll drop it. In the meantime, don't drive it around without inspection.

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