Pennsylvania Traffic Tickets Questions & Answers

Q: What are the chances of getting a charge of Int poss contr substance by per not reg dismissed or reduced?

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI and Traffic Tickets for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Mar 18, 2019
Peter N. Munsing's answer
Depends on the circumstances. Looks like some serious issues, worth getting a consultation from an attorney.

Q: Pulled over for expired registration,said it would be $140 but didn't receive ticket.Corrected next day.Worth fighting?

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Answered on Mar 18, 2019
Peter N. Munsing's answer
They can send you the citation so not worth fighting unless you had no notice of registration expiration. You have the registration card which has the expiration date on it.

Q: Is it illegial to drive through a yellow light

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Answered on Mar 18, 2019
Peter N. Munsing's answer
Depends where you are when it goes yellow. You should stop unless it was not safe to do so. https://www.dot.state.pa.us/Public/DVSPubsForms/BDL/BDL%20Manuals/Manuals/PA%20Drivers%20Manual%20By%20Chapter/English/chapter_2.pdf

Q: Is there any point for Title 75 Section 3327 Subsection A2, the steer clear rule?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Mar 18, 2019
Peter N. Munsing's answer
Yes, to avoid risk to emergency personnel/first responders, who may have to walk around the car, do various things around the car.

Q: I have an outstanding traffic citation for 1543a.

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Answered on Mar 18, 2019
Peter N. Munsing's answer
No, they want to see that you paid the ticket. There's a hold because you didn't pay for an extended period.

Q: Hi I have got a citation in my mail saying that passing a schoolbus

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Mar 18, 2019
Peter N. Munsing's answer
Well, assuming your weren't speeding you are supposed to stop if the red lights are flashing and the arm out.

https://www.penndot.gov/PennDOTWay/pages/Article.aspx?post=41

If it was yellow lights looks like you are not guilty. If it was red lights but no arm, looks like you are not guilty as the statute says ........."AND the side stop signal arm are extended..." https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/LI/consCheck.cfm?txtType=HTM&ttl=75&div=0&chpt=33&sctn=45&subsctn=0...

Q: What are the chances of getting a charge of Int poss contr substance by per not reg dismissed or reduced?

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, DUI / DWI and Traffic Tickets for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Mar 5, 2019
Jonathon Luff's answer
it depends but you need to contact a lawyer right away. If you have a detainer you need to hire an experienced lawyer to help you through this.

Q: I drove the wrong way up a one way street to do fixes on my car and was fined and ticketed. What can I do?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Feb 16, 2019
Cary B. Hall's answer
You can plead "not guilty" and then go in and explain your situation to the judge -- maybe he or she will cut you a break.

Best of luck to you.

Q: i got traffic citation filed(Operat Veh W/O Valid Inspect )and i plead guilty in PA.Is it considering a crime?

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Answered on Feb 13, 2019
Cary B. Hall's answer
It's a summary offense in Pennsylvania. Most usually consider misdemeanor and felony convictions to be "crimes" for purposes of a criminal record, not summary offenses. Yours was simply a traffic offense. If they ask about traffic offenses, then yes - you're guilty of one. If they ask if you've been convicted of any crimes, then no - the vast majority of traffic offenses are not really considered "crimes."

Hope this helps.

Q: If there are points under code section 6108 in PA

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Answered on Feb 13, 2019
Cary B. Hall's answer
No points.

Here's the statute in full from Title 75 ("Vehicles"):

§ 6108 Power of Governor during emergency

(a) General rule.--In the event of a declared National, State or local emergency when the Governor of this Commonwealth has made a specific determination that modification of any of the provisions of this title will aid in the alleviation of the stated emergency conditions, the Governor shall have the power to so modify the provisions on any or all highways in...

Q: I have traffic fines in Pa & got'em beat, but can't make my hearing. Is there a way to continue it to a later date?

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Answered on Feb 12, 2019
Cary B. Hall's answer
Probably yes. Write a letter to the court and explain why you need the date to be rescheduled. You'll probably get it moved if you have a good reason. You can also call the cop in advance to ask if he/she has any objection to rescheduling the court date. If not, you can inform the court that the cop doesn't object, and that will probably get you what you want.

Best of luck to you.

Q: I got a ticket for driving in the left lane state trooper refuse ro give a copy of the ticket.

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Answered on Feb 4, 2019
Peter N. Munsing's answer
You say you got a ticket--that is your copy. If you mean can you use his dash cam not at this time. Suggest you conact an attorney in your county who handles tickets to get their opinion if it's another related issue.

Q: Did I need permission to move out of state with an ongoing traffic court case?

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Answered on Feb 2, 2019
Cary B. Hall's answer
No. Just make sure you update your mailing address and contact information with the court so you receive all correspondence concerning your case.

Best of luck to you.

Q: Is it a misdemeanor to receive three citations (speeding ticket, reckless driving, driving with expired license plate)?

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Answered on Jan 21, 2019
Cary B. Hall's answer
Ugh, that's a hassle. You'll need to go into court in person to straighten things out, and bring proof that you paid all citations.

If the citation that they *didn't* receive payment for is the reckless driving citation, however, you may have caught a lucky break. All citations are summary offenses, but reckless driving also carries with it a six-month suspension of your driver's license. If that citation is marked as unpaid, try to get it knocked down to at least careless driving...

Q: I received a speeding ticket. I pleaded not guilty. I received my court date and the date is listed from a year prior.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Jan 16, 2019
Cary B. Hall's answer
The hearing date, or the date of the traffic offense on the ticket itself? Either way, I believe the court will allow an amendment of the date for clerical error and it *won't* get tossed out.

Q: PA State Trooper gave me a ticket then told me to "plead not guilty". What does this mean?

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Answered on Jan 3, 2019
Cary B. Hall's answer
They could. It could also mean that the trooper will agree to drop it down to a lesser charge -- like a lesser number of miles per hour over the speed limit. That could mean less (or no) points on your driver's license, and/or a lesser fine. I think it's a good idea.

You'll have to send in the entire amount due for *this* ticket, but will get a refund in the mail if the ticket is pitched entirely or if the fines are less. Best of luck to you.

Q: My vehicle registration has been suspended, I can't afford to pay the civil penalty. I also can't be without my car.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Dec 14, 2018
Peter N. Munsing's answer
You can't drive your car under suspension. You can see if the DJ will give you a pay over time option, but the law can be pretty harsh on this. If it's just the car that 's been suspended not your license you can see about borrowing a friends car. May be cheaper in the long run to pay off whatever's causing the suspension.

Q: Pulled over for running a red light in Robinson. Cop never gave ticket and said it's $141. Im from Atlanta. Options?

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Answered on Dec 7, 2018
Cary B. Hall's answer
You'll at least want to try to get the ticket reduced to something that doesn't carry any "points" that might transfer to your GA driver's record (as well as jack up your car insurance premium). The fact that you're in GA and can't readily attend a traffic hearing up here means they pretty much have you over a barrel, alas. If you're planning on being back up in PA for work, however, you could try to schedule a traffic hearing during that time -- and I think the court would work with you on...

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