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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 »

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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 »

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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!

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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

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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 »

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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.

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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!

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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 »

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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!

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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 »

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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 »

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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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Q: I got a speeding ticket in PA by a state trooper who said I was going 51 in a 35. The trooper didn't give a break

I work in the medical field and was in my scrubs. When she handed me the ticket she said sorry she couldn't do anything for me but she suggested that I should plead not guilty. I did that but I'm just curious why she would do that and do you think I will get the points removed? I also... Read more »

Ellis B. Klein
Ellis B. Klein answered on Jun 29, 2020

That is always a good sign. It means the cop is willing to perhaps reduce the speed so that the points hopefully go down. Also, if you hire a lawyer to assist you, the lawyer may be able to go to court for you so that you may not have to appear.

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Q: Can I plead guilty and pay a fine but fight the points beinf placed on license?

Was coming thru intersection, saw a cop on left side of road, turned my head and looked at them and bumped into the car infront of me. No one hurt, minor fender bender, cop witnessed whole thing and wrote ticket for careless driving. Yes I took my eyes off of road. I paid the fine but they gave me... Read more »

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

Once you plead guilty the points are assigned to your license. However, you have 30 days from when you pled to file an appeal in the county court. You will then get a court date and you can try again. An experienced attorney would be of great help to go to court.

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Q: Stopped and given ticket for vehicle code sec 3362 sub sec A(3)

Recently got stopped going 42.187 in a 25. State trooper dropped it to 30 in a 25 and told me there would be no points and no effect on my insurance and that he was doing me a favor? Researched the vehicle code and I am confused. Is A(3): failure to yield to blind pedestrian? If that was the case,... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 5, 2020

Read the ticket again. One place you say they charged you with 30 in a 25 zone. You then say you were charged with failure to yield to a blind pedestrian.

If in fact it was speeding, the cop was trying to cut you a break by giving you a non-point violation. But you don't get to quash...
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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for Pennsylvania on
Q: I was invol.in an accident no other parties besides me.I got a ticket in mail section 3309 sub sec 1.

I called the officer next day to responsible and never got a call back. I didn't want to keep calling. Im completely blind sighted by this. I thought I saw someone coming and to avoid other party I went into an abandoned house's yard. Which damaged my vehicle. Please give me guidance.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 5, 2020

If you saw another driver IN YOUR LANE then you took appropriate action in an emergency situation. If you have collision, it should cover your car damage and any damage to the house's yard. You have a duty to avoid an iminent crash, and can plead not guilty if they were in your lane.

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Q: Only me no one else involved and I got tick. 3309.sub sec.1 should I fight it? Got crash report before tick.?
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 5, 2020

That says you should stay in your lane of travel. If you hit someone in another lane without any reason then likely you should just pay the fine. If you went off the road for a reason, that may be different.

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