Pennsylvania Traffic Tickets Questions & Answers

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?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Pennsylvania on
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 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?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Pennsylvania on
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...

Q: Why was a charged with driving on roadways laned for traffic?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Dec 7, 2018
Cary B. Hall's answer
It means you went out of your lane. If you didn't (meaning, you slid on the ice *out* of your travel lane), consider fighting it by asking for a traffic hearing.

Best of luck to you.

Q: My roommate was using my car and got a speeding ticket, which was mailed to him with my name on it. Who do I talk to to

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Dec 4, 2018
Ellis B. Klein's answer
You would need to plead not guilty with the court and then you would get a trial date. If you were not the driver and you name is listed on the citation, that is a potential fatal error on the ticket and the judge can throw it out. You should got to court with a lawyer as your chances of this working out are better than if you represent yourself. If you would like a free consultation, please call me or another lawyer of your choosing. Best of luck

Q: What does a summary offense mean?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Nov 28, 2018
Cary B. Hall's answer
A "summary" offense is just the grading of a crime in Pennsylvania, and there are three: summary offenses, misdemeanors and felonies. The maximum penalty for a summary offense, absent some other penalty specifically provided for by statute, is up to 90 days in jail and/or a $300.00 fine.

Careless driving is a summary offense, and carries 3 points on your license. Try to get it knocked down to something that carries no points. Best of luck to you.

Q: If a person has a 1st time shoplifting charge and is now in pa and in rehab can that person. Be pulled from rehab

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Nov 15, 2018
Cary B. Hall's answer
It's hard to figure out exactly what the underlying circumstances are behind your question. Is the charge from another state, but the defendant now resides in PA (or at least is here temporarily for drug rehab)? I'm going to presume so.

No, I don't think the defendant will be yanked out of rehab for a minor charge in another state. What will likely happen, however, is that the defendant could be found guilty "in absentia" (meaning, without him/her being present in court), or the...

Q: I was issued a warrant for failure to respond to a ticket I never received. Can I fight this

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Nov 1, 2018
Cary B. Hall's answer
First, you should take care of the warrant. Contact the court and explain your situation, that you never got a copy of the ticket, etc. Be polite and respectful, and you may be able to get the arrest warrant withdrawn *without* your personal appearance in the court.

Second, if you were found guilty of the ticket in your absence, then you can appeal that finding within 30 days of the guilty finding. Perhaps, however, there was no adjudication, and an arrest warrant was issued instead?...

Q: Parking tickets in the mail?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Oct 28, 2018
Peter Munsing's answer
You likely have an irritated apartment owner. However usually tickets can only be given if the person writing the ticket was there. They may be sent by mail but may be subject to defense depending on the number of days. It's unusual, so cross that bridge when you come to it.

Q: what happens if a traffic citation is filed in a district different than where the incident occurred?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Oct 9, 2018
Cary B. Hall's answer
If the traffic infraction didn't happen in the magisterial district where the ticket was filed, then that magisterial district court has no jurisdiction to hear the matter -- and you can contest jurisdiction at a court hearing on the ticket.

Best of luck to you.

Q: Can you get a speeding ticket without being pulled over by a PA State Trooper?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Oct 9, 2018
Cary B. Hall's answer
Yes, you could possibly get a speeding citation by mail later, although I think that's unlikely. The number of people in the car, however, shouldn't have any effect on whether that happens, though.

Best of luck to you, and hope you don't get anything in the mail!

Q: speeding ticket in PA.written 70 in 65 zone but remark section said actual speed 84 in 55 zone what does that mean

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Oct 8, 2018
Cary B. Hall's answer
It means the cop cut you a huge break by only citing you for going 5 mph over the speed limit, which means no points on your license. He's making a note to himself (and for the court) in the remark section about what *really* happened, though -- if you try to take the ticket to court to fight it.

I suggest you pay it, and be done with it. Best of luck to you.

Q: speeding ticket in PA.written 70 in 65 zone but remark section said actual speed 84 in 55 zone what does that mean

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Oct 8, 2018
Cary B. Hall's answer
It means the cop cut you a huge break by only citing you for going 5 mph over the speed limit, which means no points on your license. He's making a note to himself (and for the court) in the remark section about what *really* happened, though -- if you try to take the ticket to court to fight it.

I suggest you pay it, and be done with it. Best of luck to you.

Q: I received a ticket in PA. There is no fine amount or a total. Listed are the EMS, surcharge, & JCPC costs. Is it valid?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Oct 1, 2018
Cary B. Hall's answer
Yes. Contact the Magisterial District Court to determine the amount you need to pay.

Q: I got a traffic citation in the mail & never physically was pulled over. Would this stand?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Sep 27, 2018
Cary B. Hall's answer
Yes, it could. You don't have to be pulled over to be issued a traffic citation.

Q: Are tolls unconstitutional 4 amendment 14 th And 10th

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets and Constitutional Law for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Sep 26, 2018
Cary B. Hall's answer
Tolls, like highway tolls? No -- because if they were, you wouldn't still be paying them. Folks come up with all kinds of constitutional arguments against everything under the sun, and almost all of them get shot down by the courts. The ones that don't, you'll hear and know about.

Q: I got a speeding ticket but they put down my mom's name. She plead not guilty n it was withdrawn. Now they are trying to

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Sep 21, 2018
Cary B. Hall's answer
If it's done within 30 days of the alleged infraction, yes. If it's more than 30 days later, then no. FIght it and give it a shot if over 30 days.

Best of luck to you.

Q: I let my 15tr old brother drive to work, I was with him. we got pulled over. the cop let me drive home.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Juvenile Law for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Sep 19, 2018
Cary B. Hall's answer
Not feeling this is a "juvenile court" matter, but much more a driving-without-a-license matter (which is just a fine). Pay it, and move on. Your brother should be OK. The cop was just trying to scare the both of you -- and looks like it worked.

Best of luck to you.

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