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Q: GA Driver, cited for 3362 A2, 60 @55. Notes say 75/55 Approaching and active work zone, 3AM tix. Can I use 3368 C4

Ticket shows 2 different speeds, can I argue that? notes allege "aproaching" work zone, not "In work zone", aren't these defined and/or differentiated?

Ellis B. Klein
Ellis B. Klein answered on Nov 14, 2019

First you need to check with GA DOT to see if out of state tickets transfer as this offense is 3 points plus and automatic suspension for going over 11mph over in a work zone. Get a local traffic lawyer - many judge will let your lawyer go to court for you to try to change the ticket to one with... Read more »

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Q: NJ Driver. Got a stop sign ticket. Should I plea it to a 3111(a) or non-moving violation? Will 3111a be reported to NJ?

NJ and insurance charges 2 pts for all out of state moving violations

Ellis B. Klein
Ellis B. Klein answered on Oct 27, 2019

You should definitely plead not guilty and go to court as any moving violation in Pennsylvania, and even some non-moving violations like 3111 A do transfer as points to New Jersey. Even though 3111a is considered a non-moving violation in Pennsylvania, New Jersey considers this a moving violation... Read more »

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Q: I received a ticket for driving with a cdl permit . will they revoke my cdl privilege
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 22, 2019

you may want to restate this. You were driving with or without a cdl? If it's just that you didn't have it on you, frequently if you give them proof they will drop the charge or give you some alternate charge. However they don't have to do that.

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Q: Need help fighting speeding ticket. Timed by stopwatch and used lines in the road. Accused of going 42 mph in a 25.

Received a speeding ticket for allegedly going 42 mph in a 25 mph zone. Cop "cut me a break" and dropped my speed to a 30 in a 25, still got slapped with a $150 ticket. Brought the ticket home and after discussing the topic with others, I decided I'd take it to court, but I don't know what I'd... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 22, 2019

These are tough to fight and given the difference in speed not sure a Judge wouldn't find that it's beyond the normal margin of error for any speed timing device (4-8 mph). Contact an attorney who handles tickets before that DJ to see what it would cost and chances of winning.

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Q: Can you be cited by mail for something that was recorded vs an officer actually seeing it themselves in PA

Driving down road on motorcycle, get cut off by passerby, words exchanged, I cut back in front of him and break as he was on my tail. Officer comes over explains that the gentleman who ctmut me off recorded whole ordeal without audio and officer says he could cite me for many things but will only... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 22, 2019

The tape is evidence --consider a porch pirate whose actions are caught on camera. Doesn't mean they can't be charged. I'd take the eyewear ticket. Or you can fight a long protracted fight and maybe face a points violation.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Pennsylvania on
Q: I was charged with altered,forged,or documents and plate's did 9 months in bcp now I am being told my lisence is suspend

I took a plea deal and they never mentioned a lisence suspension ever!! Its not in any of my sentencing paperwork and I was never told of it being part of it

Or I never would have taken the plea

Ellis B. Klein
Ellis B. Klein answered on Oct 22, 2019

Yes, there is an automatic suspension under the law for convictions for that offense. The only thing you can do is file a PCRA petition alleging your lawyer did not represent you properly.

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Q: I got a citation for speeding but never received anything through the mail. Who do I call?

I never was given anything by the officer either.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Sep 11, 2019

Not sure how you "got a citation" when you didn't get it by mail or by being handed it. One thing to look at is if your license has your present address. Otherwise the citation likely was mailed to the address on your license because you didn't change the address.

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Q: Should I try to get the points dropped from my speeding ticket?

I received a speeding ticket a few days ago. I was driving 58 mph in a 35 mph and got clocked by a speed trap. I received a ticket carrying 2 points. The officer wrote the ticket for driving 45 mph in a 35 mph and gave 2 points instead of 4 to "save us both a trip to court". He did write in the... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Aug 22, 2019

The cop was trying to cut you a break. If it's a state trooper no way will they drop anything. Even a local obviously felt that if you were doing 23 over that you need to get something more than a no points. A district justice will likely note that the cop was trying to be lenient and decide to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Traffic Tickets and Small Claims for Pennsylvania on
Q: I was wondering if its harassment when I can't step outside my house without my neighbor calling the cops.?

So my neighbor has been causing me problems for some time now, telling the rest of my neighborhood and my small town that I cook meth and I am a drug addict and how I steal from every where, I believe she has gotten me evicted from my apartment although my landlord is trying to say its for non... Read more »

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Aug 14, 2019

You need to report uyour licesne plate stolen and you need to obtain a license plate.

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Q: Actual speed says 75 but in confidential information section states clocked at 87. Officer says he gave break on speed

Should I fight ticket to avoid points since speed varies in different sections of ticket

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jul 29, 2019

You will lose on that point. Either you were doing 75 or over or not. Assuming the officer is half credible, the Court will be impressed he cut you a break. See if you can get it down to a lower amount, but otherwise I'm not seeing any room to manoever.

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Q: Should I contest citation of PA 4903 B: improperly securing a load

I was cited for violating PA 4903 B. I was carrying drywall on my roofrack and the load WAS securely fixed with multiple bungie cords so as not to move or lift. During transport one cord failed (snapped in half, still in my possession) causing the drywall to crack. A piece hit another driver's... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jul 29, 2019

You can contest it especially if you have the package it came with or can get one (not a photo on a phone--that isn't as convincing as the real thing) and that package shows it being used for that. Your argument is that you relied on that as a secure load.

(however look at the package...
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Q: will A 3111(a) violation show on my driving record and if so should I fight to have it dismissed if possible?

Obedience to traffic-control device

A 65-speed limit sign

Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on Jul 10, 2019

Yes, it will "show," but no, you shouldn't fight it. There are no "points" for this particular citation, and that's a good thing. Speeding more than 5 mph over the speed limit? THAT will cause points to be accumulated -- and your insurance company doesn't like that, and will jack up your premium... Read more »

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Q: Can two different counties give you a citation for the same thing, if one had given you 15 days until fixed?

So I have a friend who had gotten a citation in Lancaster county with the pequea township police, for not having his registration and inspection renewed (only like 2-3 days into the new month; and not aware it needed done). They are giving him 15 days to get it all renewed. Is it possible for... Read more »

Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on Jul 10, 2019

Yes.

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI and Traffic Tickets for Pennsylvania on
Q: Why did I get 2 suspensions? Am I still eligible for ILL?

I had a DUI back in December I am in the ARD program and plan to apply for the interlock limited license. Why did I receive 2 license suspensions from the DMV? One of the letters said suspended for 1 year for driving while suspended 1543A. The other is the 2 month ARD program suspension. Does this... Read more »

Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on Jun 21, 2019

Yes, it sounds like you have two suspensions - and PennDOT runs them consecutively, not concurrently (meaning 1 year + 2 months = 14 months suspension for you). Best way to confirm is to get your Restoration Rights Letter online at https://www.dot3e.penndot.gov/driver_services/dllogin.jsp. You... Read more »

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Q: I was pulled over for no traffic infraction. I was pulling into a parking space. I saw lights and immediately started

....looking for my license in my wallet. The officer walked up and his first words to me were “are you Jessica Belber?” I said “yes” and he said “your license is expired”. I was completely shocked and since I hadn’t even handed my license over to the officers yet I looked at my... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 19, 2019

Not sure why he ran your plate, but having done so it would've been nicer if he gave you a warning. Get your renewal, plead not guilty, see what the DJ does with it.

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Q: My son got a ticket immediately after pulling onto a road for not having his headlights on. Can we fight this?

My son just turned 17 and got a used vehicle that does not have day time running lamps. Having learned to drive on a more recent model, he is trying to get used to turning headlights on and off. He was out at night for the first time playing a pick up basketball game at our local community courts.... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 19, 2019

Plead not guilty. He was in the process of putting them on, did not have the intent to drive without them. See what happens.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets and Municipal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Is it illegal to cross a solid double yellow line when passing a vehicle in Pennsylvania

I was cited for PA vehicle code 3305 there was a suv pulling into a parking spot i waited until it was mostly in the spot and i went around the officer was on the opposite side of the road made a u-turn and followed me for like 10 blocks and waited until we got to the county line before pulling me... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 12, 2019

Under those circumstances I'd plead not guilty as you only momentarily were over the line and no oncoming traffic.

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Q: I got pulled over for passing behind school bus at a corner intersection. Is it possible to plea it down?
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 12, 2019

Yes. You must be nice to the officer, see if they'll give you a ticket for a lesser offense. But cops tend to take school bus cases seriously, so don't approach them with a "this is really nothing" attitude.

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI and Traffic Tickets for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can the officer who pulled me waive the jail time for driving while DUI suspension? He assured me?
Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on Jun 4, 2019

Yes and no. The charge of driving while DUI-suspended (1543(b)) caries a mandatory jail time of 60 days -- or 90 days if you're caught driving with any amount of alcohol in your system. The judge can't change that, and the cop can't change that.

The cop, however, has the discretion to...
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Q: Received a citation for going 41 in a 25 MPH zone. Cop said he would cut me a break and cite me for 30 in a 25.

I was the last of four cars in a row pulled over at the same time. I'm not even convinced I was going that fast. He gave me the citation without a total due filled in on line 34. Instructions say to mail in the total amount due written on line 34 in the form of a money order or check. The fine... Read more »

Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on Jun 2, 2019

You can contest it, and it will be your word vs. the cop's word -- and/or whatever method used by the cop to check your vehicle's speed. How lucky do you feel? And do you want to take off half a day from work to go contest the ticket, and then perhaps lose and have to pay additional court costs... Read more »

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