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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 »

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Q: Can a cop in Pa pull you over just because he knows your liciense is suspended, from a previous encounter with you

I was caught driving with a suspended license recently, that's how the cop knew it was suspended. He pulled me over again today, for no other reason then my license was suspended. The car I was driving is not registered in my name, registered owner has a valid liciense. The cop actually said to me... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on May 23, 2019

He knew from personal knowledge your license was suspended. Sounds like he gave you a break. He sees you driving any vehicle, he has cause to at least check you out, I believe. However do consult an attorney who handles tickets because if you got a 2nd driving while suspended your license will be... Read more »

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Q: My son got a ticket. It has my name as the defendant, but his DL Number and birthday. Does this invalidate the ticket?

My name is listed as the vehicle owner and everything else on the ticket is correct.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on May 23, 2019

Depends what the ticket is for. You must respond if it's for a moving violation. Plead not guilty. If your name is his name, too, (i.e. a Jr or similar) he may want to address it himself as a court may not feel its a wrong ticket if they left out the JR

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Q: My traffic citation says I was stopped & observed by an officer but this isn't true. He was called to an accident.

Can I fight the citation?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Apr 30, 2019

You can try but the issue is did you do what the officer says you did. If it's a crash and you were not at fault contact me or a member of the Pa. Assn for Justice--we give free consults.

If you were at fault contact your insurance. It would be useful to plead not guilty ---most DJ's accept...
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Q: My son has an 8 year old violation for driving under suspension. Can he plead guilty, pay the fine and move on?

He had other violations in the same era but they were settled. He now lives in DC and has a good job. He needs a drivers license.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Apr 26, 2019

He needs to start by checking with PennDOT to see what they have on his record. Then he should probably have an attorney who handles traffic cases in the county where there are outstaning items--if there are--work on resolving these.

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Q: citation for registration being expired for 7 days. Officer put the year of the car 93 and my car is a 95.
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Apr 26, 2019

If your registration is expired that's the issue--not whether the year is correct.

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Q: My offense says permitting violation of title- careless driving. What does that mean?
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Apr 26, 2019

It could mean violation of Title 75 Section 3514 Careless driving ; or it could mean you had a problem with your car title for which they are citing you and also careless driving.

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