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Q: Does the "Confidential Information Section" show up anywhere else besides the citation? On record or anything?

I got pulled over for going 86 on a 40 work zone. State trooper gave me a pass for that due to my clean record. He said he'd cite me for not turning hazard lights on when pulled over. In the citation there's a confidential information section, that says i was pulled over for going 86 on a... Read more »

Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer answered on Jan 20, 2022

The only thing that will be made part of the public record is that you received a citation for violated section 4305 (the hazard lights). The trooper likely wrote 86 in a 40 in other section in the event you were to challenge the citation in court - it would remind him as to why he initially pulled... Read more »

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Q: Name not listed correctly on speeding ticket Is this grounds for dismisal?

This was a speeding ticket going 80 in a 55, which was reduced to a 61 in a 55 by the officer when I was stopped

When I was handed the ticket though, in the first name and middle name, only my initials were listed. Is it grounds for dismissal?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jan 13, 2022

No. He handed it to you. You took it. Also, as he gave you a break, the District Justice will be frosty if you try a technical. He gave you a points break. A judge will think you are being greedy.

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Q: I have a 10 day traffic Violation and the 10 day is Monday is the anyway I could a Continuance
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jan 13, 2022

Hard to tell. If you have a defense and a good reason for a continuance, yes. If you don't have a good reason and want to put it off no.

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Q: I was pulled over for expired inspection sticker. The cop wrote the wrong model number

He made the same mistake I did. He saw a 2 and thought 3. I saw a 1 and thought 2. Is this enough to dismiss the ticket? What's the best defense strategy to at least get the fine reduced?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jan 13, 2022

No. If the sticker wasn't expired is a defense. The fact the cop missed a couple of numbers won't get you anywhere. Get the car inspected and maybe they'll drop it. In the meantime, don't drive it around without inspection.

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Q: Can a ticket be dismissed if the officer wrote down the wrong location of the so called violation?

I was pulled over and given a ticket by an officer for not stopping at a stop sign. He claimed that I had rolled through a stop sign. Then proceeded to tell me which street I had not stopped on. The issue is the street he stated was not where the incident had happened. He stated it and also wrote... Read more »

Ellis B. Klein
Ellis B. Klein answered on Dec 16, 2021

Yes, that would be a fatal error unless the judge allows the officer to amend the citation when you go to court. Get a lawyer because you will have a better result especially if you have to fight this issue. It is points on your license and you don’t want your insurance to be affected. Good luck

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Q: I plead guilty to traffic summons MDJC via mail 10 days ago and want to change to not guilty, can I ?
Ellis B. Klein
Ellis B. Klein answered on Nov 27, 2021

You cannot withdraw your guilty plea but you have 30 days from when he fully with need to file an appeal in the county court. You will then get a new court date. Get a lawyer to represent you so hopefully you can get your points reduced. You will get a letter from PennDOT shortly that imposes... Read more »

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Q: Cited for going 66 in 40 mph zone. Should I sign up for Traffic School to reduce points on driver record?

Officer told me I could ask for speed to be reduced at Magistrate. Should I sign up for traffic school, pay fine and plead for mercy to reduce points?

Ellis B. Klein
Ellis B. Klein answered on Nov 21, 2021

It depends on the judge whether you should go to traffic school or not. Your speed is a five point major violation but it is not too terribly fast so that’s why I believe traffic school is optional. It is definitely worth it to go to court to try to get the points reduced and also, many judges... Read more »

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Q: Ticket was clocked speed 81 in 55 zone. Mistake I noticed was wrote car as charger when I drive a challenger.

Can I fight this since wrong model car.

Ellis B. Klein
Ellis B. Klein answered on Nov 6, 2021

Possibly. Was the color correct? Was the license plate correct. Get a lawyer to help you. If it cant be fought then perhaps you can get a reduction of points so your insurance doesnt find out. Good luck!

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Q: Does an officer have to give you a ticket on the spot?

I was pulled over for running a stop sign. I know I stopped and my passenger confirmed this as well. The officer did not ask me to sign anything or give me a ticket. Instead he said I would get a citation in the mail. I have asked around and no one locally (it was a local officer) has heard of... Read more »

Ellis B. Klein
Ellis B. Klein answered on Oct 29, 2021

It is not uncommon but the citation must be filed within 30 days. It is a 3 point offense on your record so it is worth it to plead not guilty. Many judges will let your lawyer go to court for you so you may not even have to attend the court hearing to get your points reduced. Good luck!

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Q: Does a ticket for failure to put on hazard lights when being pulled over on a highway come with points? It's 75 4305(a)

I was pulled over for speeding. I was trying to speed up to pass and change lanes because the car behind me was driving way to close to my tail. Officer pulled me over. Didn't end up giving me a speeding ticket when I explained it but did give me a ticket for not putting on my flashers when he... Read more »

Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer answered on Oct 26, 2021

I can for certain that if you have a Pennsylvania license, you will not receive any points for that section. That may vary if you have an out of state license, but I have never seen that section result in points even for an out of state license. Best wishes.

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Q: Is there any way to expunge code 3714(a) from MVR?
Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer answered on Oct 26, 2021

Unfortunately, no. Expungement applies only to criminal records. Your driving record is not considered a criminal record. Wish I had a better answer for you. Best wishes.

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Q: Two identical traffic tickets filed at separate DJ offices on separate dates. Statute of Limitation apply?

I received a traffic ticket for unsafe lane change in May. The same ticket from another DJ office in August. Docket on both the 1st dismissed on 8/6 & 2nd one was filed. Officer did not file the original ticket at the correct DJ office. Can I claim statue of limitation since the 2nd ticket was... Read more »

Ellis B. Klein
Ellis B. Klein answered on Oct 16, 2021

There is a 30 day statute of limitations for traffic tickets. Get a lawyer to go to court to fight it. Good luck!

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Q: In pa i was pulled over backing out of my driveway on to a one-way Street I didn't even make it a foot off my sidewalk

And they were on me. I have lived here for 5 years and I've never seen any cops. Pull anybody over for anything.

I never heard anyone anywhere getting pulled over for this is this a reason to get pulled over????

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 14, 2021

Plead not guilty. You weren't driving on the roadway--you were manoevering your vehicle.

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Q: Does a written warning show up on your driving record in PA If the warning is in MD? Also can my company find out?

I received a written warning in a company car. I live in PA and the written warning is in MD. Will the written warning show up on my driving record? If not, is there any way my company could find out about the written warning? I am also unsure of when anything would show up on a driving record. Any... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 14, 2021

Ask AAA. It would be unlikely.

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Q: Can I request evidence for traffic violations if I was ticketed through the mail but never stopped?

I was ticketed through the mail in March of 2020, I contested it, received an initial court date in January of 2021. The DJ stated that she would need the officer who actually ticketed me on resubmitted my court date, telling me it would be a few weeks. My court is set for Nov 30th and I am... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 14, 2021

Yes, but do you have reason to believe it was someone else?

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Q: Can a police officer file the same exact citation twice with two different DJ's almost three months apart?

I was cited "failed to drive within a single lane and or movement from lane was not made safely" by a state trooper. I plead not guilty to that citation in July. Today I receive notice that my license will be suspended tomorrow due to failing to respond to the same citation and lists the... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 14, 2021

Get all the paperwork in the docket for #1 & #2. Make copies and keep the originals.

If service of the complaint for #1 is identical, then it is an error. If he refiled for some reason and that was served on you then the issue is one of non response.

Not sure why your license...
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Q: Received a fine for a Hit & Run. After court they turned it into a traffic control violation. What do I do?

I struck a vehicle making a sharp left turn. I exchanged information with the driver and I continued as normal. Months later I receive a citation in the mail for a hit & run. I have proof that it wasn't a hit and run. Pictures, the drivers info etc. I went to court over this and the Judge... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Sep 28, 2021

He felt he was doing you a favor as hit and run is at least a misdemeanor, and can be a felony. It's very serious.

You have to look at the section. If it's a stop sign violation those are no points for the first offense. If it was a control signal, that is points but it's not...
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Q: I was never made aware I had to restore my license after a suspension and I was stopped… What should I do?

I was recently pulled over in Pennsylvania for a registration that expired in August. Upon being stopped, the officer informed me that my license is coming back as suspended. I served a 30 day license suspension from June to July 17th, however was never made aware that I have to restore my license.... Read more »

Ellis B. Klein
Ellis B. Klein answered on Sep 14, 2021

You need to speak with an experienced traffic attorney. If a judge sees that your license was suspended at the time you were pulled over then you will most likely be found guilty and lose your license for an entire year. Hiring an attorney would be a wise choice

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Q: I live in PA and got a ticket for expired registration. Is there anything I can do besides just plea guilty and pay?

Received a ticket for expired registration. Expired 12/2020 and I forgot to renew. The police was sitting by a stop sign and running plates. This is my first offense and I have a clean driving record. Is there anything I can do or do I just need to plead guilty and pay the fine(s)?

I was... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Aug 19, 2021

As it is a no points, I would suggest you get your registration done and plead guilty if the fine isn't too steep.

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Q: I got pulled over for doing 84 in a 55 he gave me a break and fined me for failure to obey road signs so i wouldn’t get

points and told me if i fight it, the judge will most likely take it off for me but in a box on the citation saying confidential information it says my speed, will the judge be able to see that?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Aug 3, 2021

Frankly, if there are no points you are better off paying it. Judges tend not to favor those who already got a break, and if you were doing almost 30 over or even 20 over they will consider it a monster break.

I'm not sure how you would fight it without the judge knowing that it was...
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