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Q: I was pulled over by a PA trooper for leaving the road....what will my citation be in the mail? Will I get one?

He asked me if I was aware how far off the road I was. To my knowledge I wasn't off the road at all. I sneezed a big one though and might have left the road for a second. He took my license and registration, looked briefly at my registration and then went back to his car. Came back and ask me... Read more »

Ellis B. Klein
Ellis B. Klein answered on Jun 19, 2021

Sounds like you will be getting a ticket in the mail. Call a lawyer when you get it and make sure you research whether you will get points.

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Q: Officer told me to just “appeal it” when cited for an expired registration. What did he mean and what should I do?

I was ticketed for “Operating Unregistered Vehicle” as it was expired by a few months and had slipped my mind. I pulled into a gas station 5 minutes after the stop and updated the registration on my phone. He also let it slide that my inspection stickers were expired (very nice guy). He said to... Read more »

Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer answered on Jun 4, 2021

It's likely if you appear in court with proof that the issue has been resolved, the citation will be withdrawn. Best of luck.

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Q: plead guilty to not guilty to diving under a suspended license ?

My license was under suspension due to a DUI. The letter for the court says this could have jail time and must be presented in front of a magistrate.

Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer answered on Jun 4, 2021

You should plead not guilty and mail it back to the court, although the court is going to schedule a hearing date regardless. There is a mandatory period of 60 days in jail for that offense - there may be other options available depending on the county. You should contact an attorney in your area... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for Pennsylvania on
Q: In the state of Pennsylvania, am I allowed to put glow in the dark paint on my car?

This will be a soft glow not nearly as bright as any headlamp or a flashlight even. I've read that in California they do not allow underglow (which is a type of lamp) to be red or blue. I also think if I read correctly that Pennsylvania doesn't allow lamps period, however I have read... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on May 25, 2021

Don't see why not. Ask the police--they're the one's you'll deal with. (You can't take their word as gospel but I didn't find anything saying you couldn't. Note however that many glow in the dark paints do not adhere well to cars.

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Q: If a cop gives me a break, and cites me for careless driving instead of reckless driving, should I go to court?
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on May 25, 2021

Depends on your points, but generally if a cop gives you a break, the judge will tend to look on you as someone who doesn't take a stroke of luck when they get it. It's your right to go to court but the cop won't be happy either. Unless you have a full defense to what you did it is... Read more »

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Q: I received two tickets: 1) for driving on roadways laned for traffic and 2) Careless driving.

However, in the Confidential Info Section, both tickets state "A/M Non-moving citation..." What should I do?

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

Plead not guilty because the careless carries 3 points on your license. Points can lead to increase insurance premiums and possible suspension. Get a lawyer to go to court. Many times the citations can be downgraded or fought. Good luck!

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Q: If I plead or am found guilty, will I get points on my record? It says on the citation that points may be assessed.
Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh answered on May 17, 2021

Depends on what traffic infraction you are accused of violating----not all traffic violations results in points. Usually, it the moving violations and in some instances, violations involving your driver's license and/or insurance sometimes end up resulting in points in some jurisdictions.... Read more »

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Q: Can you receive a ticket for speeding in the mail if a cop gets your plates and followed you but never pulled you over?

Admittedly I was speeding around 25 over briefly to around 15 over to get away from vehicles intentionally preventing me from passing. I then noticed a cop weave in and out of traffic to get behind me and I waited to be pulled over. He then followed me for about a 1/2 mile to a mile without pulling... Read more »

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

Yes, but the officer would have to be able to identify you in court as the driver. If he was behind you the whole time he is going to have some issues. Plead not guilty and get a lawyer as 25 over is 4 points on your license. Good luck

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Q: If I’m in an accident and after we called the police to the scene to report it. I received a ticket for follow to close.

Do I need a lawyer to fight the ticket? Even if the police officer didn’t see me driving

Ellis B. Klein
Ellis B. Klein answered on Apr 30, 2021

It is a 3 point offense that could affect insurance. Also if you do get points and receive another ticket in the next year, the points add on and you could be facing potential suspension if you go over 6 points.

The office can file a ticket on information received but they will need a...
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Q: If I pay the traffic citation fine and I plead guilty, don't I have to go to court? 3304 B improper passing on theright
Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer answered on Apr 25, 2021

If you pay the fine and plead guilty, no you do not have to go to court, but you will receive points on your license. You only have to pay the fine which you can do by mail or online. You should consider talking to an attorney in your area however to see if you might be able to avoid the assessment... Read more »

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Q: Can I be cited for driving wo valid inspection while I am on a 5 day warning from different office 2 days earlier?

Pulled over last Saturday for no valid inspection. I get pulled over by same police station but different officer.vhe gave me a citation and said didn't care what other cop said

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh answered on Apr 14, 2021

Yes, however, before going to court, I would obtain a valid inspection sticker and advise the prosecution of the circumstances---you may get sympathy from the prosecuction.

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Q: I just got a speeding ticket from a local authority in PA this morning. The tickets says I was caught by hand held radar

The car was unmarked. There are no signs saying radar speed monitoring was in use. Is this legal?

Ellis B. Klein
Ellis B. Klein answered on Apr 9, 2021

Just for your information points do not transfer to New York, however the offense does and will appear on your driving record so it is worth it to go to court. You should enter a plea of not guilty and mail in the section of the ticket where you sign not guilty along with the fine and you will get... Read more »

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Q: Can a Pennsylvania State Trooper run someone's plates and pull them over for no registration?

My husband was pulled over strictly for no registration. This was a complete oversight on my part. I thought I had paid it, but I can't find any proof I did. I didn't think they could randomly run someone's plates without reason? I've obviously paid it and got it up to date... Read more »

Ellis B. Klein
Ellis B. Klein answered on Apr 2, 2021

Yes that is common. Plead not guilty, go to court and show the trooper you got it fixed. Many times they will drop the ticket if you show proof. Good luck

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Q: I received a "Failure to respond to a citation" letter in the mail today. But was never pulled over or given citation

I called the number listed on the form to confirm and the woman on the other side said that the officer listed the citation as given to me, however I was never even pulled over or anything of the sort. I really don't know anything about this citation at all. I plead not guilty and am awaiting... Read more »

Ellis B. Klein
Ellis B. Klein answered on Apr 1, 2021

You didn't says what the citation was for. You should consider getting a lawyer especially if the citation carries points with it.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can a lawyer beat sec 3305
Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer answered on Mar 27, 2021

If you received a citation for that section, you should consider contacting an attorney to discuss your case more in depth. That particular section carries 3 points. Most of us on here will provide free consultations, you just need to reach out.

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Q: I got pulled over for running a stop sign but officer didn't give me anything orsign can I get a citation?

He just had my driver's licenses nothing else I live in pa

Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer answered on Mar 27, 2021

It's possible you could receive a citation in the mail. It just has to be filed with the court within 30 days of being stopped. If you do receive one, you should consider reaching out to an attorney to discuss your options. You can also check to see if anything has been filed here:... Read more »

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Q: i got pulled over for not stopping at a stop sign but the officer didnt write total amount due.
Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer answered on Mar 8, 2021

If you were to plead guilty, the court will assess the fine and send you an Order Imposing Sentence with the total amount due. You will also be assessed points on your driver's license depending on the section you were cited with. You should consider contacting a traffic or criminal defense... Read more »

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Q: Can one get pulled over for not using their turn signals
Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer answered on Mar 7, 2021

Yes, that is a violation of the vehicle code and grounds for a stop.

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Q: If I lose at trial for a $218 speeding ticket will o have to pay more

The officer said my exact speed was 86 in a 65 but didn’t use a radar gun and gave me a $218 ticket. I know I wasn’t going that fast and the device he used has been proven to be wrong and it is my first offense and only timed me for 2.45 seconds and put me as a maximum speeding ticket and I’m... Read more »

Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer answered on Mar 7, 2021

No, you will not have to pay more if you lose. However, you should consider contacting a criminal defense or traffic attorney to get a free case consultation. Even if you can't beat the citation outright, it's possible an attorney can negotiate with the officer to reduce the speed to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Pennsylvania on
Q: If I lose at trial for a $218 speeding ticket will o have to pay more

The officer said my exact speed was 86 in a 65 but didn’t use a radar gun and gave me a $218 ticket. I know I wasn’t going that fast and the device he used has been proven to be wrong and it is my first offense and only timed me for 2.45 seconds and put me as a maximum speeding ticket and I’m... Read more »

Ellis B. Klein
Ellis B. Klein answered on Mar 7, 2021

Did you get the ticket in PA or NJ? If it is PA you will have to attend a license suspension hearing with Penndot for excessive speeds to determine if they will be suspending your license. Additionally, it is a 5 point offense and 5 points is the most you can get for a ticket in PA. You should... Read more »

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