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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Q: My traffic citation has the wrong date on it, says I was stopped in February but the stop actually happened in March

Traffic stop was March 30th the date on the citation says Feb 20th can this be thrown out?

Peter N. Munsing answered on Apr 19, 2019

You can try. What is important is the date recited. If it says on February 20 the Defendant did...... you can plead not guilty. DJ courts aren't big on typos but there's a difference between a 20 and a 30, a february and a March--they might give it to you. Be careful if you win and have to drive... Read more »

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Q: Not given any ticket at stop or paper for court despite a summons with charges for plates and pos. can it be thrown out?

Officer gave a warning for improper plates during the stop but it is listed as a charge on my summons

Cary B. Hall answered on Apr 12, 2019

Likely not - no requirement that you be issued a ticket at the traffic stop. A summons can be sent to you by mail, and that's permissible as long as it's filed with the court within 30 days of the offense.

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Q: What are the chances of getting a charge of Int poss contr substance by per not reg dismissed or reduced?

Being held in prison for traffic tickets and the possession charge. Has a detainer from Berks county for probation violation.

Peter N. Munsing answered on Mar 18, 2019

Depends on the circumstances. Looks like some serious issues, worth getting a consultation from an attorney.

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Q: Pulled over for expired registration,said it would be $140 but didn't receive ticket.Corrected next day.Worth fighting?

We don't have stickers on our plates anymore so they had to have ran his plate while driving. He was not cited for anything else. He didn't receive any paperwork at the time, the officer said it would be $140 when asked. The registration is just short of 30 days expired.

Peter N. Munsing answered on Mar 18, 2019

They can send you the citation so not worth fighting unless you had no notice of registration expiration. You have the registration card which has the expiration date on it.

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Q: Is it illegial to drive through a yellow light

Peter N. Munsing answered on Mar 18, 2019

Depends where you are when it goes yellow. You should stop unless it was not safe to do so. https://www.dot.state.pa.us/Public/DVSPubsForms/BDL/BDL%20Manuals/Manuals/PA%20Drivers%20Manual%20By%20Chapter/English/chapter_2.pdf

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Q: Is there any point for Title 75 Section 3327 Subsection A2, the steer clear rule?

Peter N. Munsing answered on Mar 18, 2019

Yes, to avoid risk to emergency personnel/first responders, who may have to walk around the car, do various things around the car.

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Q: I have an outstanding traffic citation for 1543a.

I went to get my restricted drivers license and there is an indefinite hold placed by PennDOT due to the outstanding ticket. If I simply go to the district magistrate and plead not guilty and receive a court date will the indefinite hold be lifted? I am trying to purchase a car and need the... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing answered on Mar 18, 2019

No, they want to see that you paid the ticket. There's a hold because you didn't pay for an extended period.

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Q: Hi I have got a citation in my mail saying that passing a schoolbus

Hi

I have got a citation in my mail saying that i passed the school bus.

I remember that i passed the bus when yellow lights flashing and the bus was not completely stopped nether the red lights were flashing nor the STOP arm was extended. I got confused whether i will stop in the... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing answered on Mar 18, 2019

Well, assuming your weren't speeding you are supposed to stop if the red lights are flashing and the arm out.

https://www.penndot.gov/PennDOTWay/pages/Article.aspx?post=41

If it was yellow lights looks like you are not guilty. If it was red lights but no arm, looks like you are...
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Q: What are the chances of getting a charge of Int poss contr substance by per not reg dismissed or reduced?

Being held in prison for traffic tickets and the possession charge. Has a detainer from Berks county for probation violation.

Jonathon Luff answered on Mar 5, 2019

it depends but you need to contact a lawyer right away. If you have a detainer you need to hire an experienced lawyer to help you through this.

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Q: I drove the wrong way up a one way street to do fixes on my car and was fined and ticketed. What can I do?

Cary B. Hall answered on Feb 16, 2019

You can plead "not guilty" and then go in and explain your situation to the judge -- maybe he or she will cut you a break.

Best of luck to you.

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