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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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Q: Should I fight a ticket for no point with being change from 81 to 5 over the speed limit?

I am from NJ.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jul 16, 2021

If its no points why?

The officer is cutting you a break, and yes, it costs money but that beats points.

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Q: Should I fight a ticket that has wrong info on it? Is it worth it?

I had to get the ticket in the mail because "their system was down" when I got pulled over. The ticket is only for 5mph over the limit although he said he got my speed at 81mph in a 65 zone and was doing me a favor. He also could have said something that my inspection was a few days out... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jul 16, 2021

Small things like the color of the car won't get you off the hook. Only 5 over, is something you can fight though if the Judge gets the idea you were actually going 16 over they may sock it to you. You have to look at it from a points perspective--are you better off taking the 5 over or... Read more »

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Q: I told him my new address. Would that make a difference?
Ellis B. Klein
Ellis B. Klein answered on Jul 6, 2021

If he filed it with the wrong address, you may be already suspended. You need to either call the court where it happened or a lawyer to look into it

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Q: I was pulled over a month and a half ago. And the office said I would be getting a ticket in the mail

And I never had to sign anything too. What should I do?

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

Was your correct address on your license because that is likely where it was sent. Call a lawyer as it can be checked online. If it has not been filed, there is a 30 day statute of limitations so it may be too late to file it now, if it hasn't yet been filed. Don't ignore it because if it... Read more »

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Q: What happens when neither party has insurance and the injured party was also driving with a suspended license?

Received a fine but paying it would admit guilt. Can the injured party sue after paying the fine?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jun 29, 2021

A Pennsylvania attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for two weeks. In SOME (I can't speak for Pennsylvania) jurisdictions, people who are uninsured could sometimes still have remedies for money damages, but they could be precluded from including pain and suffering in their... Read more »

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Q: I was pulled over for yielding at a stop sign.

The officer was more than a hundred yards away and traveling towards me. I’m surprised she even noticed. She said she issued a violation but her printer was broken and I would get it in the mail. She told me how to pay it, by mail or in person but did not mention an on line payment. I then asked... Read more »

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

Do you not just plead guilty because you are facing three points on your license if convicted. Points can lead to higher insurance rates and also if you get another ticket in the following year you could lose your license if you go over six points. Get a lawyer who will help you either fight the... Read more »

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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 »

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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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