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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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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 »

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Pennsylvania on
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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