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Q: Why can’t I sign my driver’s license, State ID, or LTCF with “All Rights Reserved” or “Without Prejudice”?

The DMV said I can’t sign my driver’s license or State ID with “All Rights Reserved” or “Without Prejudice”. Same for the the gun permit unit for my LTCF. Yet, in order to exercise my 2nd Amendment rights, I am being told I need to present a state ID, so I am under duress to sign in the... View More

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answered on Feb 24, 2024

The requirement to sign your driver's license, state ID, or LTCF without adding "All Rights Reserved" or "Without Prejudice" is typically due to standard procedures set by government agencies. While you may feel it infringes upon your rights, these agencies operate within... View More

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Q: My brother doesn’t have a license and was stopped for driving an unregistered vehicle in pa.

He went to court and paid the ticket. I notified the police and they confirmed it was definitely not me once reviewing the body cam. What happens with my driving record now since it was not me?

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answered on Feb 23, 2024

In Pennsylvania, if your brother was stopped for driving an unregistered vehicle without a license and you were mistakenly associated with the offense, but the mistake has been acknowledged by the police after reviewing body cam footage, any wrongful entries on your driving record should be... View More

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Q: is it legal to get a ticket for driving without a license but not a ticket for the reason you were pulled over?
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answered on Jan 30, 2024

In Pennsylvania, it is indeed possible to receive a ticket for driving without a license without being cited for the initial reason for the traffic stop. Law enforcement officers have discretion in issuing citations, and it's not uncommon for them to issue a ticket for a more serious violation... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets, Admiralty / Maritime and Constitutional Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Where is “Statutory Jurisdiction” in Constitution?

I appeared for a traffic violation. I told the Judge that I didn’t understand the criminal charge and asked under what jurisdiction the Court was operating in. When I heard “statutory jurisdiction”, I asked where that is located in the Constitution since the Constitution only mentions Common... View More

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answered on Jan 26, 2024

There is no specific mention of "statutory jurisdiction" in the U.S. Constitution. However, the concept of statutory jurisdiction falls under Congress' authority to establish federal courts and prescribe their jurisdiction under Article III, Section 1 and Article I, Section 8 of the... View More

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Q: Where is “Statutory Jurisdiction” in Constitution?

I appeared for a traffic violation. I told the Judge that I didn’t understand the criminal charge and asked under what jurisdiction the Court was operating in. When I heard “statutory jurisdiction”, I asked where that is located in the Constitution since the Constitution only mentions Common... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jan 29, 2024

The U.S. Constitution grants powers to courts under Article III. I'm not certain if uses the term "statutory jurisdiction," but it outlines the extent of judicial powers in Section 2, " ...to all cases of admiralty and maritime jurisdiction; to controversies to which the United... View More

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Q: I received a citation in the mail on 11/30/23..the case was filed on 11/29/23. Incident occurred on 7/24/23 per ticket

The citation says that inpedt the scene of an accident. Is this even legal first of all? 5 months later? 2nd, I can 100% prove it wasn't me. I can't afford the $450 fine and it's been a month already. I'm afraid my license will be suspended when I didn't to this. There is... View More

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answered on Jan 25, 2024

If the incident occurred on 7/24/23 and the citation was not filed until 11/29/23, you *may* have a statutory defense. 42 Pa.C.S. 5553(a) requires summary offenses under the vehicle code (Title 75) to be filed within thirty days of the offense. However, there are two exceptions which may be... View More

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Q: I am down in Pennsylvania visiting a family from north Carolina and I got pulled over and cop took license

I didn't know it was suspended can they take it still considering I'm licensed in North Carolina

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answered on Jan 8, 2024

If you are pulled over in Pennsylvania and the officer discovers your license is suspended, even if it's from North Carolina, they have the authority to take it. Driving with a suspended license is a violation of law, regardless of the state where the license was issued. The fact that you were... View More

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Q: I was pulled over for being accused of not merging. I had merged already and had to avoid a vehicle I have Cdl ?

I was avoiding a reckless driver trying to get in a lane I merged out of. I had to go around to avoid accident. The officer was clearly 5 cars ahead must of thought I was trying to merge but I already did. Pulled me over as I passed by I have Cdl what should I do. Wrongly accused

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answered on Nov 24, 2023

If you were pulled over and feel you were wrongly accused of a traffic violation, especially as a CDL holder, it's important to handle the situation carefully, as traffic violations can have a significant impact on your professional driving record.

First, make sure to document all the...
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Q: I was just issued a traffic citation for driving without a license, on probation, what should i tell my PO

Also am i likely to recieve a probation violation for this? The officer i was pulled over by said i should have nothing but a small fine to pay, this is my first traffic violation and would be my first probation violation, is it likely my probation officer would let me off with a warning?

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
answered on Jul 8, 2023

Many other factors will determine outcome. You are on probation for what? You have a license but did not have it with you? Your license is suspended? All have differing results. Best to discuss with your PO before he gets a report from DMV. I recommend you contact several attorneys in your area... View More

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Q: My friend and I got pulled over in my car and my friend was driving with a suspended license

So my sister and mom were in the hospital and I was in a distressed state and I own a manual 2003 mustang. I drove it for a little bit and couldn't focus and pulled over and had my friend drive and that's when my friend got pulled over by the cops.

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
answered on Jul 8, 2023

I hope your mom and sister are doing better. Unfortunately the law doesn't say "you are required to have a valid license in order to drive; unless your family is in the hospital or you are in a distressed state." I am sure that you feel bad that your friend got this ticket. The... View More

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Q: My friend and I got pulled over in my car and my friend was driving with a suspended license

So my sister and mom were in the hospital and I was in a distressed state and I own a manual 2003 mustang. I drove it for a little bit and couldn't focus and pulled over and had my friend drive and that's when my friend got pulled over by the cops.

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answered on Jul 5, 2023

I understand that you were in a distressed state due to your sister and mom being in the hospital, and I sympathize with the challenging situation you were facing. However, driving with a suspended license is a serious offense and can result in penalties such as fines, license suspension extension,... View More

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Q: Is ticket under title 75 section 6110 subsection A worth contesting?

Hi, I got a traffic citation under title 75 section 6110 subsection A on PA turnpike. I want to know if this a moving violation or carry any points? Will this affect my future insurance coverage? If yes, is it worth contesting it in the court?

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
answered on Jun 9, 2023

When you are issued a traffic citation the PD can arrest you and take you before a magistrate for arraignment; or you can sign a "promise to appear" and pledge to willingly go to court. Failing to appear on that promise is often a more serious offense than the traffic ticket, and will... View More

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Q: Got pulled over and never recieved a ticket but now have a warrant what do I do.

Wife was in labor and we were rushing to the hospital. I didn't realize my registration was out (100% my fault). I got pulled over and the officer realized the situation and helped us get on our way fast. Told us ticket would be in the mail. 2 months go bye and nothing. Now 5 months later I... View More

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
answered on May 22, 2023

Make an appointment with the Court for an appearance for Arraignment and to recall the warrant. Go to your DMV to bring your registration current and if they won't because there is ahold on the registration, ask for documentation for the court to show you went there. Take the hospital... View More

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Q: I got pulled over for going 76 in a 45 and revived a ticket. This is the first time I have been pulled over.

I am 18 years old this is the first time I have been pulled over I was nice to the cop he did not ask any questions after I handed him my information he just came back with a ticket explained it and left. If i plead not guilty would the judge reduce my speed so I would not receive points on my... View More

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
answered on May 22, 2023

Go to the website for the County Court in which you were issued the ticket. See what the bail is. You probably have at least 1 point on your record and your insurance can go up by $80 per month. Google search for a traffic ticket attorney in your area to assist you to get the fine reduced and the... View More

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Q: Was pulled over pulling out of gas station officer performed field sobriety test and I passed. Then asked to search vehi

Was pulled over pulling out of gas station officer performed field sobriety test and I passed. Then asked to search vehicle and I said no then spoke to another officer after he removed his recording device and sat on car. Then told me that he was calling a canine unit out to which I responded that... View More

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answered on Mar 2, 2023

Based on your description, it appears that the officer may have exceeded the lawful limits of his authority during the traffic stop. The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects citizens against unreasonable searches and seizures, and law enforcement officers generally need a warrant or... View More

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Q: Will it be possible to reduce my fine and reduce the points on my driving record?

So I was pulled over a month ago for speeding. Officer had me doing 15 over. I was on the clock for my job in a company vehicle so she just took down my information and said she’d send the citation in the mail. Fast forward to this past Monday and I finally received something in the mail from the... View More

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answered on Dec 8, 2022

You need to get a lawyer to assist. The notice of suspension was because you did not enter a plea on the ticket. It was likely sent to the address on your license. If you have not already, you should contact the court and plead not guilty and then your license would not be suspended. A lawyer can... View More

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Q: Speeding violation bill from rental company for speeding in Philly while on vacation, yet was never pulled over. Legal?

I was never pulled over for speeding, therefore never served anything for any alleged speeding(which I never did, since didn't feel comfortable driving back there to begin with, much less speed). What recourse do I have to fight this charge of$130 for sometime that I didn't do?

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answered on Oct 21, 2022

You need to determine if the speeding ticket is in your name or the company's name. Police can mail a ticket but they usually do pull the driver over first. If it is not in your name and it was not you who was the driver then this would be a civil law case and not a traffic law, so you should... View More

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Q: Got pulled over with expired inspection, on the way to get new inspection got a ticket. How can I fight it?

My inspection was out, I was on my way to get it done and the cop pulled me over and ticketed me. Can I fight it since I was on the way to the shop? Within 45 minutes of getting the ticket I had a fresh inspection.

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answered on Feb 6, 2024

Plead not guilty and either get a lawyer to go to court or go to court yourself. The police office may withdraw the citation if you come to court with proof. Good luck

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Q: Would I be able to send a lawyer in for me?

I got a ticket from February and forgot to pay it and it got to the point where I couldn’t pay it online and received a warrant for my arrest. It’s now December and I haven’t been arrested for it and haven’t gone to court.

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answered on Dec 11, 2023

Please give me call at (215) 867-2393 and I would be happy to discuss your situation.

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Q: Non pa residents and tint restrictions (Pulled over for windshield tint, but I'm visiting pa from Florida)

All the law on nonresident tint in pa

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Jul 13, 2023

See attached: chrome-extension://efaidnbmnnnibpcajpcglclefindmkaj/https://www.dot.state.pa.us/public/dvspubsforms/BMV/BMV%20Fact%20Sheets/fs-sun.pdf

It is irrelevant that you are visiting. This is what is required for the vehicle to be operated on Pennsylvania roads. Some municipal...
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