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Q: What do I do for a mailed citation (1st ticket) and I know I stopped on a sign and yielded but it caused a car accident?

A car hit my car at the front passenger side as I was making a left turn at Route 663 at 3:40am. The road was blind on my right and a car was speeding down. Instead of him having a collision towards me, he swerved to the right and fell on a ditch and hit a tree. His car was wrecked but he was fine... Read more »

Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer
answered on May 1, 2022

You should absolutely plead not guilty. At the very least, it may be possible to have the citation amended to a section that will not add points to your license. Consult a traffic attorney in your area for more information.

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Q: Can Pennsylvania officers mail speeding citations?

Cop pulled me over speeding 60 in a 35 mph zone. I wasn’t doing more than 50 but not really going to argue with him. I was still speeding and agree with that. He said I can fight it in court and the ticket will be mailed to me. It’s the first time I ever heard they can mail the ticket. I though... Read more »

Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer
answered on Apr 21, 2022

Yes it is permissible for the citation to be mailed to you under the circumstances. You should contact an attorney to discuss your options. Many times, we can get the speed reduced on the citation to reduce or eliminate the number of points that are assessed to your license.

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Q: I was pulled over for not moving into the left lane when passing a traffic stop. Should I plead guilty?

I was doing the speed limit then slowed down a bit when passing the stop.

Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer
answered on Apr 17, 2022

Depending on what specific section was cited you might receive points on your license. It would be best to consult with a traffic attorney to get the full details. Most of us provide free consultations. I see your question comes from outside Pennsylvania as well - the answer also depends on what... Read more »

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Q: Can a lawyer respond to the citation on your behalf?10 day response on citation is from case filed date or mail receipt
Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer
answered on Mar 30, 2022

Yes, an attorney can plead not guilty on your behalf. There are some courts that will still require that you post collateral for the citation. If you are interested in hiring an attorney, reach out to one for a free consult to discuss the citation in detail and what your options might be.

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Q: I got a citation today for driving with suspended license what comes after a citation? Will I have to go in front of jud

Will there be consequences like jail time or just fines and more probation since I’m already on probation?

Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer
answered on Mar 20, 2022

The answer depends on a few different factors like whether this is the first time or if you've been convicted for driving under suspension before, as well as whether your license was suspended for a DUI. Contact an attorney for a free consultation and we can tell you what the potential... Read more »

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Q: If a police officers says they will get the points lowered if you plead not guilty is a lawyered needed?

This is my first ever traffic violation.

I received 2 citations for driving 113 on the turnpike,careless driving and speeding.

I told him I missed my exit and had to drive an additional hour after already driving for an hour and a half. He sympathized and said he understands the... Read more »

Ellis B. Klein
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Ellis B. Klein
answered on Mar 19, 2022

Here's your problem. At that speed a judge is going to be upset. Really upset. It is ultimately up to the judge even if the cop wants to help you out. If things go wrong you will likely lose your license, get a ton of points and your insurance can go up or they can drop your insurance totally.... Read more »

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Q: How soon does it take a traffic citation to show up on your driving record?
Ellis B. Klein
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Ellis B. Klein
answered on Mar 4, 2022

Once you are convicted the court sends notice to Penndot and then it appears on your record. It does however depend upon the citation because some moving violations will appear on your record while other non-moving violations will not. If you recently received a ticket you would be well served to... Read more »

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Q: My son, in PA, was mailed a citation for “following too closely” & “reckless driving” and was never pulled over

He is 17, came up behind a driver on a rural road that was stopped. According to him she waved him around her, so he went around her. He wasn’t pulled over, no cop on scene. Next day the town cop came to house to get his info. 2 days later he received the citations in the mail. How can a cop... Read more »

Ellis B. Klein
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Ellis B. Klein
answered on Mar 3, 2022

Plead not guilty and get a lawyer. It is the most serious ticket in PA and carries with it 5 points plus an automatic 6 month license suspension. The police do not have to pull someone over to issue a citation if they believe they have the evidence to prove it.

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Q: Do I plead guilty or not ?

I have a learner's permit, I have an appointment to take my driver's test soon. I was alone in the vehicle when I got pulled over for doing 65 on a 30mph limit. I feel like I messed up by telling the officer I knew I was Speeding. what do I do I'm so confused and scared. I need answers

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Feb 24, 2022

You need to contact a traffic ticket attorney in your area to represent you and mitigate this issue. Additionally, you should proceed with steps to obtaining your full driver's license and if possible, get it before your court date. Good luck.

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Q: Son got 3 court summons for accident he was in he plead not quilty cause he isn’t and has court the 10th. Accident exa

End damage Car un drive able with driver front tire blown apart and ripped

Ended up with 1100000 dollars in damage

My son received 3 summons careless driving amount $154.58, fail to stop and provide info amount $112.00 and fail to notify police amount 112.00

My son saw... Read more »

Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer
answered on Feb 9, 2022

First of all, I'm glad your son seems to be ok from the accident. At court you and your son may have the opportunity to talk with the officer about getting rid of or reducing the number of points that could be assessed to his license. You can always ask the court for a continuance if... Read more »

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Q: PA traffic Citation issued through mail in my name for my 16 yr old daughter.

Hello, My 16 yr old daughter's car is in my name. Today I received a citation in the mail in my name for a $350.00 fine for "obedience to traffic control devices". The fine is doubled because the incident took place in a work zone. The notes indicate "Driver nearly caused a... Read more »

Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer
answered on Feb 4, 2022

Yes, you need to plead not guilty. Really, the citation should be dismissed altogether. The officer then has an opportunity to re-file after learning the correct identity of the driver. In my experience, most officers will not re-file against your daughter, but there's a chance he/she will... Read more »

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Q: Does the "Confidential Information Section" show up anywhere else besides the citation? On record or anything?

I got pulled over for going 86 on a 40 work zone. State trooper gave me a pass for that due to my clean record. He said he'd cite me for not turning hazard lights on when pulled over. In the citation there's a confidential information section, that says i was pulled over for going 86 on a... Read more »

Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer
answered on Jan 20, 2022

The only thing that will be made part of the public record is that you received a citation for violated section 4305 (the hazard lights). The trooper likely wrote 86 in a 40 in other section in the event you were to challenge the citation in court - it would remind him as to why he initially pulled... Read more »

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Q: Name not listed correctly on speeding ticket Is this grounds for dismisal?

This was a speeding ticket going 80 in a 55, which was reduced to a 61 in a 55 by the officer when I was stopped

When I was handed the ticket though, in the first name and middle name, only my initials were listed. Is it grounds for dismissal?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
answered on Jan 13, 2022

No. He handed it to you. You took it. Also, as he gave you a break, the District Justice will be frosty if you try a technical. He gave you a points break. A judge will think you are being greedy.

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Q: I have a 10 day traffic Violation and the 10 day is Monday is the anyway I could a Continuance
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
answered on Jan 13, 2022

Hard to tell. If you have a defense and a good reason for a continuance, yes. If you don't have a good reason and want to put it off no.

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Q: I was pulled over for expired inspection sticker. The cop wrote the wrong model number

He made the same mistake I did. He saw a 2 and thought 3. I saw a 1 and thought 2. Is this enough to dismiss the ticket? What's the best defense strategy to at least get the fine reduced?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
answered on Jan 13, 2022

No. If the sticker wasn't expired is a defense. The fact the cop missed a couple of numbers won't get you anywhere. Get the car inspected and maybe they'll drop it. In the meantime, don't drive it around without inspection.

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Q: Can a ticket be dismissed if the officer wrote down the wrong location of the so called violation?

I was pulled over and given a ticket by an officer for not stopping at a stop sign. He claimed that I had rolled through a stop sign. Then proceeded to tell me which street I had not stopped on. The issue is the street he stated was not where the incident had happened. He stated it and also wrote... Read more »

Ellis B. Klein
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Ellis B. Klein
answered on Dec 16, 2021

Yes, that would be a fatal error unless the judge allows the officer to amend the citation when you go to court. Get a lawyer because you will have a better result especially if you have to fight this issue. It is points on your license and you don’t want your insurance to be affected. Good luck

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Q: I plead guilty to traffic summons MDJC via mail 10 days ago and want to change to not guilty, can I ?
Ellis B. Klein
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Ellis B. Klein
answered on Nov 27, 2021

You cannot withdraw your guilty plea but you have 30 days from when he fully with need to file an appeal in the county court. You will then get a new court date. Get a lawyer to represent you so hopefully you can get your points reduced. You will get a letter from PennDOT shortly that imposes... Read more »

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Q: Cited for going 66 in 40 mph zone. Should I sign up for Traffic School to reduce points on driver record?

Officer told me I could ask for speed to be reduced at Magistrate. Should I sign up for traffic school, pay fine and plead for mercy to reduce points?

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

It depends on the judge whether you should go to traffic school or not. Your speed is a five point major violation but it is not too terribly fast so that’s why I believe traffic school is optional. It is definitely worth it to go to court to try to get the points reduced and also, many judges... Read more »

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Q: Ticket was clocked speed 81 in 55 zone. Mistake I noticed was wrote car as charger when I drive a challenger.

Can I fight this since wrong model car.

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

Possibly. Was the color correct? Was the license plate correct. Get a lawyer to help you. If it cant be fought then perhaps you can get a reduction of points so your insurance doesnt find out. Good luck!

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Q: Does an officer have to give you a ticket on the spot?

I was pulled over for running a stop sign. I know I stopped and my passenger confirmed this as well. The officer did not ask me to sign anything or give me a ticket. Instead he said I would get a citation in the mail. I have asked around and no one locally (it was a local officer) has heard of... Read more »

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

It is not uncommon but the citation must be filed within 30 days. It is a 3 point offense on your record so it is worth it to plead not guilty. Many judges will let your lawyer go to court for you so you may not even have to attend the court hearing to get your points reduced. Good luck!

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