Traffic Violation Attorneys in Harrisburg
Keeping You on the Road
It might seem like receiving a traffic violation is an annoying nuisance
that everyone faces from time to time. However, building up traffic violations
can add points onto your license that will cost you in the long run. In
addition, they often come with hefty fees that simultaneously increase
your insurance rates dramatically. Worst of all, these traffic violations
are often made by mistake, either on the part of the law enforcement official,
or on account of a faulty traffic violation device or camera. If charges
build up, you might even be forced to serve a sentence in jail.
When this occurs, you must not resign yourself to the frustration of paying
an unfair penalty. Instead, get in touch with our traffic violation lawyers
in Cumberland County and Harrisburg immediately. At the Law Offices of
Patrick F. Lauer, we are zealous defenders against such unjust traffic charges.
Contact us now at
(717) 775-6110, and you can benefit from receiving a completely complimentary consultation
to establish your rights after a traffic violation charge.
Common Traffic Violation Charges in Pennsylvania
In the state of Pennsylvania, there are multiple ways that drivers could
get points on their record for breaking traffic laws. However, there are
certain kinds of violations which law enforcement officials tend to scrutinize
more severely, leading to harsher penalties as well.
Some violations which incur the steepest punishments include:
- Driving carelessly or recklessly
- Speeding or racing another vehicle on highways and streets
- Neglecting to use turn signals or stopping at lights
- Driving without a valid or current license
- Refusing to yield at intersections
- Purposely turning off one’s lights or taking evasive actions to attempt
to avoid an arrest or being identified by law enforcement
- Fleeing a driving crime, particularly a hit-and-run
- Being involved in a collision that caused serious damage to any person,
vehicle, or property
What Happens When You Fight a Traffic Ticket in Court?
If you decide to handle your ticket in court, you should check your citation
for instructions on where and when to go. (Even if you decide not to fight
your ticket, read your ticket and any other paperwork closely.) The first
day in court is usually called an arraignment. At the arraignment, drivers
typically have two options:
Admit to the Traffic Violation: You admit guilt by pleading guilty or “no contest” to the offense.
Though you aren’t required to explain why you broke the law, many
judges will give you a short amount of time to do so.
Plead "not guilty": The judge will set another court date for your trial.
Many judges will reduce the fine for people who plead guilty at arraignment.
For certain offenses, judges may not even be allowed to lower your fines.
How Many Points Does it Take to Lose Your License in PA?
In Pennsylvania, accumulating 11 or more points will result in an automatic
license suspension. A driver with 6 or more points may have their license
suspended if they don't pass a safety exam. Drivers can also lose their
license for more serious driving violations or crimes, such as a DUI or
reckless driving. If you were given a traffic ticket for speeding or some
other violation, you generally have the option of pleading guilty and
paying a fine or requesting a hearing to fight the ticket. If you request
a hearing, you need to show up to the hearing on time. Failure to respond
to a speeding ticket or traffic ticket can lead to problems down the road,
including a suspended license. Don't hesitate to call us today so we can
help you get your license back!