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Have you gotten a traffic ticket recently? Are you concerned about the penalties and not sure how to proceed? Then contact our offices and let us help you with your Pennsylvania traffic ticket.
Our offices serve people in the York and Harrisburg areas who have gotten traffic tickets or other traffic violations, from speeding tickets to red light violations to DUIs and DWIs. Our experience handling traffic tickets in York and Harrisburg and the surrounding areas means that we can provide you with the best legal assistance available to help you fight your traffic ticket.
Dealing with the Penalties
Traffic tickets across Pennsylvania come with some pretty serious penalties. For any one traffic ticket or violation, you could face an expensive fine, court fees, increased insurance premiums, points on your driver’s license, a license suspension, or even jail time for a DUI or DWI. If you’ve gotten a traffic ticket, no matter what the violation is, you could face many of these penalties at once for the same ticket.
Because most traffic tickets require that you pay a fine of a certain amount, many people wrongly assume that they can simply pay the fine and be done with their ticket. Unfortunately, in the state of Pennsylvania, paying the fine on your ticket does not actually eliminate any other penalties associated with your traffic ticket. You could still end up with points being added to your license as well as some or all of the other penalties mentioned above.
Most traffic tickets in Pennsylvania will result in a fine that you have to pay. The fine usually goes up based on how serious the violation is considered to be and can range from as low as $10 to as high as $250 or more. On top of these fines, you will also have points added to your license depending on the violation. As with the fine amounts, the number of points usually increase as the violations get more serious. Any points you receive on your record will add up, and when you reach a total of six points, you will have to take a safe driving exam. The second time your record reaches a total of six points, you begin to face having your license suspended for two weeks or more, depending on how many points you have accumulated. Your insurance company may even increase your monthly premiums when they find out about your traffic ticket because they consider you riskier driver.
However, you do not have to face these penalties without first considering other options. An experienced York and Harrisburg traffic ticket attorney can be an invaluable ally when it comes to fighting your ticket. You have the right to plead not guilty to your traffic ticket and have your case heard before a judge in traffic court. But when you go to court, you will need to be prepared to present a solid defense to the judge in order to prove that you do not deserve the full extent of the penalties from your traffic ticket. Having a skilled traffic ticket lawyer on your side can be your best chance at having your traffic ticket penalties reduced in court or even having your ticket dismissed entirely.
Whether your traffic ticket case is being heard in the York magisterial courts or in the Harrisburg magisterial courts , our attorneys will be on your side throughout the entire process. We will help you make sure that you have all the information you need to have a solid case in court. This can include photographs of the location of your ticket, eyewitness testimony, any camera footage available, and your ticket itself with all of the relevant information on it.
Your attorney will also prepare you for the fact that the York or the Harrisburg police officer who wrote your ticket will also be in court to speak before the judge in your traffic ticket case. It is important that you know what to and say before the judge, because judges often tend to believe the word of the police officer over yours. By working with your lawyer to prepare a strong defense, you can walk into court prepared and confident in your abilities to convince the judge to reduce or dismiss your ticket.
I got a ticket — where do I start?
Maybe you were trying to commute to your job or your home in York or Harrisburg. Maybe you were simply traveling for a weekend or running errands. You might have been going a little too fast in order to get to your destination faster, or you may have not even seen the speed limit sign or stop sign. But no matter why you got your ticket or what the circumstances, you still ended up with a traffic ticket.
After you get your ticket, take a deep breath. No matter how upset you are about your ticket, you have plenty of options when it comes to dealing with traffic tickets. Next, even if this is not your first traffic ticket, be sure to read your ticket carefully so that you can understand exactly what you received a traffic ticket for and what penalties you are facing because of that ticket.
The next thing you need to do is to call our offices. If you are having trouble understanding what your ticket means, we can help you review your ticket and talk you through what your ticket means for you. Then, we will work with you to evaluate your options. If you choose to take your ticket to traffic court, we will help you prepare and practice a strong defense before your court date. In order to have plenty of time to prepare, get in touch with us right away.
What can an attorney do for me?
You may be wondering what benefit you can get by working with a lawyer on your traffic ticket case. Friends and family may have told you that you should just try to deal with your ticket yourself instead of working with a lawyer. And while you certainly can take care of your ticket on your own, you may find that, like many other people who have received traffic tickets, it is extremely difficult to fight a traffic ticket on your own. Furthermore, if you try to just pay the fine and think you can move on, you will find that the other penalties, like points on your license or increased insurance rates, will not go away when you pay the fine.
If you do not want to face the steep penalties that will inevitably come from the traffic ticket unless you go to court, you may be prepared to speak before the judge by yourself to explain why you should not have to face the penalties from your traffic ticket. But unfortunately, you will likely discover how difficult it is to convince a judge of your innocence on your own without the assistance of a lawyer. Unless they are presented with a strong and solid defense, judges tend to listen to the police officer more seriously than they will listen to you.
But with a lawyer on your side, you will not only have the peace of mind that comes with excellent legal representation, but you will also be able to work with your lawyer to prepare a strong defense before the judge. Your lawyer will know the best way to defend against what the police officer will say about writing your ticket. They will also help you prepare beforehand so that you feel confident going in on your court date. In many cases, legal advice and representation can be your best chance at getting your penalties reduced or even at getting your ticket dismissed entirely.
Call Us Today
Whether this is your first ticket or your fifth, our York and Harrisburg traffic ticket lawyers are available to assist you with your case. We have years of experience dealing with all kinds of traffic violations, from speeding tickets, red light tickets, or stop sign tickets to DUIs and even repeat DUI offenses. No matter what your violation was, we want to help you so that you do not have to face the extreme penalties that accompany Pennsylvania traffic ticket. We also know that we can ultimately save you money when you compare your minimal legal fees to the money you would lose paying expensive fines, increased insurance rates, and court fees, as well as the stress of having points added to your license or your license suspended.
We are on your side throughout the entire process and will keep you informed and aware. Do not let your traffic ticket affect your life or your finances. Give our York and Harrisburg offices a call today.