Traffic violations are an annoyance few have the patience to deal with. They derail your commute, cause stress, and can come with costly fines. However, traffic violations in Pennsylvania can be particularly difficult to deal with.
In Pennsylvania, traffic violations cause you to acquire points on your driver’s license. Accumulated points can cause a license suspension. A license suspension robs you of your freedom of transportation and makes nearly every aspect of your life more difficult and tedious. Aside from a suspension, accumulated points from a traffic violation will cause your insurance costs to drastically increase and can trigger a required driving exam. Failing to pass the written driving exam associated with receiving points could lead to a suspended license.
Even with the harsh and inconvenient penalties, you may be inclined to accept your traffic violation. After all, you may be thinking that hiring a traffic violation lawyer may cost just as much or more than the fine on the ticket. However, the unforeseen costs of insurance increases and a loss of transportation can be far more than the fine itself while simultaneously decreasing your quality of life. If you recently received a traffic violation, you should consider contacting an Allegheny County traffic violation attorney to explore your options. The legal team at SMT Legal have the experience and aggressive approach necessary to save you from increasing insurance and the loss of freedom associated with traffic violations.
What to Expect After Receiving a Traffic Ticket
There are many aspects you should be familiar with regarding a traffic violation. Pennsylvania utilizes a points system for all traffic violations. Depending on the nature of your violation, you can receive anywhere from two to five points for each violation. Some common traffic violations include:
- Violating child passenger protection laws
- Vehicle code violation
After accumulating points, your license has the potential to be suspended or revoked. If you accumulate six points on your license as a first offense, you will be notified that you have 30 days to pass a driving exam. Failing to do so will result in a suspended license. If you have six points and it is not your first offense, you will have a hearing and likely receive a suspended license. Accumulating 11 points or more will result in an automatic suspension of your license.