Driving is a privilege that most folks never want to be without. Losing your license due to a traffic violation can really impact your daily life. From making the commute to work to running errands or picking your kids up from after-school activities, driving is second nature yet a big part of most people’s lives. If you are facing a traffic violation that puts you at risk of losing your driver’s license, then you need to speak with our Westmoreland County traffic violations attorney. Our law office has a history of helping our clients fight their traffic tickets and resolve their traffic violations with minimal negative effects.
Navigating the court system in Pennsylvania can be a daunting and confusing experience. There are so many different nuances to consider, based on the violation in question. Some common traffic violations that our clients bring to us include:
- Failure to stop at a stop light or stop sign
- Failure to properly signal when changing lanes
- Reckless driving
- Failing to stop for a school bus
- Texting while driving
- Reckless driving
The penalties incurred for a traffic violation vary wide depending on the specific violation. You may be assessed fines, lose points on your driver’s record, and even have your license suspended. Depending on the violation, fines can be quite exorbitant, and if you don’t pay them as agreed, you can incur additional costs and may even be arrested.
Even less serious traffic offenses can impact your ability to drive over time. Pennsylvania driver’s licenses are based on a points system. Traffic violations range from two to five points, and points are accumulative. Once you reach six points, you face additional penalties and must take a written safety exam, the results of which determines if your license remains in force or is suspended.
Losing points against your driver’s license can lead to loss of driving privileges, but even if you don’t reach the six-point threshold, you still subject yourself to paying more for car insurance if you have any violations on your record. In fact, some insurance companies may even fail to renew your policy if you have a serious enough offense on record or if you accumulate enough points to be seen as an added risk.
So what should you do if you have been ticketed?
First things first. Never admit guilt.
In Pennsylvania, when you are charged with a serious traffic violation, never admit guilt until you have consulted with an attorney, and never pay a fine until your attorney has reviewed your case. Paying a fine constitutes the admission of guilt; once your fine is paid, you can no longer fight the violation in a court of law.
Traffic tickets can be fought in a court of law. For example, it is sometimes the case that a driver ticketed with speeding wasn’t speeding at all. The ticketing officer’s speeding device may have been improperly serviced or lacked calibration. A seasoned attorney can identify any issues in your ticket before advising you on the best course of action to address the charges.