In Pennsylvania, many traffic violation charges are valid, while many others just aren’t. Some charges arise from misunderstandings, while others are rendered in bad faith. Some other charges may even be excessive for a particular case.
If you or someone you care about was charged with a traffic crime, like reckless driving or intoxicated driving, McKenzie Law Firm, P.C. can help. Depending on the circumstances, our team can get your charges reduced, dropped, or even dismissed. A Bucks County traffic crimes lawyer from our firm is ready to start advocating for you today.
What Are the Penalties for a Traffic Crime in Pennsylvania?
You could face a number of different penalties if you’re convicted of a traffic crime in Pennsylvania. Some of these penalties could be:
Points Added to Your License
Depending on your alleged offense, you could have points assigned to your license. Per the Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles, once you have 11 points on your license, your driving privileges will be automatically suspended. If you’re caught driving on a suspended license, this could result in jail time, fines, and other consequences.
Having to Take a Driver Improvement Course
If you committed a certain kind of infraction, you may be required by law to take a driver’s improvement course. Per the Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles, once you get six points on your license, you’ll have to take a written exam.
You may have to pay a fine if you’re convicted of a traffic infraction. Serious infractions, like drunk driving, can result in hefty fines. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PDOT), if you’re charged with drunk driving, and you have no prior offenses, you could be fined $300. The fines only escalate with each subsequent offense.
In addition to a fine, you could even face jail time and probation for a serious crime, like drunk driving. Your traffic crimes lawyer in Bucks County will do everything possible to prevent a jail or prison sentence. They will present your case’s evidence, interview witnesses, and build a compelling case. They will also work against any fines or other penalties imposed by the state.
Should I Get a Traffic Crimes Lawyer?
If you’re facing traffic crime charges, you should consider getting a lawyer who specializes in traffic crime defense. When you partner with McKenzie Law Firm, P.C., you can trust that we’ll:
Investigate Your Case’s Circumstances
To build a strong case, we need evidence to show that you didn’t commit the traffic infraction or, if you did, you don’t deserve certain penalties. Information to support your case may comprise:
- Footage from traffic cameras
- The police report
- Testimonies from the officers who responded to the incident
- Testimonies from witnesses
- Data from your vehicle’s black box (if you were involved in a collision)
- Forensic evidence from the accident site
- The results of any blood or urine tests you consented to
We may also reference your driving history to show that you don’t have a record of traffic offenses. Sometimes, the court will consider your driving history when considering whether to impose a certain penalty.
Aim to Have Your Charges Reduced
Sometimes, securing a “not guilty” verdict isn’t possible. However, you still have options when protecting your future. Consider this scenario. You’re being charged with a first-time drunk driving offense after you were pulled over for speeding.
However, because you didn’t take a breathalyzer test, there is no information to suggest you were driving while intoxicated. So, your lawyer may request that your drunk driving charge be downgraded to a reckless driving charge. This would come with fewer penalties than being convicted of driving under the influence (DUI).
Your lawyer will evaluate your situation to see whether this could be an option for you.
Represent You in Court, if Necessary
If your case makes it to court, your traffic crimes lawyer can defend you there. McKenzie Law Firm, P.C. will:
- Present evidence to support your legal goals
- Cross-examine witnesses
- Cite legal law and precedent
- Argue that some evidence shouldn’t be admissible
- Assert that you were pulled over for no valid reason
You can trust us to do everything to secure the best possible outcome. We build each case strategy with our clients’ future in mind.
We Defend Motorists From These Charges in Bucks County
Our firm can help you regardless of your case and its circumstances. Here are some charges we defend motorists against:
Driving Without a License
Your charge may be driving without a license. If so, we might be able to argue that:
- You left your license at home.
- You weren’t driving the vehicle.
- You were exempt from needing a driver’s license.
- You were visiting Pennsylvania from another state.
You might have been charged with driving on an expired license. If so, we can craft a defense that seeks a “not guilty” verdict.
If your charge is for reckless driving (like speeding or weaving in and out of lanes), we may be able to argue that:
- The driving didn’t amount to recklessness.
- You were not the driver.
- You drove recklessly because of an emergency.
- There is no evidence to support that you drove recklessly.
Intoxicated/Impaired Driving Cases
If your charge is for intoxicated or impaired driving, we may be able to assert that:
- There isn’t enough evidence to convict you.
- You were racially profiled or discriminated against.
- Law enforcement had no legitimate reason to pull you over.
- Your breath or blood test wasn’t administered correctly.
Reach Out to Us Today
If you want a reliable traffic crimes lawyer to defend your legal rights in Bucks County, reach out to us at McKenzie Law Firm, P.C. Our founder and lead attorney, David McKenzie, is a former prosecutor who can take on any traffic crime case. After you hire him, you can expect him to be accessible to you anytime via email, text, phone, and/or social media.
We serve clients all over Pennsylvania. Call us today for a free consultation.