No one wants to see red and blue flashing lights behind them while on the road. Even if it’s a minor stop, having a traffic violation on your record is never a good time. Your points could be affected, you might see an increase in your car insurance premium, and you could even lose your license in certain circumstances.
Before you go ahead and pay that ticket, you should consider all your options. What might seem like a minor fine now could cause you serious complications later. On top of that, some charges, such as DUI or hit and run, could lead to hefty fines and even jail time. Reach out and enjoy peace of mind knowing you have a Lower Providence, PA traffic crimes lawyer from McKenzie Law Firm, P.C. on your side.
What Are the Most Common Traffic Crimes?
Under the umbrella term of traffic crimes includes a wide variety of offenses, from something as simple as a speeding ticket to crimes as serious as DUI or hit and run. Here are some of the most common traffic crimes:
- Running a red light
- High-speed radar ticket
- Reckless driving
- Hit and run
- Driving under the influence
- High point accumulation
- Driving around a school bus
- Expired registration
- Invalid license
- Aggressive driving
While these are some of the most common traffic crimes we see and help with daily, this is far from an exhaustive list. If you don’t see your charge on this list, we can likely still help. Give our criminal defense firm a call when in doubt, and we can evaluate your case for you.
In many cases, our attorneys can take care of your charges, so you never have to set foot inside of a courtroom. Even if your case does go to trial, we can make use of several strategies to help lessen some of the effects you might otherwise face.
Even a Minor Traffic Offense Could Have an Impact
Because of Pennsylvania’s points system, even a relatively minor traffic infraction could cause serious consequences for you. For instance, if you already accumulated five points, a simple traffic stop could lead to corrective action, up to and including suspension of your driving privileges.
Beyond having your ability to drive put at risk, you might also see a dramatic increase in your car insurance premium. You might even be required to have an ignition interlock device put into your vehicle in certain scenarios.
Don’t be fooled by the term “traffic offense” and assume the consequences can’t be severe. Beyond having something end up on your record, a license suspension could make it difficult for you to get to and from work and take care of all your family’s daily needs.
What Can Our Lower Providence, PA Traffic Crimes Lawyer Do to Help?
All too many drivers figure there’s no point in contesting a minor ticket and just pay the fine instead. What they don’t realize is that by doing so, they’re admitting guilt and willingly putting points on their record. This might not be a problem now, but those points can quickly add up over time.
An attorney can contest your charges and provide an alternative to the ticketing officer’s claims. In more serious scenarios, such as misdemeanor or felony charges, they could gather evidence, interview witnesses, and prepare your case for trial.
What Are the Different Types of Traffic Crimes?
The lowest level of traffic crimes are those known as non-moving violations. These could include driving with an expired license, overnight parking, parking in a restricted area, or your vehicle being past due on an inspection. All the offenses in this list are considered relatively minor, and they will typically result in a ticket or fine.
The next category of traffic crimes is moving violations. These include offenses like speeding, making an illegal U-turn, failing to yield at an intersection, reckless driving, and other similar violations. These offenses are considered a bit more serious since your vehicle was in motion at the time of the violation. These would end up on your permanent driving record.
After moving violations, the next level of traffic crimes are misdemeanor violations. These include crimes such as fleeing an officer, engaging in a hit and run, driving under the influence, and driving while your driving privileges are suspended, among others. All of these are criminal offenses that will end up on your record and could result in jail time if convicted. They could also lead to an immediate suspension of your driving privileges.
Lastly, Felony Violations
The final category of traffic crimes are felony violations. Some of the most common felony traffic crimes are homicide by vehicle, aggravated assault while driving a vehicle (either under the influence or not), and crossing state lines to flee the police, to name a few. While a misdemeanor conviction could result in five years in jail, you could face up to 20 years in jail following a felony conviction.
Why Choose McKenzie Law Firm, P.C.?
Here at McKenzie Law Firm, P.C., we have more than a decade of experience representing clients all throughout Pennsylvania. Our founder, David McKenzie, has worked for luminaries in the field, such as Cipriani & Werner, P.C. and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, where he honed his skills both in composition as well as defense litigation.
Whether you’re facing an accumulation of points stemming from minor traffic violations or must mount a defense to a more serious charge like driving under the influence, McKenzie Law Firm, P.C. is here to help.
Protect Your Rights and Contact Us Today for Your Free Consultation
You don’t have to simply accept a traffic charge. Allow us to help you clear your name and avoid serious consequences in Montgomery County. Before you pay that ticket, get in touch with us. We can listen to your story and walk you through your options. Call and claim your free consultation now.