Many people who receive traffic tickets either do not bother to dispute the citation or they are unaware that they can. If you received a traffic ticket or citation in Marple, Pennsylvania, our team at McKenzie Law Firm, P.C., wants to help. We can assign a traffic ticket lawyer to investigate your case and help you dispute the citation.
Our Team Wants to Help You Fight Your Marple Traffic Ticket
You do not have to defend yourself against a traffic citation alone in Pennsylvania. Our law firm represents drivers in Marple and the surrounding community, offering services like:
- Investigation into the traffic stop and ticket
- Evidence collection
- Defense building
- Representation both in and out of court
- Legal guidance
Based on the information we uncover when reviewing your case, our team can help you determine the best strategy for having the ticket dismissed. We’ve been able to help many drivers fight their citations in the past.
Reasons You may Receive a Traffic Ticket in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania requires anyone who operates a motor vehicle on public roadways—including highways, interstate roads, and local streets—to possess a valid driver’s license, as well as insurance and valid vehicle registration. Drivers are also bound by the different federal, state, and local traffic laws that apply to the operation of a motor vehicle within that jurisdiction.
Even if they were unaware or unfamiliar with them, those who violate any of these laws could face citations, fines, and other penalties. Both moving and non-moving violations can cause you to receive a traffic ticket. When our team reviews your case, we can help you understand the reason you received a ticket and begin making plans to contest it.
Understanding Your Traffic Ticket
You must stop if instructed to do so by an officer of the law. Once stopped, the officer will explain why you were pulled over and ask for your license, registration, and proof of insurance. If you are issued a citation, the ticket will outline the offense the officer deemed you were committing, as well as other relevant details regarding the incident, including:
- The name of the officer
- A court date
- The location where the hearing regarding your ticket will be held
- The deadline for paying the ticket and instructions on how to do so if you would like to concede and pay it
Administrative citations will appear on your driving record, and each conviction carries points on your license. While most traffic violations are administrative, some carry criminal penalties, such as driving under the influence. The penalties you receive for the violation will depend on your driving history and the extent of damage or injury caused in any related accidents.
Our team at McKenzie Law Firm P.C. can assist you with your Marple traffic ticket case. When you hire one of our lawyers, we will walk you through your options that could allow us to lessen or overturn the charge you are facing.
Reasons to Contest a Traffic Citation
When you receive a traffic ticket, one option you have is to pay the fine and get on with your life. However, doing so repeatedly can have long-term ramifications on the cost of maintaining your car and your ability to operate a vehicle. Do not dismiss the fines, community service, vehicle impoundment, or license points you could receive for traffic tickets. These penalties can add up and may even affect your auto insurance rates.
If you receive multiple traffic tickets and simply choose to pay them, you can find yourself classified as a habitual offender. This classification may subject you to:
- Harsher penalties for every subsequent citation you receive
- Point accumulation on your license, which can eventually lead to license suspension
- Higher insurance premiums, if your provider reviews your driving record and considers you at higher risk of accidents
Pennsylvania General Assembly Title 75 provides definitions for habitual traffic violators and outlines how such violators can lose driving privileges for as much as five years. You can also lose driving privileges for moving violations that lead to injury or death, such as speeding and reckless or aggressive driving.
Thankfully, there are many strategies we could potentially employ to contest your ticket, even if this is not your first violation. This can be the difference between facing an administrative citation and losing your driving privileges. We’ve outlined some possible defenses in the following section.
Strategies for Contesting a Traffic Ticket in Pennsylvania
There are several strategies we can employ to contest your ticket, whether it is for a serious or non-serious violation. After reviewing your case in a free consultation, our team will discuss possible defenses. One argument we may be able to make is that you have an otherwise clean driving history. This approach could help us to get the charges dismissed or prove that the severity of the charges you face should be lowered.
Another defense we could make involves showing that you were not guilty of the violation you are accused of committing. Certain evidence, such as dashcam footage and eyewitness statements, can be used to corroborate your claim that you did not break any traffic laws.
If such evidence is available in your case, we can argue that the issuing officer did not have just cause to pull you over. If you were driving safely and following all applicable driving laws but were still pulled over and issued a ticket, we can argue that this was unconstitutional and that the case should be dismissed.
Contact Us Today for Legal Assistance with Your Case
Don’t leave a traffic ticket uncontested. You may have grounds for fighting the charges you face in Marple, and a traffic ticket lawyer from our firm can represent you. We want to help you understand the laws that apply to your case and choose the right strategy to help dismiss the citation. Contact our team at McKenzie Law Firm, P.C. today.