From minor traffic infractions to serious traffic crimes, you could be facing penalties from a simple fine to prison time depending on the violation you are being accused of committing. From drunk driving to speeding to driving without a license, in addition to facing steep fines and possible jail time, you could be looking at points on your license, which could lead to your license being suspended and/or your insurance rates skyrocketing.
If you have received a traffic ticket and want to fight the charges, a Norristown traffic ticket lawyer at McKenzie Law Firm, P.C. can help. Call (610) 991-7219 for a free consultation with a member of our team today.
Traffic Crimes Have Different Consequences in Pennsylvania
Some traffic crimes are considered misdemeanors, while others are felonies. Traffic violations like making an illegal U-turn or changing lanes without using your turn signal are not deemed criminal offenses. Reckless driving, driving under the influence (DUI), and driving without a license or insurance are considered misdemeanors, but if you are convicted, they can be punishable by a fine, prison time, or both.
Speeding Ticket in Pennsylvania
If you were pulled over for speeding, for example, the fine is $35, plus tack on $2 for every mile that exceeds five miles over the speed limit per 75 Pa. C.S.A. § 3362(c). If you violated a speed limit of 65 miles per hour or higher, the fine is $42.50.
It is important to note that a speeding offense can lead to a reckless driving conviction depending on the circumstances. A first conviction is considered a summary offense, and you could face up to three months in jail, a $200 fine, and your license could be suspended for six months.
If another person died as a result of the speeding violation, this could lead to homicide-by-vehicle charges, which is a third-degree felony. If convicted, this crime is punishable by up to seven years in prison and a $15,000 fine.
If you face any of these traffic crime charges, you are most likely scared and not sure of your next steps. Having a criminal defense attorney on your side can be beneficial in navigating the legal process.
A Norristown traffic ticket lawyer at McKenzie Law Firm, P.C. can fight to protect your rights. Call (610) 991-7219 for your initial free and confidential consultation with a member of our team today.
Other Traffic Violations
Other traffic violations you could be facing in Norristown or other nearby areas of Pennsylvania may include:
- Drinking and driving (DUI)
- Driving without a license or driving with a suspended license
- Driving without insurance or driving without sufficient insurance
- Hit and run
- Running a red light
- Seat belt violations
The team at McKenzie Law Firm, P.C. can build a strong defense on your behalf and present your side in court. We will fight to get the best possible outcome for you. Call a team member today for your free case review.
What a Criminal Defense Attorney Can Do for You
When you are facing any type of charge, it can be more than unsettling. If your vehicle was damaged or impounded in the incident, you are probably worried about how you will get to work or pick up your children from school. You may be trying to figure out how you will pay your bills and support your family if the ticket is too expensive. The last thing you need to worry about is fighting these charges on your own.
When you hire a criminal defense attorney to represent you, the burden of trying to figure out the complex legal process, laws, and statutes that apply to your case is lifted from your shoulders. A lawyer can handle all aspects of your case from start to finish with your best interests top of mind. Your attorney can do the following:
- Investigate the details of your case
- Question police procedures that led to your arrest or ticket
- Interview eyewitnesses that support your side
- Gather evidence that supports your claim (e.g., photographs, surveillance video, the police report, etc.)
- Build a strong defense on your behalf
- Negotiate with prosecutors to reduce or drop the charges
- Keep you updated on the progress of your case
First-Time Offender Program in Pennsylvania
David McKenzie, the founder of McKenzie Law Firm, P.C., is an advocate of the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) Program. The program is aimed to help first-time offenders who have no prior criminal convictions. ARD’s goal is to avoid the expense of trials and court proceedings by allowing certain offenders who are open to treatment and rehabilitation to have their records expunged and turn their lives around. Call McKenzie Law Firm, P.C. to find out if you qualify for the ARD program.
Reach Out to McKenzie Law Firm, P.C. for Help Today
David McKenzie founded McKenzie Law Firm, P.C. in 2010 with the goal of putting his experience to work for those facing charges. He has spent the better part of the last two decades working to protect the rights of his clients.
If you are facing charges for a traffic violation and you want to fight the charges, a Norristown traffic ticket lawyer at McKenzie Law Firm, P.C. can help. When you sign on as a client with us, you can always reach your lawyer via phone, email, text, or social media. We will fight to protect your rights and get your ticket reduced or dropped.
Call (610) 991-7219 to speak with a member of our team today. The initial call is free and confidential. We are ready to get to work on your case right away.