If you were recently pulled over for speeding in Philadelphia and are now facing charges, consider working with a criminal defense lawyer from McKenzie Law Firm, P.C. We can strategize your defense and potentially help you reduce or eliminate your charges.
Our law firm offers free consultations, allowing potential clients like you to ask the questions you have about your case. Once you hire us, our staff will be available for further legal advice throughout the litigation process.
Speeding can Lead to Points on Your Driving Record and Other Consequences
According to 75 Pa. C.S.A. §3362, people found guilty of speeding are subject to fines. Speeding tickets are notoriously associated with fines, but there may be other things to consider when you’re facing speeding charges in Pennsylvania.
For example, 75 Pa. C.S.A. §1535 mandates that people who commit speeding violations may receive points on their driving record. The amount of points a person can receive depends on how many miles above the speed limit they were driving at:
- Six to 10 miles above the speed limit: 2 points
- 11 to 15 miles above the speed limit: 3 points
- 16 to 25 miles above the speed limit: 4 points
- 26 to 30 miles above the speed limit: 5 points
- 31 miles and over above the speed limit: 5 points and a hearing
If you accrue too many points on your driving record, your driver’s license is subject to suspension. If you were also charged with drinking and driving, you may face jail time and higher fines.
Whether you are a regular or commercial driver, a speeding ticket can bring on consequences that may affect your legal right to drive. If a speeding violation puts your license in jeopardy, consider hiring a criminal defense attorney from our team to help fight for the reduction or dismissal of the charges.
A Traffic Lawyer from Our Team can Represent You Throughout Your Case
When you decide to work with a speeding lawyer from McKenzie Law Firm, P.C., our team gets straight to work. We can help build a defense against the Philadelphia Police Department. Once you become our client, we can:
- Provide legal perspective and advice to the case: Perhaps one of the main benefits of working with our legal team is that we understand Pennsylvania law and, therefore, can help you better understand your rights and legal options. We can advise you on decisions and guide you throughout the litigation process.
- Investigate the case and collect evidence: As your criminal defense team, we will work hard to gather as much evidence as possible to defend your innocence. We will review the traffic report, request video footage from traffic cameras or surveillance cameras, or check other recalibration records, among other evidence we find.
- Attend court hearings on your behalf: A lawyer from our team can represent you in court, meaning they can attend these hearings on your behalf. This can be convenient since court dates are often during typical work hours on weekdays.
- Present the case in front of a judge and jury: Our team can present your case at the court hearing. We will update you on when the court date was scheduled, whether you need to attend, and the verdict of the case.
- Negotiate a plea deal: We may be able to negotiate lesser charges or even have them dismissed entirely, depending on how severe your case is or whether this was a first-time offense.
Our Team can Help You Prepare a Defense
For some people, being pulled over for speeding might seem like a black and white issue, but this is not always true. There are many legal defenses that we may take in your case to reduce or eliminate your speeding charges.
The Traffic Stop was Unlawful
We may argue that you were unlawfully pulled over for speeding due to one or more of the following factors:
- The police officer’s view was obscured by trees or other vehicles, so they did not have a clear view of your offense.
- The officer pulled over the wrong vehicle. For example, if there was heavy traffic and your car looked similar to the speeding vehicle, you might have gotten pulled over by mistake.
- There were no posted speed limit signs (or they were blocked) in the area, so you did not realize you were speeding.
Our team can review the case to see if other factors might have made the traffic stop unlawful.
The Arrest was Unlawful
While many people accused of speeding only receive a traffic ticket, others may be arrested if the police officer accuses them of being uncooperative, driving while under the influence, or another charge.
Should your case involve an arrest, we may review how the arrest took place and check whether:
- You were read your Miranda rights.
- You understood the charges you were facing and why you were being arrested.
- The officer had probable cause to arrest you.
If your rights were violated during the arrest or interrogation, we may use this as a defense against the speeding charges you are facing.
The Police Officer did not Recalibrate Their Speed Radar Unit Properly
Our team may request recalibration records to assess whether the officer recalibrated their speed radar device correctly. This defense argument may help if the officer charged you with speeding while using radar to measure your vehicle’s speed.
Police officers are advised to recalibrate their device every working shift to ensure it accurately measures speed. They must also ensure the device is kept in proper conditions to avoid damage or moisture.
Call McKenzie Law Firm, P.C., to Hire a Speeding Lawyer to Defend You
If you are facing charges for speeding or another traffic offense, call McKenzie Law Firm, P.C. to speak with a team representative about your case.
We can review the case at no charge and explain potential legal defenses you may be able to make. Should you agree to work with us, we can have a lawyer from our team serve you in Philadelphia.