Traffic crimes can range from running a red light to driving under the influence (DUI). Depending on the severity of the crime and whether you committed the same offense previously, you could face fines, license suspension, and even jail time if convicted.
If you are currently facing charges for a traffic offense, consider working with a traffic crimes lawyer at McKenzie Law Firm, P.C. Our attorneys serve people in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas in Pennsylvania, and we are available by email, text, and phone once you become our client. Read more to learn about our legal services.
McKenzie Law Firm, P.C., Represents People Facing Various Traffic Crime Charges
Our criminal defense team at McKenzie Law Firm, P.C., handles cases involving various traffic crimes. Some of the cases we handle include:
- Reckless driving
- Aggressive driving or road rage
- Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license
- Driving without a license or vehicle registration
- Driving without automobile insurance
- Leaving an accident scene (hit and run)
- Running a red light or stop sign
- Fleeing and eluding
- Causing a serious injury by vehicle
Our law firm also handles other cases involving traffic offenses not listed here.
If you face fines, points on your driving record, or even jail time, we may be able to help you reduce or eliminate your charges. Once we review your case, we can explain potential legal defenses you may be able to argue.
Pennsylvania Points System
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) regulates a points system in the state. It provides The Pennsylvania Point System Fact Sheet for drivers to understand the repercussions they face should they accrue too many points on their driving record.
Every driver in Pennsylvania has a driving record, which details any traffic violations they commit. Each type of traffic violation accrues points, but the amount of points varies based on the severity of the crime. Once a driver has at least six points, they may be subject to corrective action, such as:
- Driver’s license suspension or revocation
- Written point examinations
- Special on-road driver’s examinations
- Departmental hearings
- Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) for DUI offenses
- Ignition interlock devices for DUI offenses
- Jail sentences
If you do not commit any offenses for 12 consecutive months, three points are removed from your driving record. Our legal team can review how the Pennsylvania points system may affect the charges you face based on your driving record and history.
Our Attorneys can Manage Your Case from the Moment You Agree to be Our Client
Once you agree to work with a traffic crimes lawyer from our firm, our legal team can take steps to prepare your case. Below are some of the services we offer each of our clients:
We can Investigate Your Case to Collect Supporting Evidence
One of the first steps to building your case will involve investigating your traffic stop and/or arrest in Philadelphia. We will review the official police report about your charges and determine whether there is more supporting evidence we can use to defend you.
Evidence may include:
- Eyewitness testimony
- Traffic camera footage
- Surveillance camera footage
- Dashcam footage
- Breathalyzer or chemical testing results
- Radar calibration records
- Driving records
- Cell phone records
If you believe you have evidence to support your case, feel free to mention this to our legal team while we are reviewing your case.
We can Attend Hearings on Your Behalf to Advocate for Your Innocence
Court hearings can be inconvenient in that they are often scheduled on a weekday during typical working hours, which might not work with your schedule. A traffic crimes lawyer from our team can attend these hearings in your place as your representative.
Our team will notify you about case updates, reschedulings, and verdicts you receive.
We can Offer Legal Advice Throughout Your Case
The idea of being penalized for a traffic crime can be intimidating, especially if it seems like you have an uphill battle to overcome to defend yourself. However, you may have a stronger case than you think.
With our experience in handling traffic crimes cases like yours, we can advise you on what legal actions and defenses to make. We aim to comfort you when you have concerns and be available whenever you have questions. Once you become our client, you will be able to access us via:
- Phone, including text messages
- Social media, like Facebook
We may be Able to Negotiate Lesser Charges for You
In some cases, defendants may be able to negotiate lesser charges or even a dismissal of their charges altogether. This can happen if:
- This instance is your first offense of a traffic crime.
- The police do not have evidence that you committed a traffic crime.
- The police officer who conducted your traffic stop did not appear in court.
- You agree to serve other penalties in exchange for a reduction in charges.
We can Help You Build Your Defense Against the Charges You Face
Depending on the specifics of your case, we may be able to use the following arguments to defend your case:
- The police officer had no probable cause to pull you over: Police officers must have probable cause to pull someone over for a traffic crime. We may argue that certain factors prevented them from clearly seeing if you committed a crime, such as obstructed view because of trees or too many vehicles on the road.
- You were unlawfully arrested for a traffic crime: Even as you are getting arrested, you are entitled to certain rights. We can review how the officer handled your arrest and interrogation. If the officer violated your Miranda rights, we could argue that your arrest was unlawful.
- The testing equipment or methods used to charge you were inaccurate: Police officers must recalibrate radar devices and breathalyzers every working shift. Field sobriety tests can be inaccurate. If we can verify that the police officer’s equipment or methods used to charge you were faulty, this may help your defense.
Our Defense Team at McKenzie Law Firm, P.C., Wants to Represent You
If you are facing potential fines, jail time, or other legal consequences for a traffic offense, call McKenzie Law Firm, P.C., for a free case review at (610) 991-7219. We can have a traffic crimes lawyer serving Philadelphia help you build a defense against the charges you are facing. When the pressure is on, we shine, not burn.