Speeding can have serious consequences, especially if this is not your first offense and/or if your alleged actions contributed to a traffic accident. You do not want to leave your future up to chance, so it is a good idea to speak with our firm as soon as possible after you are arrested.
A Montgomery County speeding lawyer from our criminal defense firm can protect you by explaining your rights, collecting evidence to build your defense, negotiating a plea deal if possible, and helping you to expunge your record if applicable. Our Defense Attorney for Montgomery County Crimes at McKenzie Law Firm, P.C. has a longstanding reputation for delivering exceptional legal representation to clients in need.
What Are the Consequences of Speeding in Montgomery County?
According to 75 Pa. C.S.A. § 3362, speeding is a summary offense. This is the “lowest” offense possible in the state of Pennsylvania, and it is punishable by a small fine. The exact amount you must pay depends on how fast you were going.
If speeding is such a minor offense, why should you hire our lawyer to defend you against a speeding ticket? Even in simple cases, the law can be difficult for laypeople to understand and navigate by themselves, and there is no guarantee your case will be simple. Complicating factors could include:
- Prior traffic offenses
- Property damage resulting from your alleged speeding
- Bodily injuries or deaths resulting from your alleged speeding
- If there are multiple parties involved in the case (for example, you were driving someone else’s car, or you allegedly hurt multiple people)
When compounded with other offenses, penalties for speeding can quickly increase. The greater the penalty, the bigger the impact on your:
- Finances: Bigger fines put a bigger strain on your finances, while more time behind bars means more time away from the job you and your family depend on.
- Home life: Being separated from loved ones, even for a short time, can put stress on interpersonal relationships.
- Career: Your present employer may not hold your job for you until you return. Some employers are reluctant to hire those with criminal convictions, even after they have served their time.
- Mental health: Jail and prison can have a severe, negative effect on a person’s mental wellbeing. Even if you are not sentenced to jail, the knowledge that you have a conviction on your record can be very upsetting.
What Our Speeding Lawyer does for Clients
McKenzie Law Firm, P.C. represents clients with simple cases, complex cases, and every type of case in between. Here is how we work.
Crafting a Strong Defense
To convince a judge (and, if necessary, a jury) that you are not guilty, we must build the strongest possible defense. This requires:
- Collecting documentary evidence: This includes physical documents, like the police report, as well as video and photos, like cell phone footage.
- Speaking with relevant parties: We might track down witnesses, recruit experts to offer their opinion, or speak to people who know you in everyday life. We can also, of course, interview you about your experience.
- Analyzing evidence: We can reconstruct what really happened before, during, and after your arrest. If there are any discrepancies—for instance, if the police did not have just cause to pull you over—we can use them to your advantage.
We can use evidence collected during our investigation, as well as our discussions with you, to decide how to minimize both your penalties and your chances of being convicted.
Negotiating a Plea Deal—or Going to Court
In many cases, a judge may be willing to offer you a plea deal. This deal would help you avoid the most onerous penalties and get on with your life faster. Our lawyer can negotiate such an arrangement on your behalf to ensure that you truly receive the best possible deal.
If it is not possible to get a fair plea deal, and if we cannot get the charges dropped outright, we might be able to take your case to court instead. Managing a courtroom trial involves many different tasks, including:
- Selecting jury members
- Scheduling trial dates
- Submitting evidence and other paperwork
- Preparing witnesses to testify
- Questioning witnesses for both the defense and the prosecution
- Presenting oral arguments and evidence
By allowing our Montgomery County speeding lawyer to handle all of this for you, you would not have to worry about determining the fairness of an offered plea deal or following courtroom procedures by yourself.
Expunging Your Record
Per the Pennsylvania Bar Association, some types of crimes can be expunged, or removed, from a person’s record after a period of time. This is true of minor offenses or cases that did not end in a conviction, among others. Expungement means your speeding charge and/or conviction would be permanently sealed from public view.
Speeding, when uncomplicated by other charges, is generally a minor offense. This means we can help you petition to get your record expunged when the time comes.
What Qualifies as Speeding?
In Pennsylvania, there are two different definitions of speeding. Which one applies to you at any given time depends on the circumstances.
In safe driving conditions—the weather is clear, there are no roadway obstructions, and so on—the speed limits are as listed at 75 Pa. C.S.A. § 3362:
- 35 miles per hour (mph) on urban roads
- 25 mph in residential areas
- 65-70 mph on highways
When conditions are unsafe, the definition of speeding becomes less rigid. Drivers are legally required to reduce speed in adverse conditions, like when:
- It is (or was recently) raining, sleeting, or snowing, creating slick surfaces
- It is very foggy and visibility is obstructed
- You encounter an accident, construction site, or other hazard that either blocks the road or causes traffic around you to slow down
In these circumstances, you could be accused and convicted of speeding even if you were following the posted speed limit.
Let Our Speeding Lawyer Defend You in Southeastern Pennsylvania
McKenzie Law Firm, P.C. wants to do everything possible to protect your rights throughout your Montgomery County case. Call (610) 680-7842 to speak with a member of our team today. We are a highly responsive firm that grants clients round-the-clock access to their attorney.