Getting a traffic ticket is an experience that many Pennsylvanians go through at some point in their lives. If you have a clean driving record, you may be tempted to pay off the fine and move on. However, if you’re being charged with a traffic violation that threatens your driving privileges, you should consider contesting it.
A Montgomery County traffic ticket lawyer from McKenzie Law Firm, P.C. is ready to advocate for you. We offer case reviews where we can discuss your options.
Violations That Can Get You a Traffic Ticket in Montgomery County
We represent people who are facing these traffic violations:
- Speeding. Even if you were going below the speed limit, you may face a speeding violation. For instance, if you were going too fast on a congested highway, you could get a speeding ticket.
- Aggressive driving. Aggressive driving refers to any behavior that puts other road users at risk of harm. Examples include tailgating, engaging in road rage, and weaving in and out of lanes.
- Driving on a suspended license. If you drive on a suspended license, you could lose your driving privileges and face hefty fines.
- Disobeying traffic laws. You may have missed a red light or sped in a school zone. If this isn’t your first offense, you could lose the right to drive for a certain period.
We help defendants with other traffic violations than those listed here.
How a Traffic Ticket Attorney Can Help Contest the Ticket
When you partner with an attorney from McKenzie Law Firm, P.C., they can:
- Review how the law applies to your case. We regularly review changes in Pennsylvania traffic laws. That way, we can use these laws to your advantage. For example, if you got a ticket for failing to yield in an intersection, we can check whether the exceptions in Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes Title 75 Section 3321 apply to you.
- Gather proof to support your case. Your lawyer will gather evidence to assert your side of the story. For example, suppose you were speeding during your child’s medical emergency. In that case, the lawyer can help compile the medical records showing that you had a valid reason to go past the maximum speed limit.
- Keep you updated on your case. You’ll always know what’s going on with your case when you partner with McKenzie Law Firm, P.C. If you ever have any questions about your situation, you can reach your lawyer personally via their cellphone or email.
Why Contest a Traffic Violation in Montgomery County?
One might assume that not having to pay the fines would be the main draw of contesting a traffic ticket. However, traffic violations have other consequences that are often heftier than the fine itself. Some reasons to consider partnering with our team include:
You Can Minimize Risk of License Suspensions
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) maintains a driver’s license point system. For instance, going between 6-10mph over the speed limit would get you 2 points. Meanwhile, failing to stop or yield at a stop or yield sign would garner 3 points.
Once you get six points, you can lose the right to drive for a certain period. This would:
- Make it difficult for you to run errands
- Prevent you from taking your children to and from school
- Limit your employment options
- Cost you hundreds of dollars in rideshare services
- Force you to use public transportation
You don’t want to lose your driving privileges because you made a mistake or were wrongfully charged with a crime. Our lawyer will assess your situation and help you maintain a clean driving record.
You Can Avoid Higher Auto Insurance Rates
Every motorist in Pennsylvania must maintain liability insurance. If you have multiple traffic infractions on your record, the insurance company will charge you more to maintain coverage. It’ll assume that, because you get traffic tickets, you’re more likely to cause a collision.
If your lawyer successfully disputes your traffic violation, the insurer would have no incentive to raise your premiums. This could save you both money and stress in the long run.
You Could Lose Eligibility for Certain Jobs
If you have a traffic infraction, this could hurt your ability to apply for certain jobs. For instance, if you want to drive for a rideshare company, any moving violation could make you ineligible. The same applies if you want to apply for a commercial driver’s license.
Your Traffic Ticket Team Can Employ These Defense Strategies
We may assert one or more of the following to preserve your right to drive:
The Attending Police Officer Made an Error
It is also possible that the Montgomery County police officer made a mistake when they issued the traffic ticket to you. For example, their radar speed gun may have had calibration errors, leading to inaccurate speed readings. Another error would be if they mistook your car for another traffic violator’s vehicle.
In these cases, the Montgomery County traffic ticket lawyer can help investigate whether the law enforcement officer acted erroneously. But, of course, it would also be the officer’s duty to provide proof of their claims. If they cannot give sufficient evidence, then the ticket could be dismissed.
You Were the Victim of Identity Theft
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles, identity theft may be at play if you receive traffic tickets for violations you did not commit. Someone else with access to your personal information may be using it to divert the tickets to you.
Fortunately, you can have this problem reviewed by the court and the police department that issued the ticket. If successful, they can drop the charges against you and check what details need updating or corrections.
You didn’t Break the Law
The prosecution must have evidence that you committed a crime to hold you accountable. If it doesn’t have compelling evidence, we can move to have the ticket reduced or dismissed.
Find Help from a Traffic Ticket Lawyer Here
Contesting a traffic ticket is more than getting out of a fine; it’s also about protecting your right to drive. If you want to dispute a ticket here in Montgomery County, McKenzie Law Firm, P.C. is always open for a consultation. Dial (610) 680-7842 to learn more about partnering with our defense team.