Traffic Violations

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Traffic Attorney in Harrisburg

Our Firm Handles Traffic Violations in PA

While most traffic violations in PA will not result in jail time or criminal penalties, they can become worse over time. In Pennsylvania, receiving a traffic violation will add points to your driving record, and with enough points, your license can be suspended and you can receive a fine.

You should be cautious any time you are cited for a traffic violation in PA to ensure you avoid further consequences. Get help from the Harrisburg lawyer at the Dorward Law Firm today. We offer free consultations to help you learn more about how to fight your charges and protect your driving privileges.

Our firm handles the following types of traffic violations in Pennsylvania:

  • Speeding
  • Reckless Driving
  • Distracted Driving
  • Running a Red Light or Stop Sign
  • Driving Without a License
  • Driving with a Suspended License
  • And Many More 

Received a traffic violation in PA? Get started by dialing our Harrisburg traffic defense lawyer at (717) 429-0411 or contacting us online.

Fighting Your Traffic Ticket in Pennsylvania

For most people, a traffic ticket is an annoyance that can be dealt with as it comes. For others, however, admitting guilt by paying a ticket is not a luxury they can afford. While law enforcement may make a compelling case for why you should just pay it, there are many reasons not to.

Our Harrisburg traffic defense attorney may be able to help you prove:

  • The police officer made a subjective conclusion: Law enforcement are free to make guesses about how fast a driver was traveling and whether or not they did so safely. This leaves a lot of room for error that must not be used to penalize you.
  • The police officer is not telling the truth: If you have witnesses or video evidence proving you were not guilty of the alleged violation, our firm can help you demonstrate that the police officer is not telling the whole truth.
  • You could not have known you broke a law: Traffic signals are not always perfect. If a new stop sign was installed, it may take a little while to get used to it. This is not the same as being a dangerous driver.
  • You had to break the law: If you were caught speeding because of an emergency or to avoid harm, let the Dorward Law Firm help you prove that.

Pennsylvania's Points System

In Pennsylvania, the driving record points system is used to track and penalize drivers for traffic violations. So, if a driver is convicted of a traffic violation, they will receive a certain number of points on their driving record. These points can accumulate over time, and when a driver accumulates too many points, they may face penalties such as license suspension or increased insurance rates.

If a driver accumulates 6 or more points on their driving record for the first time, they will be required to take a special written point examination within 30 days to have 2 points removed from the record. If a driver has their record reduced below 6 points and then reaches 6 or more points for a second time, they must attend a Departmental Hearing to determine if the driver must take the special driver’s exam or have their license suspended.

If a driver accumulates 11 or more points, the driver’s license will be suspended automatically. For every 12 consecutive months a person drivers without a violation, 3 points will be removed from the driver record.

Driving Under Suspensions in PA

Your driver’s license could be suspended for any number of reasons, which impacts your ability to get to work or take care of daily tasks. If you are caught driving with a suspended license, you could face additional charges, resulting in fines and possible jail time.

If you were charged with driving under suspension (DUS), contact the Dorward Law Firm. We have helped minimize penalties for many individuals, and we are ready to do the same for you. We understand what it takes to build a strong case, and we want to help you tell your side of the story.

Charges and Penalties Under Section 1543(a) 
Many DUS cases fall under section 1543(a), which defines the penalties of license suspension for failure to pay traffic tickets.

A violation under this section is considered a summary offense, and possible penalties include:

  • License suspension for an additional year
  • A fine of $200
  • Possible jail time for multiple DUS charges

Charges and Penalties Under Section 1543(b) 
Section 1543(b) defines penalties for driving with a license that was suspended for DUI. The first two violations under this section are considered summary offenses; the third and subsequent violations are charged as misdemeanors.

Possible conviction penalties include:

  • For a first conviction, a fine of $500 and jail time between 60 and 90 days
  • For a second conviction, a fine of $1,000 and jail time of up to 90 days
  • For a third or subsequent conviction, a fine of $2,500 and jail time of up to 6 months

Fight Your Traffic Violation in PA

Our Harrisburg traffic defense lawyers at The Dorward Law Firm brings over a decade of experience to your case to help you protect your interests and avoid having your driving record harmed by a violation.

Get started on your PA traffic violation case. Call our traffic attorney in Harrisburg at (717) 429-0411 to learn more about your options. 

Experience You Can Count On

  • Removal From Sex Offender Registration Juvenile Subject to Lifetime Sex Offender Registration
  • Success on Appeal Homicide by Vehicle While DUI
  • Charges Dismissed Felony Drug
  • Charges Dismissed DUI Charges for CDL driver
  • Charges Dismissed Driving Under Suspension DUI Related

    What Makes 
    Us Different?

    • We are specifically trained in DUI defense. Visit our bio to learn more!
    • We offer payment plans for your convenience.
    • Over 10 years of legal experience defending the accused.
    • We make ourselves available whenever you need us.