Harrisburg Traffic Violations Lawyer
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.
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.
At the Dorward Law Firm we 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.
Driving Under Suspensions
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.
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
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. We understand what it takes to build a strong case, and we want to help you tell your side of the story.
Get started on your PA traffic violation case. Call (717) 429-0411 to learn more about your options.