Moving Violations Attorney
Traffic Ticket Attorney in Harrisburg
Traffic tickets can be costly and time consuming. However, a traffic ticket can cost you much more than just money. They can also result suspension of driving privileges, and in some instances even imprisonment. A traffic violation does not have to be serious (like a DUI) in order to result in suspension of your driver’s license. Under the Pennsylvania Point System, a certain number of points are assessed against one’s license for a particular traffic violation. Accumulation of points can eventually lead to suspension of one’s license. In addition, each unresolved point accumulated on your license can result in an average increase of $800 to $1,200 per year on your car insurance.
Harrisburg Moving Violations: Fighting the Ticket
There are over 35 traffic violations listed in the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code for which traffic tickets and points are issued. The following are some examples of the moving violations listed in the code:
- Failure to stop at a stop sign or a traffic light
- Failure to stop for a school bus with flashing red lights
- Reckless Driving
- Careless driving
- Driving on the wrong side of the road
- DUI, including underage DUI (if an attorney is involved prior to the trial, often a sentence can be reduced to counseling and community service instead of loss of license and other penalties)
- Improper passing on a hill
- Failure to stop when entering a driveway, alley or building
Each traffic violation has its own penalties and has a different point value. As an example, the violation of failure to stop for a school bus with flashing red lights will result in 5 points on one’s license as well as a mandatory 60 day suspension of one’s license. Failure to stop for a stop sign would result in 3 points on one’s license. In addition, there are time strict time limitations that must be adhered to in order to protect oneself.
Also, in Pennsylvania, guilt for a traffic violation is on a “strict liability” basis, which means that proof of “criminal intent” is not necessary for a conviction – proof that the traffic violation occurred is usually sufficient for the conviction of the person who violated the traffic law. Due to the complexity of the law in Pennsylvania and the strict time limitations, legal representation by a knowledgeable and experienced attorney is imperative to assure that one’s legal rights are protected. The attorneys at Colgan & Associates, LLC are professional and very experienced in this area of the law can help you defend the ticket in court.
If you have received a ticket for a moving violation, whether it is your first ticket or not, contact a traffic ticket attorney right away to make sure your rights are protected. Our legal team serves all of South Central Pennsylvania including Gettysburg, Camp Hill, Carlisle, Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, York, Adams County, Cumberland County, Dauphin County, Perry County, York County and surrounding areas.