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I Got a Traffic Ticket in Pennsylvania. Now What?

Korey Leslie, Attorney-At-Law, LLC March 22, 2023

Police Officer Writing Traffic Ticket to Woman Sitting in CarA traffic ticket might seem like a small headache, but you could face losing your driver’s license if enough points add up after multiple traffic violations.

A suspended license in Pennsylvania can make it difficult to drive to work or school, drive to medical appointments, pick up your children, and complete countless other errands. And penalties for driving without a license in PA. or driving with a suspended license can start with fines, additional suspensions and lead to jail time.

The criminal defense attorneys at Korey Leslie Attorney-at-Law can help you avoid a license suspension, an additional suspension for driving on a suspended license, or avoid points from a moving violation.

What Should I Do if I Get a Traffic Ticket?

Always plead not guilty or discuss the citation with your Pennsylvania traffic violations attorney before you enter a plea.

Pleading guilty could lead to:

  • paying a fine;

  • incurring points that could lead to license suspension;

  • or seeing an increase in car insurance rates.

Consult a York, PA., defense lawyer to learn what you should do next.

To find your individual driving record and learn how an additional violation could impact you, fill out a request for your driving record via PennDOT’s online form.

What Are My Options if I Lose My License?

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation offers options for those who have lost their driver’s licenses.

Occupational Limited License: An Occupational Limited License (OLL) through PennDOT is a limited driver’s license issued to those who have had their driving privileges suspended. This license allows someone to drive for work, medical treatments, or school.

There are some suspensions that make a driver unable to apply for an OLL, such as passing a school bus, racing on highways, fleeing a police officer and leaving the scene of an accident. Driving under the influence (DUI) and driving while suspended also might prevent someone from receiving an OLL, but there are exceptions. For a complete list of violations, take a look at PennDOT’s OLL fact sheet.

Probationary License: A probationary license is a Class C (non-commercial) license issued once in a lifetime to drivers who have had their Pennsylvania driving privileges suspended. A probationary license allows someone to drive between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. It cannot be used to drive a commercial vehicle, motorcycle, or moped. To qualify, you must have served and consecutively earned credit toward a portion of your suspension period and your driving record must be free of additional offenses. Find complete details by reading PennDOT’s probationary license fact sheet.

Call Korey Leslie Attorney-at-Law today

With the help of a York traffic lawyer, your charges could be dropped and other penalties could be avoided that would cause you to lose your license. Call Korey Leslie Attorney-at-Law to find out how our defense attorneys can help you fight your charges in court.