Bucks County Traffic Offense Lawyer
Traffic tickets may not seem like a matter for a criminal defense lawyer, but the penalties and fines associated with traffic tickets can build up and become a serious problem. Especially when traffic ticket charges involve reckless driving or drunk driving, traffic offenses can even lead to potential license suspensions and jail time.
Working with a lawyer can help you avoid fines and points on your license. If the police officer that pulled you over had uncalibrated speed testing equipment or if there were problems with the signs or signals they claim you violated, our attorneys can challenge your tickets and fight to get tickets dropped.
If you or a loved one has traffic tickets that you need help within Bucks County, contact Young, Marr & Associates today. Our Bucks County traffic offense lawyers work to help our clients get their tickets and other traffic charges dismissed. For your free case consultation, call us at (215) 372-8667.
How To Fight Traffic Tickets in Bucks County, PA
When you are faced with any criminal charges or citations, you have the right to your day in court. With traffic court, your case is not always taken as seriously by police and judges who clear dozens or hundreds of these cases each day. However, when your finances, your license, and your freedom are on the line, you can certainly hire a traffic offense lawyer to help with your case and take the charges seriously.
Going to Court
When you are given a traffic ticket or citation, it usually has a court date on it and tells you what court to go to challenge the charges against you. This will be important information for you and your lawyer to know where to fight the case. When you arrive, the judge will have a list of cases and will run through the list. If there is no one there to challenge a case or if the ticket has already been paid, this functions as a guilty plea. If you are present and wish to challenge the ticket, you may be given a hearing.
At a traffic court hearing, the police officer has to be present to testify. Often, if the officer does not show up or is called away to duty, the judge may be able to drop the ticket because there is no one to testify against you. If the officer does testify, your lawyer can cross-examine them and ask questions that can help put holes in their testimony and challenge the evidence presented.
Ways to Dismiss Traffic Tickets
Often, judges throw out traffic ticket cases if the officer’s testimony or evidence has any of the following problems:
- Speed testing equipment was not properly tested or calibrated
- The officer has wrong or inaccurate information (e.g., wrong day, wrong weather, the wrong color of your vehicle)
- The officer admits to not having seen the violation take place
- The officer cannot identify the defendant
You can also present your own evidence that might cast doubt on the officer’s testimony or the possibility of the charges. For example, if there was a tree obscuring your view of a traffic sign or traffic light, it could be difficult to fairly enforce that sign/signal against you. Photos of the sign and other evidence – such as your testimony – could be presented.
Challenging Serious Traffic Charges: Reckless Driving, DUI, and Vehicular Assault
If you are charged with any serious traffic charges, there could be criminal penalties associated with them. Charges for reckless driving, driving under the influence (DUI), and vehicular assault are some examples of these serious charges.
Reckless driving is a separate offense from other charges. This means that something like speeding alone should not be charged as reckless driving, and there must be some additional factor that makes your actions “reckless” and not just another simple traffic violation. If the police officer cannot testify to an issue that satisfies this element, our attorneys may be able to challenge the reckless driving charges and have them reduced or dismissed.
Driving under the influence is a very serious charge that often comes with fines, license suspensions, and jail time. Most first-time DUI defendants in Pennsylvania can qualify for ARD, a program that allows them to seek treatment and participate in courses to avoid future drunk driving. This may still come with a license suspension, and there is no guarantee that you will be accepted to ARD. If ARD is not an option, our attorneys can also fight the charges by challenging the legality of the traffic stop, the evidence used against you, and the police officer’s testimony.
If you hit someone with your car while doing something dangerous, it is possible you could face charges of vehicular assault, recklessly endangering another person (REAP), or other associated charges. These charges can come from serious accidents, and you should seek the help of an experienced Bucks County traffic offense lawyer to help you avoid jail time and fines.
Traffic Ticket Points in Bucks County
If you are convicted of a traffic offense, you could have points put on your driver’s license. Most moving violations come with points. If you accrue 6 points, you will be given a warning and be forced to take an exam to keep driving. If you accumulate 6 points a second time, you could have your license suspended for 15 days or be ordered to take your driver’s test again. Talk to a Buck County traffic offense lawyer early on for help avoiding tickets with points and for help getting points removed from your record.
Call Our Bucks County Traffic Offense Lawyers for Help
If you were pulled over for a traffic offense in Bucks County, the Bucks County traffic offense lawyers at Young, Marr & Associates may be able to help you with your case. Call us at (215) 372-8667 today to schedule a free legal consultation.