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Points on Your Pennsylvania Driver’s License? We Can Help.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will add points to your record if you plead guilty, or are found guilty, of many moving traffic violations.

With six or more points on your driving record, you may have to pay more for your car insurance. You may also risk having your license suspended. If you recently received several points on your record after a traffic ticket in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, or elsewhere in Pennsylvania, call Mike Worgul or Samir Sarna at (412) 281-2146 to discuss your case. We offer free consultations.

Traffic Violations and Points in Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) uses a point system to track your behavior on the road.

Most moving violations will put points on your driving record. Some typical violations and the points they carry, include:

  • Failure to obey authorized person directing traffic — 2 points
  • Violation of restriction on driver’s license (wearing glasses, etc.) — 2 points
  • Failure to stop for a red light — 3 points
  • Improper passing at a bridge or tunnel — 3 points
  • Following too closely (tailgating) — 3 points
  • Failure to stop for stop sign — 3 points
  • Illegal U-turns — 3 points
  • Failure to stop at railroad crossings — 4 points
  • Careless driving — 3 points
  • Leaving the scene of an accident with property damage — 4 points
  • Exceeding the speed limit by six to 10 MPH — 2 points
  • Exceeding the speed limit by 11 to 15 MPH — 3 points and a 15-day suspension if it occurs in a work zone
  • Exceeding the speed limit by 16 to 25 MPH: 4 points and a 15-day license suspension if it occurs in a work zone
  • Exceeding the speed limit by 26 to 30 MPH: 5 points and a 15-day license suspension if it occurs in a work zone
  • Exceeding the speed limit by 31 MPH or more: 5 points, a 15-day license suspension if it occurs in a work zone. The hearing officer may also give you additional penalties.

How to Get Points Off of Your License in Pennsylvania

For every 12 consecutive months after the date of your last offense that you drive without a traffic conviction, you can get three points taken off your record.

Steps to Take if You Receive a Traffic Ticket in Pennsylvania

When you receive the citation from the police officer who issues it, be sure to check it over for accuracy. Key items to note are your name, date of birth, address, driver’s license number, and other identifying information. If there are any issues with the citation, contact the court to get this fixed. If your name is misspelled or your driver’s license has two digits swapped, that doesn’t mean you can get out of the ticket. You have 10 days to respond to the citation. If you don’t, you could face additional fees and possibly even a driver’s license suspension.

When faced with a traffic ticket, it’s worth contacting an experienced Pittsburgh traffic lawyer to determine what your options are. If you pay the ticket, you’re agreeing to points on your license and that you effectively committed the offense with which you were charged. That also means a potential increase in your auto insurance once your insurance company sees that you have recently committed a traffic offense. This could have a lasting impact on your premiums and ability to obtain coverage. Call an experienced criminal defense lawyer at our firm today at (412) 281-2146 or contact us online.

Questions? Contact Our Pittsburgh Traffic Lawyers.

Your rights are at stake and you need the best defense to keep them. I will fight using the strongest defense available to get your Traffic Violations charge reduced or dismissed so you can move on with your life.

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