Bucks County Lawyer for Defending Speeding Tickets
Many Bucks County residents often wonder if it is even worth it to fight a speeding ticket. They might assume that there are no defenses to speeding tickets, and conclude that the time and aggravation often outweigh the benefit of potentially saving a few dollars. Unfortunately, this misconception can lead to significant and severe impacts on your driving privileges. The fact is, Speeding Tickets can lead to points on your license, carry lofty fines, and cause your insurance premiums to increase. So, not only should you contest a Speeding Ticket, but in all likelihood, you should give serious consideration to retaining representation when faced with a speeding ticket.
Speeding Tickets for exceeding the speed limit 5 mph or more in Pennsylvania will carry points, leading to costs exceeding the fine itself. If you already have points on your license from other matters or are concerned about maintaining a clean driving record, you will need to fight these tickets. Likewise, if you are caught speeding in a School Zone or Construction Zone you should contest the citation, as the penalties are even more severe. Do not simply pay the fine. Consider how the potential consequences will affect you both in the short and the long term
But Won’t the Judge Just Believe the Officer?
This is a constant misconception when it comes to dealing with traffic tickets. Many residents believe that the courts will always take the word of an officer over that of the party issued a ticket. While judges are aware that you are there to fight your ticket, and that it is in your best interest to have the ticket reduced or dismissed, an officer’s testimony is not always enough to prove the state's case. In Pennsylvania, traffic citations, including Speeding Tickets require the Commonwealth to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt. This puts a heavy burden on the police officers, and provides you with the opportunity to defend yourself.
Many people do not realize that in order to prove your speed, law enforcement and state troopers rely on speed monitoring devices, such as radar guns and speed timers. These devices are very technical, and require frequent calibration. It may have been that an officer was using an improperly calibrated device and got your speed all wrong.
This will not always be the case. However, when facing points and costly fines, isn’t defending yourself worth a shot?
Why Do I Need an Attorney?
At The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. our experienced Bucks County attorneys have handled countless speeding tickets from Holland to Durham and everywhere in between in both the Magisterial District Court and Common Pleas level. While this experience may be frightening and new to you, you can rest assured in knowing that we have successfully handled and routinely seen situations just like yours.
If you have received a citation for speeding anywhere in Bucks County, hiring an intelligent and experienced defense lawyer is an important first step in protecting your rights and your license.
This content was written on behalf of Greg Prosmushkin.