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Bucks County Red Light Ticket Lawyer
Almost every one of us has run a red light at least once. Most times, this is unintentional. Perhaps you could not stop fast enough, so you decided to run the light to avoid slamming on the brakes. Maybe you thought you could make it through the yellow light, only to miss it by a second, or maybe you simply were not paying attention. Because running a red light is a Traffic Violation, the penalties for a red light ticket are generally nothing more than 3 points. However, if you caused a serious accident that resulted in property damage and serious injury, the penalties will be severe.
Whether intentionally or by pure accident, almost every driver has driven through a red traffic light at least once in their lifetime. In Bucks County, local law enforcement and state police are constantly observing vehicles at intersections and stopping anyone who goes through a red light. Since many accidents are caused by a driver passing through a red light, law enforcement regularly issues citations for Red Light Tickets.
Since police are not able to catch everyone who runs through a red traffic light, certain intersections possess cameras which capture a photo of the license plate of a vehicle that drives through an intersection on a red light.
Being stopped for a red light offense can be costly, and will lead to Points on Your License, while a red light camera ticket carries a lesser fine, and no points. Despite these lesser consequences, some people may need to contest red light camera ticket due to work standards or other complications. If you have been accused of a red light violation, a lawyer may be able to help.
What Is the Difference Between Being Stopped and Camera Tickets?
If you are stopped for a red light violation and found guilty, you will be required to pay costly fines and three points will be assessed on your driver’s license. The accumulation of points can lead to insurance premium increases and possible PennDOT sanctions, depending on your driving record. This can make what you may believe to be a minor ticket into a major issue.
A red light camera ticket carries no points and a flat fine. However, those with commercial driver's licenses or other employment considerations may need to retain a lawyer regardless of state penalties, as it may be a violation of your employment policy to receive a camera ticket.
Can I Fight a Red Light Ticket?
There are defenses to Red Light Tickets. An experienced lawyer knows the questions to ask and the observational requirements a police officer must prove in order for you to be found guilty of failure to stop for a red light.
Camera tickets are more technical than being pulled over for a Red Light Ticket. As cameras can make mistakes, an experienced lawyer knows what to look for, and can raise defenses as to the maintenance of the camera, the timing of the photo, and who was actually driving the vehicle.
Why Do I Need an Attorney?
At The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C., our experienced attorneys have handled Red Light Tickets from Warrington to Morrisville and everywhere in between at both the Magisterial District Court level and the Common Pleas level. Our attorneys are trained in analyzing and breaking down speed timing devices. In many occasions, we have been able to get our clients a reduction or elimination of points, lowered fines, no suspension, and dismissals of their tickets.
When faced with a Red Light Ticket, hiring an intelligent and experienced defense attorney is a good first step in protecting your rights and your license.
This content was written on behalf of Greg Prosmushkin.