Posts Tagged ‘Traffic Ticket Lawyer Berks County’

Spotlight Issue: Loss of driver’s license for driving with suspended registration

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

In Pennsylvania, many motor vehicle offenses result in a driver’s license suspension that isn’t immediately apparent to the driver. One such offense is driving a vehicle with a suspended registration. Vehicle registration can be suspended for 3 reasons – lapse in insurance coverage, as the result of a citation or accident, or because of unpaid Turnpike tolls. Most suspensions are for 3 months. Appeals of a PennDot license suspension must be filed within 30 days of the date that the suspension notice is mailed. The appeal is heard by the Court of Common Pleas. Registration suspension can often be ended immediately by providing proof of insurance coverage and paying a large fine. Once a vehicle’s registration is suspended, if the car is driven by the owner, or with permission of the owner, the owner can be charged with violating 75 Pa. C.S. 1371. The criminal penalty for this offense is only a fine of $100 – $500 and it is handled in front of a Magisterial District Judge. But, a conviction will result in a separate and automatic 3-month driver’s license suspension by PennDot. This may be an unexpected consequence for many people who have pled guilty to the traffic ticket.

A client recently came to our office after pleading guilty to driving her vehicle when the registration was suspended. She was not represented by an attorney at that time. After her conviction, this client received a notice of a 3-month license suspension from PennDot. Aside from the difficulties associated with any license suspension, this client was in the process of obtaining a new job and needed a valid license to be hired. She came to our office for help. Attorney McAllister filed a timely Notice of Appeal. Any summary conviction in front of a Berks County Magisterial District Judge can be appealed to the Court of Common Pleas in Reading, PA. Attorney McAllister brought with him to that hearing evidence that the client was not aware that her registration was suspended and proof that she had restored her registration on the same day that she received the traffic citation. Attorney McAllister was able to negotiate with the Assistant District Attorney and his client was allowed to plead guilty to a different offense that did not result in a license suspension. This client’s job was no longer in jeopardy.

If you’ve been charged with driving a vehicle with a suspended registration, or any other traffic citation in Berks County, contact our experienced criminal law attorneys. Even though you think that the citation will only result in a fine, there could be more serious consequences that will surprise you. Call us at 610-372-5128 or email at info@enmlaw.com.

ENM Law News: No jail time for 1543(a) violator

Friday, June 30th, 2017

Traffic tickets can often have relatively minor consequences, but in certain cases those same traffic tickets can have major consequences involving mandatory jail sentences. One such ticket is a violation of 1543(a) for driving with a suspended license. A first conviction usually results in a fine and an additional license suspension. But subsequent convictions can lead to jail sentences and a sixth or subsequent convictions leads to a mandatory sentence of 30 days to 6 months of incarceration.

A recent client came to Attorney McAllister facing the most serious sentence for a 1543(a) charge: a mandatory jail sentence of 30 days to 6 months. Attorney McAllister took the case and worked hard to negotiate a deal for this client that did not include ANY jail time. Attorney McAllister’s representation made a huge difference in this client’s case. If you’re facing a mandatory jail sentence for a 1543(a) violation in Berks County, you need an attorney who knows how to get you the best results. Contact our Reading, PA criminal law attorneys at 610-372-5128 or email us at info@enmlaw.com.

ENM Law News: Reduced Penalty for Speeding Ticket in Berks County

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

A client was ticketed for driving 82 mph in a 55 mph zone.  Our attorneys were able to convince the police officer to change the violation to 5 mph over the speed limit.  This amended violation resulted in a reduced fine and drastically reduced the number of license points that the client received.  This was a crucial change because the accrual of 6 license points results in sanctions for the license holder.  You don’t have to automatically plead guilty when you receive a traffic ticket in the mail.  Instead, contact us to see if we can help.  Call (610) 372-5128.

Client Avoids 1 Year License Suspension

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Attorney Ryan W. McAllister represented a client who was charged with driving on a suspended license, 75 Pa.C.S.A. 1543(a), which is a summary traffic offense.  Our client was charged with this citation in Berks County, Pennsylvania; she was facing fines and court costs of over $500.00 if convicted as well as a mandatory 1 year additional license suspension through PennDOT.  Our client had just graduated from a local college and was beginning the job hunt.  Needless to say, a 1 year license suspension would have an extremely detrimental effect on our client’s ability to get and keep a job.

Attorney McAllister had prepared a defense to present to the Judge at the hearing in Berks County District Court.  Before the hearing started, though, he approached the officer was had issued the citation and explained our client’s circumstances.  Attorney McAllister was able to negotiate a plea agreement with the officer so that our client wouldn’t lose her license for an additional 1 year.

Based on the agreement negotiated by Attorney McAllister, our client saved several hundred dollars in fines and court costs and avoided a 1 year license suspension.  Additionally, Attorney McAllister was able to get our client’s license restored from a “suspended” status to a “valid” status.

Needless to say, our client was very happy with the outcome of her case.  If you or someone you know has been charged with a traffic citation in Reading, Pa, or Berks County, please contact us right away at 610-372-5128 to setup a free consultation with one of our experienced and dedicated attorneys.  We have represented hundreds of clients in Berks County District Court traffic cases, and we have had a lot of success helping clients keep their licenses.