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

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.

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

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. 

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

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

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.

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