Everyone does it, and most folks get caught at least once. We might not like to admit it, but we’ve all sped for one reason or another while behind the wheel. With traffic accidents piling up, police in Lower Merion are cracking down on speeders. Police in Lower Merion now are able to use radar guns to clock those of us that dare to speed.
Unfortunately, in Lower Merion, a simple speeding ticket can have some pretty intense consequences. In the State of Pennsylvania a speeding ticket automatically comes with two immediate, automatic consequences: 1) You’re going to pay up. Fine amounts vary depending on how fast you were clocked going over the speed limit. On top of the fine there are court costs, surcharges and additional fees that are added that can add up quick. 2) It’s going on your record. Each speeding offense is worth anywhere from 1-5 points and those points are assessed to your license in line with the severity of the offense. If you earn 6 or more points over a period of time of 12 months, you’ll earn a suspension of your driver’s license in Lower Merion. On top of those two things, you are likely to see your insurance rates climb.
If you’re unlucky and you wind up with a speeding ticket, you’re in luck because you have several options when it comes to a speeding ticket in Lower Merion The first option is to plead guilty, pay the ticket and incur the points on your record. There are several methods for payment including paying online or in person. Paying a speeding ticket in Lower Merion is an admission of guilt and is entered by the court as a guilty plea. Points will be added to your driving record, unless you choose option two.
The second option is to plead not guilty, post collateral, and request a hearing on the matter. At a hearing, you are given an opportunity to contest the ticket and give your side of the story. What seem like reasonable defenses are plentiful, but few are actually legally sound.
Sometimes, being pulled over for speeding can lead to multiple citations for more severe offenses.
It’s difficult to represent yourself in a speeding ticket hearing because of the difficulty involved in proving you were not speeding. This is a great time to get a traffic court attorney involved by visiting us. Your attorney will have access to more records and documents that will enable them to make an arguable claim on your defense.
Visit the Lower Merion Police Department’s website for more information: http://www.lowermerion.org/index.aspx?page=40, or visit them in person at 71 E. Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore, Pennsylvania 19003.
Learn more about your fines and additional penalties, and how to pay or contest your ticket here: http://www.lowermerion.org/index.aspx?page=96#255