Almost every driver out there has been pulled over and a large majority of drivers have been issued a traffic citation or speeding ticket. They are the most common citation across the country. Drivers exceed the speed limit for any number of reasons either purposely or inadvertently. It can be as serious as driving under the influence, or as benign as not putting on the brakes when coasting down a steep hill. No matter what the reason behind the speeding is, if you’re issued a speeding ticket in Norristown it can be a nightmarish headache.
Traffic court judges in the area have recently been scrutinized and charges have been pressed in cases concerning the gift ban in Pennsylvania. That hasn’t stopped the municipal police force in Norristown from handing out their quota of speeding tickets.
Unfortunately, in Norristown, a simple speeding ticket can have plenty of unintended consequences. In the State of Pennsylvania a speeding ticket automatically comes with two immediate consequences: 1) You’re going to pay, and probably a lot. Fines vary depending on the severity of the offense, and then fees, court costs and surcharges are added. 2) One or more points are added to your driving record. Depending on the offense anywhere from 1-5 points can be added for a single speeding incident.. 6 or more points earns you a suspension of your driving privileges in Norristown. As if that were not bad enough, you could see rate spikes in your car insurance premiums making driving an expensive improbability, even if you retain your driving privileges.
In some cases, a speeding ticket might seem like the least of your worries, and in other cases a speeding ticket might seem like the end of the world. In some cases, a speeding conviction could mean the loss of a job, or have other far reaching consequences.
Luckily, you have several options when it comes to a ticket in Norristown. 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. Remember that paying a speeding ticket equals a guilty plea and you will incur points on your driving record.
The second option is to plead not guilty 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.
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 Norristown Police Department’s website for more information: http://norristown.org/police or visit them at the Norristown Police Department, 235 East Airy Street, Norristown, PA 19401. Call the Norristown PD at 610-270-0977.
Learn about your fines and additional penalties, pay or contest your ticket here: http://www.montcopa.org/index.aspx?NID=319