In Pennsylvania, you can be issued a traffic ticket for running a red light in two ways: if the police see you run the light and issue you a ticket, or if you are caught by a red light camera and are sent a ticket in the mail.
Unfortunately, a standard red light ticket issued by a police officer can cause major problems for you and your driving record if you are caught. Red light tickets in Pennsylvania require that individuals who plead guilty pay a fine, which can be quite steep for a simple ticket and can be a financial burden on you and your family.
In addition, you will also have points added to your driving record. In general, points under the Pennsylvania traffic law system vary depending on how severe the offense is considered to be. Running a red light is considered a fairly serious offense, because of the accidents it could cause, and so a red light ticket results in three points being added to your driving record.
But the penalties from points on your driving record add up. Once you reach six points, which can easily be reached after two traffic tickets, you will be required to take a safe driving test for a fee. And as more points are added, you could be facing having your license suspended for weeks or even months, which can be a problem for you and your family if you need to work or travel.
Instead, you should contact one of our experienced Pennsylvania red light ticket lawyers. If you plead not guilty to your ticket, you have a chance to present your case before a traffic court judge. We know how to find evidence to convince a traffic judge that you should not have to face the full extent of the penalties from a red light ticket — for example, the officer may have gotten the wrong car, or maybe you were already in the intersection when the light turned. This will help you have your penalties reduced (or even have your ticket dismissed) so you do not have to face a fine, points on your record, and a possible license suspension.
However, please note that our office will not assist in the defense of a red light camera ticket. The reason for this is that the penalties for red light camera tickets are much lower than a usual red light ticket — you will not have any points added to your driving record for a red light camera ticket. Our clients have found that it is much easier to simply pay the relatively low fine for a red light ticket and move on, rather than try to fight a ticket that will not have serious consequences for you, your family, or your driving record.
If you have gotten a standard red light ticket in Pennsylvania, give our attorneys a call today to begin preparing for your traffic court hearing right away.