Dealing With Pennsylvania Traffic Tickets As An Out Of State Driver
It is a common misconception that a traffic ticket in a state outside of where your license was issued will not adversely affect your license status. Quite the opposite is in fact true. A driving infraction is likely to follow you home and affect your license to a similar degree as would a ticket issued within your home state.
For non-Philadelphia residents, the city and its surrounding areas can be a traffic nightmare. Heavy traffic, poorly displayed signs, and a significant police presence acting as local driving tax collectors makes it all too easy for drivers in the area to end up with a ticket. Those factors plus police seemingly preferring to prey upon those with out of state tags is a recipe for ticket disaster for non-locals.
If you are an out of state driver and you have received a Philadelphia ticket, the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. can help you to resolve your Philadelphia traffic matters, achieving the best possible results so that you can leave your problems here.
Driver License Compact
The reason why your Philadelphia ticket is likely to follow you home is the Driver License Compact (DLC). This agreement is subscribed between most states and even some parts of Canada. Essentially the DLC is an interstate compact in which states share information on driving infractions between the state that the violation occurred and the driver's home state.
As a result, most states will treat a Philadelphia traffic ticket as if it occurred within their own borders. So your Philadelphia traffic ticket you were hoping to ignore will follow you home. The result will be increased insurance premiums and a failure to pay the ticket will result in the possibility of arrest and significant fines upon re-entry into Pennsylvania.
Why Do I Need a Lawyer?
Traffic tickets in every state can be quite burdensome, as the potential penalties include fines, license suspension and even potential jail time. Pennsylvania and your home state are no different. By retaining local counsel you will be utilizing the services of an attorney who is familiar with local laws and how the ticket will affect you here. Your attorney can communicate with an attorney in your home state, when necessary, to see how the ticket may affect you at home as well.
Perhaps more importantly, a local attorney can help you to fight the ticket and at least plea it down so that your home state will be informed of a less serious offense. The traffic attorneys with the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. are routinely in traffic and municipal courts throughout the area, fighting and winning for our clients in a variety of traffic matters. Call us today to schedule a free consultation to see how we can help you.
This content was written on behalf of Greg Prosmushkin.