Philadelphia Excessive Speeding Ticket Lawyer
Speeding has become a norm for many drivers across the nation. Most motorists cruise the highways at ten miles per hour over the posted speed limit without a shred of concern that they will be pulled over for speeding. This mentality can prove quite problematic, for it sometimes causes drivers to increase their speed over time. What many drivers have forgotten is that exceeding the speed limit is against the law. Every day, more than 112.000 people receive a traffic violation somewhere in the United States. In Pennsylvania, motorists who have been charged with excessive speeding are at risk of facing hefty fines, and a possible license suspension.
Have you received a ticket for speeding? Most speeding tickets which are not attached to other traffic offenses will result only in fines and points on your license. However, those points can accumulate, and result in a loss of license and significantly higher insurance premiums. Excessive speeding carries the most severe penalties among speeding infractions, and should be contested whenever possible. Preserving your license is important to you. Call The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. today to schedule a free consultation with one of our traffic attorneys. Keeping you behind the wheel is important to us to.
What Is Excessive Speeding?
Excessive speeding in Pennsylvania is defined as exceeding the speed limit by 31 mph or more. This ticket will trigger a mandatory hearing with PennDOT. Failure to attend this hearing will result in an automatic 60-day suspension of one’s driving privileges.
At the PennDOT hearing a determination will be made by the examiner as to an appropriate penalty for the infraction. Either a road test or a 15-day suspension will be levied. You do not have to bring counsel to this hearing, however it may be in your best interests to do so. It is important that you put your best foot forward in this arena as a 15-day suspension will carry with it five points on your driving record. These points will certainly affect your insurance premiums, and perhaps more importantly, may affect your driving privileges.
Understanding Traffic Violation Points
Points are awarded based upon the specific violation. While excessive speeding may result in five points, lesser traffic offense carry less points with some minor infractions being no point tickets. What is important to understand is that the accumulation of points may impact your driving privileges.
The first time you accumulate six points, you will have 30 days to take and pass a written exam. If you do not pass the exam in that time frame, your license will be suspended until you do pass. Upon successful completion of the exam, two points will be removed from your driving record. The next time you accumulate six points, the results will be the same as those for excessive speeding: a hearing and either a road test or 15-day suspension. As with the first offense, you will have 30 days to pass this test or face suspension. Once passed, the suspension will be lifted and two points will be removed from your record. Subsequent accumulations of six points will result in PennDOT hearings where a 30-day suspension may be imposed.
If you accumulate 11+ points, your license will automatically be suspended. The duration of this suspension is dependent upon the number of times your license has been suspended:
- First suspension: 5 days per point accumulated
- Second suspension: 10 days per point
- Third suspension: 15 days per point
- Subsequent suspensions: 1 year
If you have been issued a ticket for excessive speeding, call The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. today to set up a free consultation. We will prepare you for your PennDOT hearing, and accompany you if necessary. Let us help you preserve your driving record and privileges.
This content was written on behalf of an experienced Philadelphia auto accident lawyer Greg Prosmushkin.