In Part One of our Three Part Series regarding License Suspensions, we introduced generally the topic of license suspensions and the most common causes for a suspended license. As previously mentioned, there are a myriad of reasons a person’s license might be suspended, including non-attentiveness after receipt of a ticket or, to the contrary, being ultra-attentive upon receipt of a ticket.
In today’s second posting regarding license suspensions, we discuss the dangers of non-attentiveness. Consider the following. You receive a ticket for something as minor as a parking ticket, or making an illegal turn. Unfortunately, you forget to promptly respond within the permitted response period (or lose the ticket). Although the court sends out a reminder, you either do not receive it or forget again to respond. That “failure to respond” will then be promptly reported by the local court to Penndot and Penndot, in turn, will suspend your driver’s license.
It is not infrequent for people who “failed to respond” and who had their license suspended, to not even know their license was suspended. These individuals then drive only to get pulled over and cited for “Driving Under Suspension”. This violation alone calls for a one year suspension. The moving or parking violation is the original violation, and when you eventually plead guilty to the citation and pay the fine, you are subsequently admitting guilt to driving under suspension.
For the foregoing reasons, it is critical that you be aware of the full penalty before pleading guilty to any offenses and paying the fines.
NOTICE: If you’re license has been suspended or you’re facing the potential of a license suspension, the attorneys at Howland Hess O’Connell are available today to help you. Michael Cassidy is very experienced with the Motor Vehicle Code, Penndot’s schedule of penalties, and, most importantly the police officers and judicial system that handle these citations. Competent legal advice can save money (in fines, costs, and higher insurance premiums), and quite frequently, the loss of your driver’s license.
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