Suspended Driving/Traffic Offenses
Driving with a revoked or suspended license is a crime in Pittsburgh, as it is all throughout Pennsylvania.
There are two types of driving while suspended charges in Pennsylvania: the regular driving while suspended, code "1543(a)," offense, and the more serious, code "1543(b)," offense of driving with a suspended license (DUI related). The codes referred to, “1543(a)” and “1543(b),” are found in the Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Code and are specific to driving under suspension.
The "(a)" offense in Pennsylvania is a summary offense, which means it is minor. Sometimes, summary offenses are referred to as “non-traffic citations.” A 1543(a) summary offense comes with a $200 mandatory fine and a license suspension of one year.
The courts cannot convict you of driving while suspended unless they can prove the following three things: (1) you were operating your motor vehicle on a highway, surface street, or other “trafficway” within the state of Pennsylvania; (2) you have an unrestored suspended or revoked license, and (3) you received an actual notice that your license was suspended or revoked. This last requirement often makes it difficult for the government to prove a driving while suspended case. Proof that they mailed the notice to you is not enough to show that you knew, and since you don’t have to get on the stand and give testimony, the prosecutor will have difficulty providing evidence to say you did.
If you are charged with driving under suspension, and never knew your license was suspended, call Pittsburgh Defense Attorney Sean Logue at (412) 389-0805 or 1-844-PITT-DUI. He and his associates might be able to get your charges dismissed based on this issue.Driving Under a DUI Suspension - Penalties
Driving while suspended (DUI related) carries stiff penalties.
In Pennsylvania, the penalties for a person’s first DUI offense are a $500 fine and a mandatory jail sentence of 60 to 90 days. If you have a blood alcohol content (BAC) of more than .02% while driving on a DUI suspension, you may be fined $1000 and receive a mandatory 90-day jail sentence. There is also an additional license suspension of 1 to 2 years.Traffic Violations
A conviction for a speeding ticket or other type of traffic violation is no easy matter. It can result in points being assessed on your driver's license, fines, court costs, your insurance premiums may increase, and your license could be suspended depending on your driving history. So, it is extremely important to get in touch with a Pittsburgh traffic ticket lawyer before it’s too late. The sooner you hire a lawyer to represent you, the easier it will be to dispute your charges and reduce or eliminate your penalties.Contact Us
You need an attorney to examine your case and see if he can reduce or eliminate the penalties listed. Pittsburgh Defense Attorney Sean Logue and his associates are efficient Pittsburgh traffic ticket lawyers and have represented people in traffic court in Pennsylvania.
Contact the office of Pittsburgh Defense Attorney Sean Logue at (412) 389-0805 or 1-844-PITT-DUI to discuss how you can fight driving while suspended charges or traffic tickets, and hopefully avoid mandatory incarceration and fines.