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Hey guys,

Got popped doing 87 in a 55 in a "designated safety corridor" by a very enthusiastic State Trooper just south of Pittsburgh.

The officer did not provide me with a citation on the side of the road, instead he let me know I'd "get my s**t in the mail."

What does such an offense entail within the state of PA? I was also informed that I would have a couple "other violations" on there.

My attorney here in town has given me some recommendations, but each one so far has passed me on to the next guy. I understand that I have no case here, as the officer had me dead-to-rights, but with the justice system odds so stacked against the common man, I'm really in need of some help. If any of you know of some attorneys in the Pittsburgh area that dabble in traffic law, please let me know!

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I don't know of any attorneys in PA and I have no affiliation with the following but I thought it was a really great idea so I'm sharing with you.
It's got an app as well where you can post up details of your charged offence/s and lawyers can decide to represent you. The reviews are pretty good. It may be worth a try.
 

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Thanks @dchemist for posting this info. Looks very interesting! I checked VA and the success rate is 90%.
 

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Thanks @dchemist for posting this info. Looks very interesting! I checked VA and the success rate is 90%.
That's not bad. If you end up going this route please report back about your experience. I feel like this would be a good resource for RDF.
 

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If you do beat it expect to be on driving probation for a few years I got popped in a school zone real bad took it to the judge he talk mad shit 3 years driving probation anything and he said ANYTHING and everything will be adjudicated together and expect no license or severe license restriction. But everyone initially said I was a goner so there is hope. That was when I was a young hothead.
 

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If you do beat it expect to be on driving probation for a few years I got popped in a school zone real bad took it to the judge he talk mad **** 3 years driving probation anything and he said ANYTHING and everything will be adjudicated together and expect no license or severe license restriction. But everyone initially said I was a goner so there is hope. That was when I was a young hothead.
I just got off driving "probation" about a month ago. Any tickets I got during the probation period would fully re-instate my original violation at the maximum fine level, and tack on whatever ticket I got during the probation period. You can bet your hind-quarters I was driving like my grandmother! :mmmhmm:

I have a couple attorneys left to call.... If no luck, I'll try the offtherecord thing.
 

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Did you sign something on the side of the road that said you would appear after you are cited? I am wondering how they will get you in to court (please note, I am NOT suggesting you don't go). When you sign a citation, it is a promise to appear in court (if you do not otherwise clear your ticket).
Do get a lawyer, one who specializes in traffic tickets within that jurisdiction. Traffic ticket attorneys advertise because they need high volumes of clients, so run a Google search and see who has the most convincing ads.
 

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That's not bad. If you end up going this route please report back about your experience. I feel like this would be a good resource for RDF.
Submitted ticket to the website, unfortunately they don’t have coverage in Prince William County. :(


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I didn't sign anything... which is definitely not what I am used to.

Concise explanation of events -- the officer took my ID, wrote the number down and told me my citation would be in the mail.

It was required for many years in West Virginia that you either signed the ticket, or be arrested, as all traffic violations are arrest-able offenses. You had to sign the ticket and promise to appear in lieu of arrest. I very seriously doubt that this was ever enforced, but that's how my LEO friends have explained it to me in the past. That has since changed within the last few years, as signing is no longer required, but you are still given a copy of the citation regardless.
 

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I didn't sign anything... which is definitely not what I am used to.

Concise explanation of events -- the officer took my ID, wrote the number down and told me my citation would be in the mail.

It was required for many years in West Virginia that you either signed the ticket, or be arrested, as all traffic violations are arrest-able offenses. You had to sign the ticket and promise to appear in lieu of arrest. I very seriously doubt that this was ever enforced, but that's how my LEO friends have explained it to me in the past. That has since changed within the last few years, as signing is no longer required, but you are still given a copy of the citation regardless.
Is this a misdemeanor charge? NC has misdemeanor traffic codes that do not fall under a standard traffic citation for more serious traffic infractions. That could have something to do with it you haven't consulted with an attorney yet?
 

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I didn't sign anything... which is definitely not what I am used to.

Concise explanation of events -- the officer took my ID, wrote the number down and told me my citation would be in the mail.

It was required for many years in West Virginia that you either signed the ticket, or be arrested, as all traffic violations are arrest-able offenses. You had to sign the ticket and promise to appear in lieu of arrest. I very seriously doubt that this was ever enforced, but that's how my LEO friends have explained it to me in the past. That has since changed within the last few years, as signing is no longer required, but you are still given a copy of the citation regardless.
This just reminded me of something. There's a small town just south of me that was a notorious speed trap. All of their tickets were always $150 and could be paid same day and never accrued points. Turns out they were issue civil litigation notices not traffic penalties. Due to that they owed AR taxes which they were not paying. When the auditors found out it bankrupt the community.

If you receive a citation in the mail it would be interesting to determine which of these classifications it falls under.
 

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I'm really not sure. I would imagine that given the severity of the speed and the circumstances that led to the stop, yes -- probably a misdemeanor.

& yes -- given that I really do not know exactly what "violations" I've been formally accused of committing coupled with the fact that I can't get in contact any seemingly good attorneys, I haven't really been able to move on anything.

Once I get it in the mail, I hopefully can establish some goals and figure$ with someone. Until then, I must sit tight it seems..

I was hoping that maybe someone on here knew of one in Allegheny County that could help me out. My guy is good (and for $1,500 a pop, he should be), but he specializes in WV codes... not PA, which is what I need. Given my very close proximity to Pennsylvania (5 miles), I was hoping he might know some guys up there.. but as stated before, they just keep giving me contact information for "someone else." :hmm:
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This just reminded me of something. There's a small town just south of me that was a notorious speed trap. All of their tickets were always $150 and could be paid same day and never accrued points. Turns out they were issue civil litigation notices not traffic penalties. Due to that they owed AR taxes which they were not paying. When the auditors found out it bankrupt the community.

If you receive a citation in the mail it would be interesting to determine which of these classifications it falls under.
There was a place in Minnesota like that my buddy was telling me about..

I almost couldn't believe it until he showed me the receipt! He said they came right up to the car with a mobile payment terminal!!! Crazy!
 
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I'm really not sure. I would imagine that given the severity of the speed and the circumstances that led to the stop, yes -- probably a misdemeanor.

& yes -- given that I really do not know exactly what "violations" I've been formally accused of committing coupled with the fact that I can't get in contact any seemingly good attorneys, I haven't really been able to move on anything.

Once I get it in the mail, I hopefully can establish some goals and figure$ with someone. Until then, I must sit tight it seems..

I was hoping that maybe someone on here knew of one in Allegheny County that could help me out. My guy is good (and for $1,500 a pop, he should be), but he specializes in WV codes... not PA, which is what I need. Given my very close proximity to Pennsylvania (5 miles), I was hoping he might know some guys up there.. but as stated before, they just keep giving me contact information for "someone else." :hmm:

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There was a place in Minnesota like that my buddy was telling me about..

I almost couldn't believe it until he showed me the receipt! He said they came right up to the car with a mobile payment terminal!!! Crazy!
Oh they sound fancy compared to here. The officer would escort you to the police admin if you wanted to pay right away without receiving a ticket otherwise you got the ticket with a "notice to appear". No matter what you paid, receipts would not be issued and still are not to this day. This is in Bauxite, Arkansas.
 

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Guess my question is do you have a jammer and or detector?
 

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what "other violations" did you receive?
I was under the impression you had to be told what your offenses are....
 

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what "other violations" did you receive?
I was under the impression you had to be told what your offenses are....
PA 3736- Reckless driving $277
PA 3361- Too fast for conditions $102 (8 AM on a clear Sunday morning with 4 open lanes....?)
PA 3361- Speeding $225 (81 in a 55 is what is printed on ticket)

The last ticket I got in PA went unpaid for 4+ years before they freaked out...

this go-round they sent 4-5 certified letters to me and a suspension request to the WV DMV in like a 3 month span... I’d say its probably time to get the lawyer some lunch money :cool:
 

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