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Out of State Drivers Ticketed in Pennsylvania

If you are an out of state driver and receive a moving violation in Pennsylvania, points and/or suspensions may transfer to your state, depending on the type of citation and depending on what state you are licensed in.

Almost every state in the United States is part of the Interstate Driver’s License Compact. The compact is an agreement, currently among 45 states, to provide information about out of state moving violations to the driver’s home state. So, in essence, if you are pulled over in another state it will be considered to be the same as if the violation happened in your home state. Currently, the only states that are not part of the Interstate Driver’s License Compact are Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, Tennessee and Wisconsin.

If you are an out of state driver and were cited in Pennsylvania for any moving violation, some states will impose points for moving violations that occur in Pennsylvania while other states may not. Every state is different and you should contact you home state DMV to determine if any points will transfer from Pennsylvania if you are found guilty of the moving violation. If you receive a ticket in Pennsylvania and are an out of state driver, you should immediately mail to the court a plea of not guilty. If you determine that points will transfer to your state you will need to appear personally at the court hearing either with or without an attorney. However, most District Judges will permit us to appear in your place, so that you would not be required to return to Pennsylvania to attend traffic court and we can handle it for you in your absence.

Hiring an experienced attorney will increase your chances of reducing the points on your moving violation. Be sure to hire an experienced traffic defense attorney, because some zero point violations in Pennsylvania actually transfer as a points violation, even though the violation may be zero points in Pennsylvania. For example, if you are a New Jersey licensed driver, New Jersey views any moving violation (even if it is zero points in PA) as at least a 2 point moving violation. If you are licensed in New Jersey and the Pennsylvania officer reduces your speeding ticket to 5 mph over the limit, or reduces your moving violation to Obedience to Traffic Control Devices under Section 3111a, New Jersey will still assign 2 points to your license, even though both of the above offenses are considered zero point violations in PA. Some police officers (and even some judges) are not aware of this, but an experienced defense attorney will be aware and know which citations do not transfer out of state.

The experienced attorneys at Ellis B. Klein & Associates have handled thousands of moving violations in traffic court and we have helped hundreds of out of state drivers reduce the points on their moving violations. Most judges will permit us to appear in court in your place, so you may not even have to attend the court hearing to get your points reduced. Do not pay the fine before speaking with us about your case, as it could cost you money and could possibly cost you your license. Call us at (800) 536–0501 for a free consultation and we would be happy to discuss your situation with you. In addition, we offer a money-back guarantee if we are unable to assist you in reducing the points on your moving violation. We have a 99% success rate in reducing points on most moving violations.

Out of State Traffic Ticket Reviews From Former Clients

* Source: Avvo.com Client Reviews

“Out of State Speeding Ticket”

5.0 stars
Posted by John

I received a speeding in excess of 16 MPH ticket in PA. I was concerned with getting points on my license I began contacting lawyers, especially as NJ resident as most out of state moving violation transfers as 2 points automatically.

Ellis was able to get the speeding ticket downgraded to a non-moving violation which was no points and did not transfer to NJ, also with a reduced fine compared to the speeding ticket. What was even better was that Ellis was able to serve in my absence, so I did not have to take a day off from work to hike up to PA and back.

I originally contacted Ellis after looking for lawyers the day I got the ticket. Ellis contacted me quickly, was honest about how he could help me, and gave good advice before I had even retained him. I was happy to retain him, and he was even readily available when I called him before the trial for some questions and concerns I had. I recommend absolutely, as Ellis was able to get me the best outcome I was hoping for.

“Excellent Traffic Lawyer”

5.0 stars
Posted by Brendan

I received a very high speeding ticket in PA with an NJ license. A possible 5 point ticket, with a license suspension hearing. Ellis Klein was able to not only save my license, but get it reduced to a zero point, non moving violation! I didn't even need to show up to court. Mr. Klein provided results that went beyond my expectations. If you're looking for a great traffic lawyer, look no further.

“Select the very best for an excellent outcome!”

5.0 stars
Posted by Ratna

Mr. Klein was exceptional from the start. I had a moving violation that would have resulted in a lot of points and potentially loss of license. He was very responsive, provided a good consultation, was polite and his office staff was exceptional when I had questions. He reduced my sentence to a fine, and no points that would carry over to my state. So grateful for his help! I highly recommend him to anyone that has a traffic violation.

Call us to discuss your matter BEFORE paying the fine to the court because moving violations could carry points on your license and could lead to higher insurance premiums and possibly loss of your license. We can appear in court for you and if we cannot help you reduce points, we will refund the entire fee to you. We have a 99% success rate and we are the only law firm that backs up their work, so there is no risk to you. Call the experienced attorneys at Ellis B. Klein & Associates for a FREE consultation.

Client Reviews
Ellis Klein is a terrific attorney who represented my son in a DUI case. Ellis was understanding and sympathetic yet very forthright regarding the seriousness of the issue. He was extremely knowledgeable of the process and kept us informed at every step. He had a very professional presence, was confident (but not arrogant) and kept us calm throughout a very traumatic situation. He was a critical factor in my son receiving the best possible outcome from this DUI event. John Doe
Recently Mr. Klein helped me out with a criminal charge in which the outcome was the best possible situation for me. Ellis worked with me as far as a payment plan, knew the judge and officer and I couldn't ask for anything more out of a lawyer. I'm very happy with his performance and would recommend him to anyone. Jane Doe
Ellis literally gave me a new lease on life. I was facing a DUI, which would have affected my livelihood, my freedom and would have left me with a criminal record. Mr. Klein was able to have all the evidence suppressed by challenging the officer's cause for pulling me over. He was very thorough, leaving no stone unturned. His demeanor in court was confident and knowledgeable. He saved my reputation and my family from facing serious economic hardship. Thank You Anonymous
Ellis Klein served as my lawyer in a very difficult case that I was facing and with his help, the outcome of my case turned out wonderful. Mr. Klein helped me very much with his knowledge of my case. Thanks Ellis! Anonymous
Like many young adults, I made a bad decision that resulted in very serious consequences. I was afraid and nervous. Ellis was very straight-forward when he explained things to me, telling what the best outcome could be as well as the worst. Through his knowledge, professionalism, and legal reputation, my case was resolved with the best possible outcome. I advise my friends not to make the same mistake that I did, but if they do I will highly recommend Ellis. I feel like I have been given a second chance. Anonymous