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. The Driver License Compact (DLC) is an agreement among member states in which states share information on driving infractions between the state that the violation occurred to the driver’s home state. States who are part of this agreement report any out-of-state convictions and suspensions to member states. So, in essence, if you are pulled over in another state that is part of the Interstate Driver’s Compact, it will be considered to be the same as if the violation happened in your home state.
The following states are members of the Interstate Driving Compact. A Pennsylvania conviction for a moving violation, and even some non-moving violations will be reported to your home state DMV by Penndot.
- District of Columbia
- Kansas 17. Kentucky
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
Currently, the only states that are not part of the Interstate Driver’s License Compact are Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, Tennessee and Wisconsin.
Just because your state is part of the Compact does not mean that points will automatically be imposed. Every state is different and you should contact your 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. Even if your home state does not impose points as a result of a Pennsylvania traffic violation, the ticket may still appear on your record which could lead to a rise in your insurance rates. So it is in your best interest to hire an experienced Pennsylvania traffic ticket lawyer to represent you in court to help you reduce the points on your moving violation. Most traffic court judges will allow us to appear in your place, so that you may not even have to attend the court hearing to get your points reduced.
Additionally there are other agreements among states for motor vehicle violations:The Nonresident Violator Compact
Under the Nonresident Violator Compact, if you received a traffic ticket in Pennsylvania and ignored it, or if you did not make required payments to the court, your home state can be notified to possibly suspend your license suspension.The National Driver Register
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) keeps track of serious traffic violations, and keeps track of suspended, revoked, cancelled, or denied licenses.
When you apply for a driver's license, or seek to renew a license, your state's DMV can check the national database, and can use that information to possibly deny driving privileges.
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. Call us before you pay the fine for a free consultation.Out of State Traffic Ticket Reviews From Former Clients
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“PA speeding, New Jersey license”
Posted by Susan
Great assistance from a sincere attorney, who effectively represented me as an out of state motorist! I am from NJ and dealing with a Speeding ticket in PA. Ellis informed me that points will transfer from PA to NJ and assured me that things were taken care of for me. All of his advice was correct ! I got the verdict that I had hoped for, just a fine and no points. Good law team to work with! Sincere and great listeners. I would recommend Ellis to anyone who gets a traffic ticket in Pennsylvania.
Posted by Lynn
Attorney Klein spoke to me at length regarding the potential ramifications caused by the traffic ticket I received in Pennsylvania (I am a resident of NJ). He and his staff handled everything exactly as promised-I would definitely retain him again should the need arise. I endorse him wholeheartedly.
“Out of State Speeding Ticket”
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”
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.
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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.