Speeding, Traffic Tickets & License Restoration

Speeding & Traffic Citation Defense

If you receive a traffic ticket it is important to know that paying the citation is the same as pleading guilty. That guilty plea can mean points on your Pennsylvania license and a costly insurance rate hike; certain citations even carry mandatory license suspensions upon conviction. If you accumulate enough points you can face additional PennDOT consequences including license suspension.

Attorney French provides aggressive representation to help you protect your driving record when you are charged with traffic offenses including:

  • Speeding
  • Passing a school bus
  • Driving while suspended or revoked
  • Red light violations
  • Stop sign violations
  • Following too closely
  • Improper passing
  • Careless driving
  • Reckless driving
  • Leaving the scene of an accident (Hit-and-run)

Call Attorney Leonard French for a free consultation 610-537-3537 to learn how we can help you fight your ticket to reduce or eliminate both the points and fine. You may not even need to attend your hearing.

License Restoration

Losing your driving privileges can be a nightmare especially when you rely on driving to get to work or school. If you are facing a license suspension we may be able to help you get back on the road.

CDL Drivers

Commercial drivers depend on clean driving records to keep them on the road making money. Citations effect CDL holders differently than other drivers, if you receive more than 2 moving violations considered “Serious Traffic Offenses” within a 3-year period you face a suspension of your CDL. Attorney French specializes in handling citations for CDL holders, call for a free consultation.

Out of State Drivers

If you receive a ticket in Pennsylvania when you are live in another state it can be difficult to determine what the consequences will be in your home state. All but three states are members of the Driver’s License Compact and cross-report information regarding citations. Each state then has rules for how to apply that information to your driving record. Leonard French has helped drivers from all across the country avoid having a citation here impact their home state driving record and insurance.

Contact Leonard French now:

* please understand that submitting your information does not automatically begin representation.

If you are in need of a Lawyer, do not hesitate to hire Mr. French. Kind, Compassionate and Knowledgeable. Before we ever hired him, he spent nearly an hour explaining, in detail, EVERYTHING. He encouraged questions and wanted to make sure we completely understand what needed to be done, what was going to happen and, what could happen. We can never thank him enough for what he did for us!

The Ultimate Lawyer...

I have received the best services from Mr. Leonard. He handled and solved my problem perfectly during a short time. I definitely recommend him.

Excellent

Leonard was very professional in helping me with my case. In first talking to him on the phone he was polite and explained to me past cases and legal precedent to help me understand the situation I was in and what the outcome would likely be. Further communications were done by email, which made things easy for my schedule. He always responded to my inquiries in a timely manner and kept me informed of what was going on and how things would proceed at each step. He dealt with the case swiftly and and very much to my satisfaction. Highly recommended.

Informed, responsive, and approachable.

Mr. French has been representing my wife and me for nearly 2 years now with child custody case involving our granddaughter. There are three areas of his practice that impress us and would recommend him to anyone in need of an attorney.

Knowledge: His knowledge of the law involving family and children law is unsurpassed in our opinion. He listens and when the need arises to enter the courthouse he comes fully prepared to do so.
Compassion & Understanding: When it comes to dealing with children he makes them feel at ease. He has a soothing voice that makes the children open up to him and by our experience it helps him put in to perspective the child’s best interest.
Dedication: He gives everything to his clients to make sure that are represented to best of his ability. He goes above and beyond any of our expectations we ever had. He makes us feel like we are his only client.

The time we have known Mr. French it has been a pleasure to get to know him and to work with him.

One of the most well rounded lawyers we have met.

It was an awesome decision to ask for help regarding copyright defense from Leonard J French. His insight and advice helped me through the situation with no bumps in the road. His services are very fairly priced, and his initial, free phone consultation was much longer than I expected, which really helped me understand the situation at hand before we even began to talk money. I would highly recommend Mr. French for any legal matters his firm covers.

Exceptional Services

Being as Mr. French was my first personal experience with a lawyer, he proved to be the opposite of what common opinions would lead me to believe. He was very professional with all of our conversations and meetings, while showing true concern for using the least amount of my time. He was also sensitive to my situation and advised me in a fair and impartial manner. His knowledge of the laws and court procedures allowed him to break down every step of my case in order to explain it to me, since I was unaccustomed to any of it. If myself or any of my friends and family are in need of legal aid in Mr. French's field of expertise, I will be recommending him strongly. Thank you for your service, Leonard!

Professional, honest, and courteous. Very pleasant to work with.

I had consulted a few attorneys in regard to issues with contracts within my IT / AV production company. Mr. French had knowledge in the field and had a fresh perspective to all my questions. It is difficult to find someone versed in the law and internet technology. I was pleasantly surprised to discover no explanation of technology wording in my contracts was needed. He noticed several issues not discussed by my previous attorney. I would recommend him.

Expert and informed

Leonard is one of the most personable and honest lawyer's I know. He's extremely fair honest and totally upfront. He does not waste time and gets the job done efficiently and knowledgeably. Through the whole process I can never say anything negative about him, any lawyers that I've ever had always seem to have a questionable side to them. I always felt comfortable dealing with...

Fair, Efficient, Positive and Hardworking

THE PENNSYLVANIA POINT SYSTEM: Common Violations and their Points/Penalties

Vehicle Code Description # of Points
1512 Driver’s License Restrictions (Glasses, etc.) 2
1571 License Violations 3
3102 Failure to obey authorized person directing traffic 2
3111.1 Obedience to traffic control devices warning of hazardous conditions 2
3112(a)(3)i or ii Failure to stop for a red light 3
3114(a)(1) Failure to stop for a flashing red light 3
3302 Failre to yield half of roadway to oncoming vehicle 3
3303 Improper Passing, overtaking & distance 3
3304 Improper Passing on the right 3
3305 Improper Passing on the left 3
3306(a)(1) Improper Passing on a hill 4
3306(a)(2) Improper passing at a railroad crossing or intersection 3
3306(a)(3) Improper passing at a bridge or tunnel 3
3307 Improper passing in a no-passing zone 3
3310 Following too closely 3
3321 Failure to yield to driver on the right at intersection 3
3322 Failure to yield to oncoming driver when making left turn 3
3323(b) Failure to stop for stop sign 3
3323(c) Failure to yield at yield sign 3
3324 Failure to yield when entering or crossing roadway between intersections 3
3332 Improper turning around – illegal U-turns 3
3341(a) Failure to obey signal indicating approach of train 2
3341(b) Failure to comply with crossing gate or barrier 4 & 30 day suspension
3342(b) or (e) Failure to stop at railroad crossings 4
3344 Failure to stop when entering from alley, driveway or building 3
3345(a) Failure to stop for school bus with flashing red lights 5 & 60 day suspension
3361** Driving too fast for conditions 2
3362** Exceeding maximum speed 6-10mph 2
Exceeding maximum speed 11-15mph 3
Exceeding maximum speed 16-25mph 4
Exceeding maximum speed 26-30mph 5
Exceeding maximum speed 31mph 5 & Dept. Hearing and Sanctions
3365(b) Exceeding special speed limit in school zone 3
3365(c) Exceeding special speed limit for trucks on downgrades 3
3542(a) Failure to yield to pedestrian in crosswalk 2
3547(a) Failure to yield to pedestrian on sidewalk when entering from a driveway or alley 3
3549(a) Failure to yield to blind pedestrians 3
3702 Improper backing 3
3714(a) Careless Driving 3
3745 Leaving scene of accident involving property damage only 4
1543(a) Driving while suspended or revoked Additional 1 year suspension

Not all points violations are listed, if you are unsure if your ticket carries points, call us

** All speeding citations that occur within an active work zone also carry a 15-day license suspension


PennDOT maintains a driving record for every licensed driver in Pennsylvania. Points are added to a driving record when a driver is found guilty of certain driving (moving) violations.
The purpose of the point system is to help to improve driving habits and to ensure safe driving. PennDOT begins to take corrective action when a driving record reaches 6 or more points. The following sections explain what happens when a driving record reaches 6 or more points:

Under the Age of 18
The driving privilege of a person under the age of 18 will be suspended if that person accumulates six (6) or more points or is convicted of driving 26 miles per hour or more over the posted speed limit. The first suspension will be for a period of 90 days. Any additional occurrences will result in a suspension of 120 days. This suspension is in addition to the requirements of the point system found below.

First Accumulation of 6 Points
When any driving record reaches 6 or more points for the first time, the driver will receive a written notice to take a special written point examination. The examination will address:
1. Knowledge of Safe Driving Practices,
2. Knowledge of Departmental Sanctions, and
3. Knowledge of Related Safety Issues.
The driver has 30 days to successfully pass the exam or else the license will be suspended until the exam is passed. If the exam is passed within the 30 day period, 2 points will be removed from the driving record.

Second Accumulation of 6 Points
When any driving record is reduced below 6 points and then for a second time reaches 6 or more points, the driver will have to attend a Departmental Hearing. The driver will receive a written notice of the specific time and location of the required hearing. At the hearing, a hearing examiner will review the driver’s record. After the hearing, the Department may recommend one or more:
1. Order a 15 Day License Suspension,
2. Order the Driver to Take a Special On-Road Driver’s Examination, or
3. Take No Action.
If a person’s driving privilege is suspended or a special driver’s exam is recommended, 2 points will be removed from the driving record if the driver passes the exam within 30 days or 2 points will be removed once the 15 day suspension has been served. No points are removed from the driving record if the Department does not initiate a sanction.
Failure to attend this Departmental Hearing will result in a 60 day license suspension.

Third or More Accumulation of 6 Points
When any driving record is reduced below 6 points and for the third or subsequent time reaches 6 or more points, the driver will have to attend a Departmental hearing. The hearing examiner will review the driving record. The Department will then determine if a 30 day license suspension will be initiated.
Failure to attend this Departmental hearing will result in the suspension of the driver’s license until the driver attends the hearing.

Excessive Speeding
When a driver is convicted for speeding 31 miles per hour or more over the posted speed limit, the driver will have to attend a Departmental Hearing. The driver will receive a written notice of the specific time and location of the required hearing. The hearing examiner will review the driving record. Upon the Department’s review of the hearing file, one or both of the following will be initiated:
1. 15 Day License Suspension
2. Special On-Road Driver’s Examination
If a 15 day suspension is initiated, the driving record will show 5 points upon restoration. No points are removed if a special driver’s examination is initiated and completed.
Failure to attend this Departmental Hearing will result in a 60 day license suspension.

Accumulation of 11 Points or More
When any driving record reaches 11 or more points, the driver’s license will automatically be suspended. The length of suspension depends on how many times the license was suspended in the past. The suspension schedule is as follows:
1. First Suspension – 5 days per point
2. Second Suspension – 10 days per point
3. Third Suspension – 15 days per point
4. Subsequent Suspensions – One year

Point Removal for Safe Driving
Three (3) points are removed from a driving record for each 12 consecutive months in which a person is not under suspension or revocation or has not committed any violation which results in the assignment of points or in suspension or revocation under Chapter 15 of the Vehicle Code. Once a driving record is reduced to zero points and remains at zero points for 12 consecutive months, any further accumulation of points will be regarded as the first accumulation of points.

License Suspension and Restoration
If a person’s driving privilege is to be suspended, a written notice will be mailed to the driver listing the date when the suspension will begin. The driver may appeal the suspension to his or her county’s Court of Common Pleas. The appeal must be made WITHIN 30 DAYS AFTER the mailing date of the notice. The most recent product (ie, license, permit(s) and/or camera card) must be returned to the Bureau of Driver Licensing by the effective date of suspension listed on the notice or the State Police, local police or other authorities that have
been delegated by the Department will be notified to pick up the license. In addition to serving the suspension or revocation, the appropriate restoration fee must be paid before the license will be returned. After the driving privilege is restored, the driving record will show 5 points, regardless of the number of points which appeared on the record before the license was suspended (except in the case of a 15 day suspension resulting from a hearing for the second accumulation of 6 points).


Contact us now to see how we can help you :

* please understand that submitting your information does not automatically begin representation.

If you are in need of a Lawyer, do not hesitate to hire Mr. French. Kind, Compassionate and Knowledgeable. Before we ever hired him, he spent nearly an hour explaining, in detail, EVERYTHING. He encouraged questions and wanted to make sure we completely understand what needed to be done, what was going to happen and, what could happen. We can never thank him enough for what he did for us!

The Ultimate Lawyer...

I have received the best services from Mr. Leonard. He handled and solved my problem perfectly during a short time. I definitely recommend him.

Excellent

Leonard was very professional in helping me with my case. In first talking to him on the phone he was polite and explained to me past cases and legal precedent to help me understand the situation I was in and what the outcome would likely be. Further communications were done by email, which made things easy for my schedule. He always responded to my inquiries in a timely manner and kept me informed of what was going on and how things would proceed at each step. He dealt with the case swiftly and and very much to my satisfaction. Highly recommended.

Informed, responsive, and approachable.

Mr. French has been representing my wife and me for nearly 2 years now with child custody case involving our granddaughter. There are three areas of his practice that impress us and would recommend him to anyone in need of an attorney.

Knowledge: His knowledge of the law involving family and children law is unsurpassed in our opinion. He listens and when the need arises to enter the courthouse he comes fully prepared to do so.
Compassion & Understanding: When it comes to dealing with children he makes them feel at ease. He has a soothing voice that makes the children open up to him and by our experience it helps him put in to perspective the child’s best interest.
Dedication: He gives everything to his clients to make sure that are represented to best of his ability. He goes above and beyond any of our expectations we ever had. He makes us feel like we are his only client.

The time we have known Mr. French it has been a pleasure to get to know him and to work with him.

One of the most well rounded lawyers we have met.

It was an awesome decision to ask for help regarding copyright defense from Leonard J French. His insight and advice helped me through the situation with no bumps in the road. His services are very fairly priced, and his initial, free phone consultation was much longer than I expected, which really helped me understand the situation at hand before we even began to talk money. I would highly recommend Mr. French for any legal matters his firm covers.

Exceptional Services

Being as Mr. French was my first personal experience with a lawyer, he proved to be the opposite of what common opinions would lead me to believe. He was very professional with all of our conversations and meetings, while showing true concern for using the least amount of my time. He was also sensitive to my situation and advised me in a fair and impartial manner. His knowledge of the laws and court procedures allowed him to break down every step of my case in order to explain it to me, since I was unaccustomed to any of it. If myself or any of my friends and family are in need of legal aid in Mr. French's field of expertise, I will be recommending him strongly. Thank you for your service, Leonard!

Professional, honest, and courteous. Very pleasant to work with.

I had consulted a few attorneys in regard to issues with contracts within my IT / AV production company. Mr. French had knowledge in the field and had a fresh perspective to all my questions. It is difficult to find someone versed in the law and internet technology. I was pleasantly surprised to discover no explanation of technology wording in my contracts was needed. He noticed several issues not discussed by my previous attorney. I would recommend him.

Expert and informed

Leonard is one of the most personable and honest lawyer's I know. He's extremely fair honest and totally upfront. He does not waste time and gets the job done efficiently and knowledgeably. Through the whole process I can never say anything negative about him, any lawyers that I've ever had always seem to have a questionable side to them. I always felt comfortable dealing with...

Fair, Efficient, Positive and Hardworking