When you are faced with a traffic ticket in the state of Pennsylvania, you may be confused about the fines and penalties that you are subject to. If you with to contest the ticket, you may also be unsure as to whether you should pay the fine and expect to have it reimbursed later.
In the state of Pennsylvania, fines are the same rate across the entire state, but they vary from different states across the country. The will be determined by the violation that you are subject to.
Why am I subject to surcharges as part of my fine?
You will be subject to paying court costs and other surcharges, which do not vary across the state, but they do depend, to a large degree, on the type of charge you faced. For example, in the case of a DUI, the fine and surcharge will depend on how much alcohol was found to be in your blood.
What should I do if I want to fight the ticket and plead not guilty?
If you believe that you are not guilty and want to fight the ticket, you do not need to pay the fine first, but you should take action immediately. You should request a ticket to contest the hearing. If you are found to be not guilty, you will not face any penalties.
If you are considering challenging a traffic ticket in the state of Pennsylvania, it is important to take action as soon as possible and understand the consequences of being unsuccessful in the contest hearing.
Source: DMV, “Ticket Fines and Penalties in Pennsylvania,” accessed May 04, 2018