A New Jersey Traffic Ticket Lawyer Explains Penalties for Speeding if You Are From PA

The penalties for speeding vary from state to state, usually based on how fast you were going when you were stopped. If you are ticketed for speeding in your home state, you know what to expect. Unfortunately, if you are from out of state, like Pennsylvania, this can cause some surprises for you when you get home. This is because Pennsylvania reciprocates the penalty based on its own laws and not those of the state where the ticket was issued. As a New Jersey traffic ticket lawyer, I can help you understand your options if you get ticketed and are from Pennsylvania.

Speeding Ticket Penalties in New Jersey

In New Jersey, the speeding ticket penalties are as follows:

  • 1-14 mph over the limit: 2 points
  • 15-29 mph over the limit: 4 points
  • 30+ mph over the limit: 5 points

Speeding Ticket Penalties in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania offers its residents some leniency; they do not impose points for exceeding the speed limit by five mph or less. Pennsylvania's speeding penalties are as follows:

  • 6 - 10 mph over posted limit: 2 points
  • 11 - 15 mph over the posted limit: 3 points (plus a 15-day suspension if in a work zone)
  • 16 - 25 mph over the posted limit: 4 points (plus a 15-day suspension if in a work zone)
  • 26 - 30 mph over the posted limit: 5 points (plus a 15-day suspension if in a work zone)
  • 31+ mph over the posted limit: 5 points (plus 15-day suspension if in a work zone, and possible other penalties)

As you can see, for example, a 2-point ticket in New Jersey could be a 3-pointer in PA. Another trap for the unwary is that pleading to New Jersey's "no point ticket," called Unsafe Operation, is a bad idea for PA drivers because it is reciprocated with 2 points.

So What Should I Do?

If you are a PA driver who has received a ticket in Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Salem, or Cumberland County, New Jersey, please feel free to call my office at 856-432-4113 or contact me through this site for a free consultation regarding your ticket to see what strategy works best for you. Most matters can even be resolved without you appearing, so you can save the expense of traveling to New Jersey. You owe it to yourself to look into it.

If you want more information on New Jersey's traffic laws, download my free book, A Guide to Driving Legally in NJ and Surviving Traffic Court If You Don't.

Steven J. Richardson
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Bankruptcy, Collections, Student Loan, DUI and Traffic Court attorney in Woodbury, NJ.