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Philadelphia Red Light Tickets

According to the Philadelphia Parking Authority in 2011 the total revenue for Red Light Tickets was $13,728,479.00, the program cost the city $6,082,796 leaving a profit of $7,645,683. Is there any wonder why it is so easy to go to the PPA website and pay the ticket online? No big deal right? You drove through a red light or maybe a car stopped in front of you leaving you stuck in an intersection when the camera went off or maybe even the camera malfunctioned. All you know is you got a letter in the mail and you look pretty guilty.

If you find yourself in this predicament, don’t panic. There are several legal defenses for a red-light camera violation in Philadelphia. The first thing you should do is Contact the Philadelphia Traffic Court Bench to verify the authenticity of the traffic ticket. The traffic court is open to the public Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The court’s main telephone number is 215-686-1675.

Next, contact a red light ticket attorney. A good red light ticket lawyer will conduct the following steps to negotiate the best outcome on your behalf.

Your red light ticket lawyer will inspect the red-light camera photo to verify that it is indeed you in the picture. The Philadelphia Traffic Court sends out proof pictures with offending traffic tickets. If the offending driver in the photo is not you, your red light ticket attorney will contest the ticket at traffic court on your appointed day. A copy of your vehicle running a red light does not prove that you were the driver. The court must prove that you were driving the vehicle at the time of the incident.

There was a case where a gentleman received a red light ticket in the mail. He was the registered owner of the vehicle, his wife was not. He was not even in the car at the time of the red light camera going off, but he was charged with the red light ticket. It was argued and the court agreed that it was not him in the picture. When asked if he knew who the person in the picture was, he was informed him that he did not have to answer the question. No one paid a fine or received points on their record. The case was dismissed.

The best red light ticket lawyers will gather evidence for you defense. Once it is verified that it is your vehicle in the offending picture and that you were, in fact, driving, a good red ticket lawyer will try to re-create what caused the incident. There may be several defenses for running a red light. Was the yellow light too short for the posted speed limit? Were camera enforcement signs posted in a well-visible area? Does the red-light photo proof clearly show that the light was red? How long did it take Philadelphia Traffic Court to send you the traffic ticket? These are all questions that your red light ticket lawyer should ask you in preparation for your defense.

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