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Appeals of Pennsylvania Drivers License Suspensions
At Lampman Law, we understand the importance of having a valid driver's license. That is why we fight PA traffic citations and file appeals to challenge license suspensions. We often help our clients avoid driver license suspensions. If your license is subject to suspension, we can advise you on your right to appeal to the Court of Common Pleas, evaluate your likelihood of success on appeal, and represent you. If you have been cited with traffic violation in Pennsylvania and are concerned that you may be subject to a suspension please call us at 570-371-3737. Below is an explanation of the suspension process in PA and your legal rights to challenge a suspension.
Suspension Notification & Required Action
If your PA driver’s license is subject to suspension, PennDOT will mail you a notice with the date the suspension will begin. You must return your physical license to PennDOT Bureau of Driver Licensing by the effective date of suspension. If you fail to return your suspended license by the suspension date the Pennsylvania State Police, local police, or a PennDOT official may collect the license from you.
Your Right to Appeal a Drivers License Suspension
If you receive notice that your Pennsylvania divers license is suspended, you have the right to file an appeal to challenge the legality of the suspension. The appeal must be filed in the Court of Common Pleas. The appeal hearing will also be heard in the Court of Common Pleas.
The Appeal Deadline is 30-Days from PennDOT's Mailing Date
You must act quickly to timely preserve your right to challenge the license suspension because there is only a 30-day window to file the appeal. Specifically, the appeal must be filed within 30 days of the MAILING DATE of the suspension notice. Since license suspensions are considered a civil administrative law matters, the appeal must be filed with the Prothonotary.
The Impact of a Suspended Drivers License in Pennsylvania
Having your Pennsylvania driver’s license suspended is a stressful process that will result in prolonged inconvenience. It is important, however, to understand the suspension rules and to comply with them to avoid additional and more severe penalties.
The Multistate Diver License Compact
Pennsylvania is a member of the multistate Diver License Compact (DLC), which adopts the “one driver license” and “one driver record” concepts. This means that if your license is suspended in one state that suspension will be recognized by other states in the DLC. For example, if you driver license is suspended in PA you cannot get a new license in a DLC member state. Further, if you are charged with a DUI, with an accident involving a death, or with a felony in which a car was used in another state, PA will penalize you as if the crime occurred in Pennsylvania. The only states that are not members of the DLC are Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Tennessee.