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Some information about handling summary charges can be obtained from the office of the magisterial district judge where the citation is filed. The citation will include the name and address of the magisterial district judge. That office, however, cannot provide legal advice concerning the case.

If you want further advice about handling a summary charge, you should contact a lawyer. The immediate aid of a lawyer is advisable whenever a person is charged with a traffic summary offense. A conviction may result in the assignment of points or a suspension/ revocation of a driver’s license. A conviction on a driver’s record may also affect a driver’s insurance rates. The aid of an attorney is also warranted in many cases involving non-traffic summary offenses.

This material has been developed to inform and not to advise. The District Court and its staff are NOT permitted to give legal advice, so please do not ask. It is based on Pennsylvania law. The statements are general. IF IN DOUBT CONSULT WITH AN ATTORNEY.

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