You have two main options when you get a speeding ticket: Plead guilty and pay the fine, or plead not guilty and request a hearing.
Respond to the Citation
Regardless of how you plan to plead, you’ll need to respond to the citation within 10 days, or you could face arrest and license suspension.
Pay the Fine
If you’re pleading guilty, pay the fine, either online (https://ujsportal.pacourts.us/PAePayFCR/Index) or in person at your local magisterial district court.
Request a Hearing
Your other option, if you dispute the facts of the case, is to plead not guilty and request a hearing.
At the hearing, you can have your own lawyer represent you or a public defender. The police officer who ticketed you and any witnesses will testify, and you can bring your own witnesses and testify yourself. In the end, the judge will decide the case.
If you are found not guilty, the security you posted will be returned to you, but if you’re found guilty, the security will go toward the fines and other charges you’re facing.
Appeal the Decision
If you disagree with the judge’s decision, you can appeal to a common pleas court within 30 days of the ruling. Ask the Clerk of Counts for a Summary Appeal form, and you will have a completely new trial.5