A 24-year-old preschool teacher from Newton Square found herself with a citation for improperly passing a school bus after allegedly failing to stop while the flashing red lights and stop arm were activated. A Radnor Township police officer filed the citation against her as she drove down Lancaster Avenue. A conviction of this nature carries five points, a mandatory license suspension and a significant fine. The young teacher relayed her case to Philadelphia criminal defense attorney Michael Fienman.

With ample experience and knowledge in Pennsylvania traffic laws, and this offence in particular, Fienman strategically negotiated for the lesser offense careless driving, a favorable outcome carrying only three points and no license suspension. Because of the plea, our client did not see the harsh penalties of a license suspension and heavy fines associated with an overtaking a school bus conviction. Furthermore, the three points associated with the careless driving charge will expire after 12 consecutive months of safe driving.

The outcome of an individual case depends on a variety of factors unique to that case. Case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any similar or future case.

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