I was driving in State College, PA and was pulled over because I did not see a traffic sign stating all traffic must turn right. I went straight through the intersection and was pulled over. The officer wrote me a ticket (with no points) for not having my registration although I had it and presented it. He also informed me that if I try to fight the ticket he will retroactively charge me for the original violation. Is it within his power to do so? He wrote in his remarks "did have registration card, fine saved 3 points." I realize that he saved me from getting points which in the long run saves me money on insurance, but, I have very little money and this ticket is still a large sum for me to cough up. If I fight this ticket is there a possibility of being charged with the original infraction? Also, there is a $45 "surcharge" placed on the ticket, could someone explain that as well please?
Because the question really boils down to money, contact the MDJ and arrange for a payment plan. Most MDJ offices will allow this.
However, the answer to your question is yes. The officer can file a separate charge. Yes, it will result in 3 points... because you do admit to doing it.
The CAT fund surcharge is applicable to most violations. It is required by statute. No one really understands it... it just exists.
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The officer has done you a favor here. Both the ticket you received and the offense you committed would be the same fine.
He has offered you the opportunity to save yourself the points. Pleading not guilty would be a slap in the face to the officer and yes he could amend the citation to the original charge.
Contact the District Court to get on a payment plan.
Make your life easier and pay the fine. Move on from this incident.
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