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Summary Offenses in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Posted by Michael A. Sklarosky | Jun 29, 2023 | 0 Comments

Types of Summary Offenses in Pennsylvania

In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Summary Offenses are divided into the following categories, traffic summary offenses and non-traffic summary offenses:

Traffic Summary Offenses:  Traffic summary offenses are covered under the Motor Vehicle Code and include violations of the law such as speeding and parking illegally. In most cases, being charged with a traffic summary offense does not mean you have been charged with a crime.  Penalties for these offenses vary depending of the specific section of the motor vehicle code you are alleged to have violated, but can include a fine, points assessed against your driving record, and a license suspension. 

Non Traffic Summary Offenses:  A non-traffic summary offense is a criminal offense. These charges generally include the following: harassment, underage drinking, disorderly conduct, false identification, and public drunkenness are all non-traffic summary offenses. Citations for non-traffic summary offenses look almost identical to citations for traffic summary offenses. When you receive a non traffic summary citation in the mail, you need to know what the consequences are if you plead guilty.  

Penalties for Non-Traffic Summary Offenses

Although a summary offense is the least serious of all criminal charges in Pennsylvania, a conviction will still come with serious penalties. These may include up to 90 days in jail and a fine of $300 or more. In addition, a summary offense will also remain on your criminal record.

A criminal history may make it more difficult to obtain opportunities with employers, schools, professional licensing boards, and more.

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