Frequently Asked Questions
Can I ride a motorized scooter, quad, motorized bike, or go-cart on the streets or anywhere else?
If it is motorized, the operator needs to have a license, registration and insurance for the vehicle, the vehicle also must have the proper equipment to be driven on the roads, such as turn signals, lights, brake lights, a valid registration tag... etc... The mini bikes, go carts, quads and scooters are not legal to ride at this time in Pennsylvania, unless you are on private property and have permission to ride there. If you do ride at an approved location, always wear helmets and the proper safety equipment. Violation of this or any other part of this section can result in traffic tickets, just as if you were operating a car or truck. The vehicle may also be towed.
How dark can I have the after market tinting on my car windows?
After market tinting is legal on the driver's side and passenger's side glass of vehicles as long at the light transmitted to the inside is at least 70% of the outside light. The Warminster Police do have tint meters and it is a primary offense, which means you can be stopped for the tinting only.
How can I obtain a copy or information on an arrest in the neighborhood?
Most of the arrest information is kept confidential. If the arrest has not gone completely through the court system we cannot release anything more than what you may have seen in the papers.
What are the differences in a 1st, 2nd and 3rd degree misdemeanor offense?
Basically the determination of the degree of the crime is the severity and the sentence a person could receive for the offense. The guidelines for this are found in PA Consolidates Statutes Sentencing Code Title 42, sections 9701 through 9781. These guidelines define a Misdemeanor 1 (M-1) as a crime punishable by a maximum prison sentence of 5 years and a $10,000.00 fine. An M-2 as maximum of 2 years and a $5,000.00 fine, and an M-3 as maximum 1 year and a $2,500.00 fine.
I received an e-mail from a friend or an unknown person of a story or business opportunity that just doesn't sound quite right what can I do?
There are a couple of Urban Legends web sites (www.snopes.com and www.ulrc.com.au) who do a great job in researching the stories and deciding if they are fact or fiction, and the stories behind the stories. Also be aware that if the email / letter sounds to good to be true it probably is. There are many money scams out there these days. Make sure you know who you are dealing with before you give them any information. If you feel you have been victimized bring all evidence to the Police Station and speak with an officer.
I heard that if you have a junior's license and go to an organized event, such as a concert or the prom, and have written permission to drive after 11pm it is legal.
No. What you heard is wrong. The PA Motor Vehicle Code, Section 1503, subsection (c), paragraph (2) outlines the permitted reasons for driving after 11pm. The permission you referred to is an affidavit from your employer, fire chief or supervisor. You can read it from here: http://members.aol.com/StatutesPA/75.html
How do I get a copy of a police report?
Reports are available at police headquarters, incident reports cost $5.00, reportable accident reports cost $15.00 each. Exact cash is preferred since we can not always make change. first fill out a "Right to Know form" and submit it to the department. Once the request is reviewed you will be notified of the decision. If approved ensure you bring your valid photo identification with when you come to request or pick up a report along with the money due. The department will not release a report with out proper identification or approval.
What is the average time for a report to be completed?
Reports vary in time of completion. Some are very simple and can be completed usually in 1 to 2 days. Others such as Reportable Accident reports can take 5 to 10 days. Please be patient the report will be completed.
Do cops really have a ticket quota?
No, there is no such thing as a ticket quota. It does not measure an officer's work effort and it is illegal. Obey the traffic laws and you do not have to worry.
What happens if I get caught drinking at a party and am under 21?
Several things can happen, none of them pleasant. First your driving privilege will be suspended if you are convicted. 1st offense suspended for 90 days, 2nd for 1 year, 3rd and subsequent offenses for 2 years.
• You will be charged as a criminal and have a criminal record.
• You may be ordered to pay a fine up to $500.
• Your parents will be notified.
• You may be required to successfully complete an alcohol education, intervention or counseling program.
• You will have to pay a $25 restoration fee before you get your driver's license back.
Even if you don't have a license or are too young to apply yet your privileges will be suspended to take effect when you apply for a license or learner's permit.
What happens if I am under 21 and get stopped for DUI?
For someone under 21 years of age the blood alcohol content (BAC) is lower than for someone over 21. If you are stopped and your BAC is .02 or higher you can be charged with DUI. If you are over 18 you will be required to complete an Alcohol Highway Safety course, may face a license suspension of one year, up to 48 hours in jail, and pay up to $5,000 in fines. You will also have to pay court costs and higher insurance costs. If you are under 18 you will be processed through the juvenile court system. Remember a DUI arrest stays on your record and can effect future employment. For more information on alcohol and the law visit the PA Liquor Control Enforcement web site.
What do I do if I feel a traffic citation is unfair?
Plead Not Guilty and Request a hearing from the District Justice. Call 215-672-5853 for more information or read and fill out the back of the ticket you have received.
What if I want someone out of my home that has been living there as a resident?
If a person has legal residence the Police can not force them to leave. If someone is willing to leave and give up that residence that is fine, if not, you as the homeowner or co-occupant of that house will have to go to district court and file for eviction. The clerks at district court will provide you with all the information. Court hours are 8 am to 5 pm, Monday - Friday. PH# 215-672-5853.