Is it worth fighting your New York traffic ticket? Absolutely, every New York traffic ticket should be contested. New York only technically allows 11 points on your license prior to it being suspended, therefore, you must fight all tickets that add points to your license.
Over the course of your driving lifetime in New York, you are likely to get a speeding ticket or other moving violation. According to the New York Department of Motor Vehicles, 90 percent of all drivers get tagged at some point in their lives. Fines paid for traffic violations are becoming increasingly more important for communities seeking to pay for police services since municipal budgets are getting cut nearly every year. Enforcement is more strict than it ever has been, and the fines and potential consequences to driving privileges continue to increase.
What Is The Big Deal About A Traffic Ticket?
It may seem as if paying the fine is the simple thing to do. But you must consider what the consequences of a traffic citation will mean on your record in New York. The New York Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) tracks drivers' records on a point system. A ticket for speeding just a few miles over the limit will result in three points against your record. More than 10 mph over the limit will increase the penalty to four points. Certain moving violations such as reckless driving (>40 mph over limit) or failing to stop for a school bus can result in up to five points on your record. Any accumulation of traffic citation points totaling 11 or greater within an 18-month period can result in the DMV revoking your license.
The New York DMV Point System
- Speeding <11 mph over limit
- Failing to stop or yield at sign or signal
- Illegal lane change
- Violating a no passing zone
- Driving left of center line, driving in wrong direction
- Railroad crossing violations
- Leaving the scene of a motor vehicle, bicycle or pedestrian accident
- Seat belt infractions for passengers under 16 years
- Speeding more than 11 mph over limit
- Failure to brake properly
Five-point (and greater) infractions
- Speeding more than 20 mph over limit
- Reckless driving more than 40 mph over limit (11 pts.)
- Failing to stop for a school bus with stop sign extended
- Texting while driving
Consequences On Your Car Insurance Costs
Auto insurance companies track their policyholders' behavior behind the wheel. Depending upon your age and past driving record, a single ticket can result in a hefty increase in annual premiums or even getting your insurance canceled altogether. It may not seem fair that a single ticket can result in higher premiums, but insurance companies rely on studies that show that a high percentage of drivers don't get just one ticket in their lifetime. Your insurance provider will work off the assumption that a single ticket today will result in more tickets in the near future, eventually leading to an accident.
What Can A Good New York Traffic Violations Lawyer Do For You?
Most speeding tickets and moving violations are issued under the rules of strict liability. That simply means that the police or courts don't have to find criminal intent in order to issue the citation or find you "guilty" of wrongdoing. But it also means that the police must have some reasonable cause for pulling you over to issue the citation. If they are unable to explain their reason for making the traffic stop or demonstrate what traffic law you violated, you have every right and reason for fighting the ticket.
Successfully fighting your ticket begins with having an attorney who understands New York traffic rules and police requirements for making the stop and issuing the ticket. Katz Lawyers has been recognized as one of the leading New York City traffic violations defense law firms since attorney Seth Katz opened our doors in 1999. We thoroughly investigate the circumstances of the traffic stop, the police behavior at the scene and what options you have for pursuing an alternative to paying the fine and accepting a "conviction" on your driving record.
Our New York City attorneys for traffic violations have helped thousands of drivers in the five boroughs of NYC, Nassau County, Suffolk County, Westchester County, Rockland County, Orange County and throughout New York. We can help you keep that ticket off your record. Learn more at NY Speed Week Crackdown Leads to Thousands of Tickets.
Don't pay the fine. Get us on the line. With offices on Broadway in Manhattan, New York City and Staten Island, we can help you anywhere in the state of New York. Call us at our offices in Manhattan at 646-835-2330 or our Staten Island office at 718-876-8105 or reach us by email to request a return call.