The consequences of getting a traffic ticket in New York can be significantly worse than just the dollar amount you pay in fines. Many people fail to understand that paying a speeding ticket is the same as pleading guilty and accepting a "conviction" for a municipal offense. Not only will the violation hurt your driving record, but you may also face long-term consequences for many years.
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If you have recently been issued a citation for a traffic violation in New York City or in any of New York state's 63 counties, call Katz Lawyers before you pay the fine. Attorney Seth Katz has more than 15 years of experience keeping drivers' records clear of violations and possible driver's license suspensions. Our firm is recognized for our integrity and honest hard work on behalf of every client who comes to us for help.
What Are Some Consequences Of A Traffic Violation To Your Wallet?
The fine you pay will depend upon the severity of the traffic offense.
The standard fines for a traffic ticket in New York are:
- Speeding <10 mph over limit = up to $150
- Speeding <30 mph over limit = up to $300
- Speeding <40 mph over limit = up to $600
- Second conviction within 18 months = add $150
- Third conviction within 18 months = add $375
- Automatic court surcharge added to all traffic violation fines = $70
Points Against Your Driver's License (DL)
Beyond the money, there are other longer-term consequences that can have a major impact on your future. The New York Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) applies a traffic violation point system to track driver behavior. Depending upon the speed you were driving over the posted limit, you face a penalty of four to eight points against your record. At its most severe, a reckless driving charge more than 40 mph over the limit will result in 11 points and an automatic driver's license (DL) suspension or revocation.
Minimum driver assessment (license registration) fee after six accumulated points within 18 months = $300
Four points may not sound like a lot, until you stop to think that a second ticket within 18 months can result in placement in a driver responsibility assessment program and cost you a heavy fee when it comes time to renew your annual license tabs. Two tickets within a short period of time may also require attendance in a special remedial training program.
Insurance companies don't stay in business by insuring risky drivers. Even a single speeding ticket will raise a red flag because statistics show that one speeding ticket often means there are more to follow ... and an eventual accident. Even after just a single ticket, some companies will raise your premiums for a period of time, until you prove you are not a risk. Other companies may drop you altogether if you get a second ticket within a year or two. After losing your insurance coverage because of a traffic violation, you are put in a high risk pool and your premiums will be high for many years.
License Suspension Or Revocation
After 11 accumulated points against your driving record, you will face a DL suspension or revocation. A DL suspension may be indefinite, requiring you to complete a court-required action such as pay a fine, or definite, covering a specific period of time. To reinstate a suspended license, you will be required to pay a license reinstatement fee. If your DL is revoked, you must reapply through the DMV and meet all requirements for obtaining a license. A temporary hardship license may be available to allow you to drive under specific limited circumstances.
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Does it pay to fight your speeding ticket? Call us to discuss your circumstances. We don't handle every case. When we do, it is because we are confident we can help avoid a traffic ticket or a license suspension.
Call us at our Manhattan office at 646-835-2330 or our Staten Island office at 718-876-8105. Use our convenient email contact form to arrange an initial consultation. We will explain your legal options and how we can help.