FAQs About Traffic Violations

Katz Lawyers is recognized as one of New York City's leading traffic ticket defense law firms. Since opening our doors in 1999, we have helped thousands of drivers keep traffic tickets off their driving record, fight DWI charges and avoid driver's license suspensions and revocations. Every week, we take calls and emails from drivers across New York who have questions about whether it is worthwhile fighting their traffic violation.

These questions, below, are representative questions covering a broad range of areas and are not to be considered legal advice or representation. Please call us in Manhattan at 646-835-2330 or Staten Island at 718-876-8105 to discuss your specific questions about your case.

I don't think I deserved to get a traffic ticket. What do I do to fight it?

You have the right to appeal your traffic violation by requesting a hearing at your local county Traffic Violations Bureau (TVB). We routinely handle appeals and can usually attend the hearing on your behalf.

I have a New York commercial driver's license (CDL) and got a ticket driving my privately owned vehicle. Now what?

Drivers who hold CDLs in New York are held to a higher standard for their personal driving behavior, as well. Fighting your ticket becomes even more important because your personal driving record will reflect on your professional CDL record.

I got a ticket about a year ago, now I was issued another one? Will I get my DL suspended?

Not necessarily, but it depends upon the reason you were issued a ticket. Repeat offenders within an 18-month period face higher financial penalties, including increased driver responsibility fees for registering their vehicle, increased fines and, of course, higher insurance costs.

I have an excellent driving record for many years, but was issued a speeding ticket. Do I need an attorney?

If you have a clean driving record for the past three or more years and got a legitimate ticket for speeding a few miles over the limit, it will probably not be to your advantage to hire a lawyer to fight the ticket. However, if you feel the ticket was unfair or you are required to attend a hearing, having a lawyer at your side can make a significant difference in the outcome.

Why did my New York City ticket cost more than my friend's ticket in upstate New York?

Although the fines for specific infractions are set by state law, local jurisdictions are allowed to set their own costs for processing fees and court costs, which are added to the fine. Some counties have lower special fees than NYC boroughs.

My DL was suspended, but I need to drive to work. How can I get it reinstated?

You can appeal the suspension to try to get it reinstated or you can apply for a temporary hardship restriction that will allow you to drive to and from your place of employment.

My DL suspension has an end date. Can I start driving right away?

No, before your driving privileges are reinstated, you will be required to pay a reinstatement fee to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Because of processing costs, the amount of the fee may vary by county throughout the state of New York.

Will my car insurance automatically go up because of my speeding ticket?

It depends upon your insurance provider. If you have a previous record of traffic citations and are already paying higher rates, a single ticket may increase your premiums or cause them to drop you altogether. If you have a clean previous record, your insurance company may "forgive" one ticket. Fighting your ticket — and winning — is the only way to avoid the possibility of increased premiums due to your driving record.

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Call us at our Manhattan office at 646-835-2330 or our Staten Island office at 718-876-8105 or send an email to arrange a consultation to discuss your ticket.