Traffic violations should not be taken lightly. The most common mistake that people make is to simply plead guilty and pay the fine. Pleading not guilty to traffic tickets is NY is important because the NYS Driver Point System keeps track of driver convictions for vehicle and traffic violations over an eighteen (18) month period. The following list states the amount of points associated with each conviction. Being charged with a vehicle and traffic violation does not count toward a drivers total points so it is important to hire a lawyer and fight the ticket so that your ticket has a better chance of getting dismissed or reduced to a non-moving violation that does not have points associated with it.
The best way to get points off your license in ny is to never get them in the first place, however, you may check out the Point & Insurance Reduction Program at the DMV. If you receive 11 points or more in eighteen (18) months (calculated from date of violation), the DMV will suspend your driver license. The DMV must revoke your driver license if you are convicted of three speeding violations within an 18-month period no matter how many points you have. If your license is revoked you will have to reapply to get your driving privileges restored. If you are a Repeat DWI Offender, your driving privileges may never be restored because of Life Time Look Back.
Even a minor traffic ticket such as speeding or running a stop sign can lead to higher insurance costs. For Instance, If you are convicted for a speeding violation, your insurer may tack a temporary charge on your insurance policy for three years. Your rate could increase as much as 25% depending on the circumstances. New York also added a new surcharge of $100 per year for three years if you get six points, plus $25 per year for each additional point. This is called a Drivers Responsibility Assessment.
I generally charge a flat rate of $250.00 to represent you on your speeding ticket or other traffic tickets, but it depends on your driving record and the likelihood of obtaining a favorable plea without an expert witness.
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