If you feel like owning a car in the Bronx and/or just driving through the Bronx will inevitably lead to a traffic ticket, you might be right. Over 156,000 traffic tickets a year are issued answerable to the Bronx Traffic Violation Bureau (TVB).
The costs associated with these tickets can add up quickly. Fines and surcharges come with every conviction. Most tickets carry points and point accumulation leads to additional surcharges starting at just six points total. A stop sign ticket is three points…a cell or texting ticket is 5 points…typical tickets like these can quickly become a big expense as the points accumulate.
Accruing 11 points in 18 months means that your license may be suspended. The inconvenience and potential expense of a suspension are obvious. While the length of suspensions can vary, there are always going to be “lift” fees to clear the suspension on top of all the other prior fees.
Furthermore, moving violation convictions are obviously something your auto insurance company tracks. Your insurer will most definitely run your driving record frequently enough to detect any convictions as they sit there on your record for a few years. Very simply, the more convictions you have, the more your premiums are likely to go up.
For all these reasons and more, many look to the help of a reliable Bronx traffic ticket lawyer to try to fight and avoid these consequences. If an experienced attorney is able to help, the expense will certainly be justified. When all the potential ramifications are considered, a conviction for a single ticket could easily be more costly than what a reasonably priced vehicle and traffic lawyer might charge.
No lawyer fighting traffic violations in the Bronx can guarantee that every ticket for every client will be dismissed. However, a good lawyer can help you evaluate your situation and give you an honest assessment regarding your need for an attorney, your chances of success and the cost, time and effort the entire case might mean to you.
Feel free to contact us today for a free consultation either online or by calling (888) 842-5384. We’ll answer your questions and hopefully help get you pointed in the right direction.
What You Have to Do When You Get a Traffic Ticket in the Bronx
When you are issued a ticket and charged with a moving violation in the Bronx, you have 15 days to respond to that ticket. Essentially, your options are:
- Pay the ticket online or in court, entering a “Guilty” plea.
- Plead “Not Guilty” to the violation and schedule a hearing with the TVB.
We recommend that you respond to your ticket online, whether it’s a guilty or a not guilty plea. Doing things by mail can take longer and there’s no confirmation the mail is received and processed. The online tools will allow you to know instantly that all is OK once a transaction is completed.
Of course, if you’re not sure what to do, that’s where a consult with an attorney can help point you in the right direction.
TVB Office Location in the Bronx
Once a “not guilty” plea has been entered to a Bronx traffic ticket you will be scheduled for a traffic court appearance at the Bronx’s local TVB office. You can find this office at the location below:
Bronx TVB Office
696 East Fordham Road, Bronx, NY 10458
The Bronx TVB office is open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., except on Thursdays when the office is open for an extra session until 6:00 p.m.
The Most Common Traffic Tickets in the Bronx
Sometimes, it may seem like New York City police officers hand out traffic tickets like they were candy. Over a hundred thousand of these tickets are issued each year in the Bronx, and many of the traffic violations carry a recurring pattern.
Speeding is the most commonly cited Bronx violation. A speeding violation pertains to VTL §1180. Your penalties can vary based on how fast you were going relative to the posted speed limit and whether you were in a special zone, such as a school zone or work zone.
The second most common Bronx traffic violation is disobeying a traffic device. Whether it’s pavement marking or a traditional sigh, drivers in the Bronx like all drivers must read and carefully open these devices or risk a summons issued under VTL §1110(a).
Other popular violations in the Bronx include cell phone/texting while driving violations and improper turn violations. Cell phone violations carry a hefty five points and the rules regarding the use of cell phones and portable devices are set forth in VTL §1225(c) & (d). Improper turn violations have to do with turning from the wrong lane on the roadway (a “wide” turn generally) and summonses for this violation will cite VTL § 1160. Improper turns are a two-point violation.
How a Bronx Traffic Ticket Lawyer Can Help You Fight Charges and Avoid License Points
At the TVB in NYC, the only way to avoid the points, fines, surcharges and insurance issues that come from a conviction is to avoid the conviction altogether. This means plead not guilty, schedule a hearing date and win the case.
One common way to get violations dismissed is to demonstrate that there was some flaw in the officer’s case. Whether it’s an omission or a contradiction or some small lapse in the officer’s notes or recollection, we look for some way we can get the judge to agree to dismiss the charge. While some people may have better driving records than others and some may rely on their driving privileges more than others, the issues can quickly become serious for any and all drivers if poor decisions regarding any tickets one might receive.
In the event you can’t get your ticket dropped entirely, you could potentially get it reduced. A five-point railroad crossing violation, for instance, could be reduced to a two-point traffic control device violation.
If you depend on your vehicle to commute or perform your job, avoiding and reducing points is especially important. Some employers will forbid you from on-the-road duties if you have a certain number of violations or points on your record. Applying for future jobs can be tough, too, if repeated traffic violations show up on your record.
A New York traffic ticket attorney uses their experience and every available legal strategy to fight for you. If you’d like to discuss a case in the Bronx or elsewhere in New York, feel free to call Feifer & Greenberg today or contact us online to schedule a 100% free, no-obligation case evaluation.
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We can only guarantee that we will provide the best possible client service and legal representation. We can’t guarantee results. These are legal proceedings and we can’t promise you that every case will end in our favor. We will always honestly assess your case (both good and bad) and set realistic expectations during your consultation. We’ll discuss our goals and objectives but no attorney can ever guarantee how a case will conclude.
We recommend fighting almost all tickets. Even if the current NY traffic tickets aren’t particularly harmful, you have an incentive to keep your record clean for the future. Convictions quickly lead to surcharges, insurance increases and other complications. You should strongly consider any decision to pay a ticket without fighting.
Our lawyers are experienced, prepared attorneys who understand the nuances of fighting traffic tickets. Experience, preparation and good decision making help us to help our clients avoid points, surcharges, insurance increases and the other negatives that can easily result from a traffic ticket.