Bronx Traffic Ticket Attorney
Over 156,000 traffic tickets a year are issued answerable to the Bronx Traffic Violation Bureau (TVB).
Costs associated with these tickets can add up quickly. Fines and surcharges come with every conviction, and most tickets carry points, an accumulation of which often leads to additional surcharges. These traffic violations can also cause your car insurance rates to skyrocket.
For these reasons and more, many look to Feifer & Greenberg for help. Our reliable Bronx traffic ticket attorneys help clients avoid penalties by fighting to have the ticket dismissed and the pending charges dropped.
We cannot guarantee these results but we will always fight for the best possible outcome.
Contact us today for a free consultation either online or by calling (888) 842-5384. We’ll answer your questions and get you pointed in the right direction.
Common Traffic Violations in the Bronx
It seems like New York City police officers hand out traffic tickets like candy. Over 100,000 of these tickets are issued each year in the Bronx, and many of the traffic violations carry a recurring pattern.
These are the most common traffic violations in the Bronx:
Over 20,000 speeding tickets were given in the Bronx in 2020. The penalties for a speeding ticket in the Bronx can vary based on how fast you were driving and whether you were speeding in a special zone (such as a work or school zone). Fines and surcharges can range from just a $150 fine or so to over $1000 in fines, surcharges and assessments as the severity of the speed increases. The assessment is a fee payable to New York State that kicks in once a driver accumulates more than 6 points–speeding tickets can range from three to 11 points. Almost every speeding violation will have a negative impact on insurance as well.
Disobeying a traffic device.
Another common traffic violation in the Bronx is disobeying a traffic control device, such as disobeying a no turns sign. Traffic control devices are defined as “all signs, signals, markings and devices placed…for the purpose of regulating, warning or guiding traffic.” This violation carries two points on your license as well as the typical fine and surcharge.
Using a cell phone while driving.
While an increase in bluetooth and hands free tech in cars as well as general education of the public regarding distracted driving has led to a slight decrease in cell and device tickets, there were still over 6,000 such tickets issued in the Bronx in a recent year. It is always an aggressively enforced section of law.
The penalty for any kind of cell phone use while driving will result in five points on your license, a fine and potential insurance increases.
An officer might issue a ticket for an improper turn if you start (or in some cases finish) your turn in the incorrect lane. The most basic rule to follow with this is that a vehicle must be in the left lane to make a left turn or the right lane to make a right turn unless there are some signs or markings allowing the turn from additional lanes as well. Improper turn convictions come with two points on your license in addition to the fine, surcharge and potential impact on insurance.
Steep Penalties for Traffic Violations
Accruing 11 points on your driving record in any 18 month period means that your license may be suspended. The inconveniences and potential costs associated with 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 fines and fees and assessments. The Driver Responsibility Assessment fee alone for someone who hits 11 points would be $675 and will continue to increase $75/point beyond that.
These are the points you will accrue on your license for the most common traffic violations:
- Speeding – Three points for 1 to 10 miles per hour over the speed limit, four points for 11 to 20 miles per hour over the speed limit, six points for 21 to 30 miles per hour over the speed limit, eight points for 31 to 40 miles per hour over the speed limit, and a big 11 points for speeding 41 or more miles per hour over the speed limit. If you’re caught going 75 miles per hour where the speed limit is 30 miles per hour, that alone is potentially enough for you to lose your license.
- Disobeying a traffic device – A conviction for disobeying a traffic control device will get you an automatic two points on your license.
- Cell phone use – A ticket for any kind of cell phone or portable electronic device use whatsoever – even if you’re “just checking directions” or “just moving it” to a better spot in the car– will result in fivepoints if you are convicted.
- Improper turns – A conviction for an improper turns ticket will earn you two points on your license.
Tickets Affect Insurance, Too
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 and the more of a “risk” you appear to be to cost your insurer money at some point, the more your premiums are likely to go up.
This is one major reason to fight your traffic ticket with an experienced Bronx traffic ticket attorney. If you choose to simply plead guilty to your traffic violation and pay the ticket because it’s the easier and more convenient option then you could be setting yourself for steep increases in your car insurance rates.
Not properly exploring all your options to fight your ticket could end up costing you significantly more than just the ticket fine itself if you are ultimately convicted.
What You’ll Have to Do After Getting a Traffic Ticket
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 Bronx Traffic Violation Bureau (TVB).
We recommend that you do your research before making any decisions on your case. If you are handling the matter yourself, we’d recommend responding to your ticket online whether it’s a guilty or a not-guilty plea. Of course, if you’re not sure what to do, you should consult with an attorney who can help point you in the right direction.
Defenses We Can Use to Fight Your Charges
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, 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.
Consider just one part of one particular summons–the machinery used to measure speed when a speeding ticket is issued.
- The officer could omit testimony altogether regarding his testing of or training with the radar or laser unit used in the issuance of a speeding ticket.
- The officer might offer some testimony regarding the equipment but there could be contradictory information in his notes that we review.
- The officer might offer some testimony regarding the equipment testing and training but there’s nothing in his notes at all which might raise another set of questions in court regarding how he can be certain of what he did and when he did it.
An experienced Bronx traffic ticket attorney knows what the judges are looking and listening for and can help you find these types of omissions, contradictions, and flaws in police officers’ notes or recollections and can use that information to help you win your case.
Let Us Fight for You
Our New York traffic ticket lawyers use 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, call Feifer & Greenberg today at (888) 842 – 5384 or contact us online to schedule a 100% free, no-obligation case evaluation.
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