Speeding tickets in New York are probably the traffic ticket we receive the most questions about. NY speeding ticket points range from three to eleven (enough for a suspension from a single speeding ticket) depending on how far over the limit you were driving. Speeding tickets are not good for your driving record and certainly not good for your automobile insurance.
Motorists who have been issued a speeding ticket will usually claim one of the following:
- I wasn’t driving as fast as the officer said I was
- I was driving above the speed limit but I have a good reason
- I was just keeping up with traffic
- I was speeding and I simply got caught
As speeding ticket lawyers, our strategy generally does not depend on which category applies to our client. The issuing officer is likely to offer the same testimony regardless of the category in question. In the officer’s opinion, you were speeding, it wasn’t justified and it doesn’t matter how fast anyone else on the road was driving. If you have reasons you feel you were not guilty, don’t expect the officer to agree (he wouldn’t have issued the ticket if that was the case).
In some cases, it is possible for an individual to have a defense or justification for speeding that couldn’t be explained to the officer (or the officer simply wouldn’t accept) during the car stop. Of course, we’ll be happy to discuss any potential defense or justification in your case. That said, we make sure you understand that offering a defense or justification is a strategy that must be considered carefully. It’s basically an admission as far as the speed in question. If the judge doesn’t agree with or believe the defense or justification, you’ve admitted to speeding and the judge doesn’t think you had a good reason for driving too fast.
Speeding Ticket Law
Section 1180 of the NYS Vehicle and Traffic law will be the most commonly cited section on a NY speeding ticket. This section includes information regarding school zone and work zone speeds as well.
In NYC, while many will be charged under Section 1180 of the VTL, we’ll also see some people charged under Section 4-06 of the NYC Traffic Rules. This is a section specific to NYC that also sets forth the default speed limit of 25 mph where there are no signs indicating a higher speed limit.
Speeding Ticket Methods
While there are a number of different technologies and methods used to measure speed of a vehicle, the three seen most with respect to New York speeding tickets are radar, laser, and pace (clock and follow). All methods of measuring speed may have a similar purpose but they achieve their objectives and are operated quite differently. Read more about the different methods used to measure speed.
In any speeding case, an officer must be prepared to offer certain evidence and set forth certain testimony to the court. Feifer & Greenberg attorneys are highly experienced and familiar with all the issues involved with a speeding ticket. Whether we proceed to trial or negotiate a plea bargain, our speeding ticket lawyers will do everything possible to minimize the damage caused by a speeding ticket in New York.
What Can An NYC Speeding Ticket Lawyer Do?
Expect your speeding ticket in NYC to be handled by the Traffic Violations Bureau. Due to the no plea bargaining policy at the TVB, many people ask what a NYC speeding ticket lawyer can do to fight a speeding ticket issued in a TVB jurisdiction (NYC, Suffolk, Buffalo, Rochester).
NYC Speeding Ticket Lawyer Goal No. 1: Case Dismissed
In a TVB system with no plea bargaining, we’re forced to proceed to trial on every case. The outcome of a trial is either going to be we win (case dismissed–no points, fine, or evidence of the ticket on your driving record) or we lose (guilty as charged, points and fines and surcharges as prescribed by law).
Our number once goal with speeding tickets issued in NYC is to find a way to get the ticket thrown out in it’s entirety. Sometimes we get lucky, but as TVB in general cracks down on the easy wins (officer fails to show more than once, officer loses his notes, tickets get lost in the system) the lucky wins become fewer and further between. More often dismissals come from using our experience and knowledge with respect to TVB trials and fighting a ticket at the TVB in general.
NYC Speeding Ticket Lawyer Goal No. 2 (IF POSSIBLE): Reduction to the next lower speeding category.
There are five speeding categories: 0-10mph over the limit (three points), 11-20 over (four points), 21-30 over (six points), 31-40 over (eight points), 41+ over (11 points). In certain cases, it is possible at the TVB to slide down a lower category.
This is not a plea bargain. It’s technically an amendment of the original speed to a different speed based on the officer’s testimony. For example, if a motorist is charged with driving 71mph in a 50mph zone, a speeding ticket lawyer in a NYC TVB office may be able to turn the ticket into a 70 in a 50.
A few notes on these reductions:
- Every judge has different rules with respect to this. Not all will do it, they have different procedures for when and how the request is made and some are willing to go down only one or two mph and no more. The officer’s “visual estimation” is an important part of this procedure as is the officer’s “tolerance” (how close his visual estimations are on average to actual speed traveled). This is not something you can just walk into court and request. It is imperative that your speeding lawyer understands how each judge in the particular TVB court handles these situations and where it may or may not be an option to consider.
- No judge can move down more than five mph. The TVB won’t allow it.
- In some cases, we do NOT want to pursue this. For example, clients on the verge of losing their license even if convicted of a lesser speed. We also do not want to request it if we think we have a good chance to get the ticket dismissed outright at the hearing or on appeal.
- A case is no longer appealable if this motion to amend is granted. It’s essentially admitting to driving the lesser speed. Again, a lawyer should only pursue this where a guilty finding on the original charge seemed certain and an appeal was just short of guaranteed to be useless anyway.
- Certain reductions like this can be very helpful. The example above of 71 to 70 could save two points and $300 in assessment charges.
That’s it with NYC speeding tickets. If it’s not dismissed or reduced one category lower, unfortunately, you’ve been found guilty as charged. That can happen even if you’re working with the best NYC speeding ticket lawyers. I would never list it as one of our “goals”, but it is possible. As always, we can’t guarantee results. We can only guarantee that we will do everything possible to achieve a favorable outcome in every case and that we will honestly assess someone’s chances of success during their initial consultation.
Speeding in a Work Zone
In the state of New York, speeding in a work zone has stiffer penalties than an average citation. Driving above the speed limit through a work zone will not only increase your fines and other penalties, but it can cause a dramatic increase in your auto insurance premiums.
Speeding through a work zone is considered a serious offense. Drivers who move recklessly through these zones endanger the lives of construction and road workers. In fact, speeds through these areas are typically lowered in an effort to keep these men and women safe. Hundreds of workers are injured or killed every year due to reckless drivers.
Under state law, a “work zone” is any location along a roadway or highway where workers, their equipment and supplies are located. Drivers should note that the absence of workers does not mean that the area is not considered a work zone. If there are barriers and/or signage, the area is designated a work zone even if no work is actively taking place.
In New York, driving up to 10 miles per hour over the posted work zone speed limit results in 3 points. Driving 11 to 20 miles per hour over the limit will net 4 points on a driver’s license. In addition, fine amounts of a typical citation are doubled. If a driver is caught traveling 21 miles or more over the speed limit and found guilty of the offense, 6 points will be given and the driver must pay the NYS Driver Responsibility Assessment.
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Speeding Ticket FAQs
Can I lose my driving privileges for speeding?
Certain speeding tickets in New York can add 11 points to a driving record, and 11 points is the number at which suspension becomes a real concern. An 11 -point speed is a big one (41+ mph over the limit). Smaller speeds can cause problems if you already have other points or issues on the record. Three speeds of any size in an 18-month period is an automatic 6-month revocation.
What are the NYC speed limits?
The default speed limit in NYC is 25 mph. This means unless you see a sign stating otherwise, the limit is 25 mph. There is nothing higher in NYC than 50, even on the highways.
Does the officer need to show me his radar or laser?
No, this is a common misconception. The ticket (and your interaction on the roadway with the officer) serve only to let you know what you were charged with and where/when it happened. While some officers may be a little friendlier and offer more information than others, they aren’t obligated to show or say anything when they hand you a properly completed ticket.
What if I was speeding just to avoid an accident or pass a vehicle?
We all do what we have to do while driving, but if you get a ticket, the officer might not see it the way you do. Officers will always argue that “if they saw a near accident” they wouldn’t have issued a ticket. They are also likely to argue that they observed your speed to be constant over some distance (not just a mere quick “passing” of a vehicle). True or not, presenting such reasoning for speeding is unlikely to assist in one’s defense.
The officer was in _____ position. How could he possibly measure my speed?
We hear a lot of people argue that the officer couldn’t possibly have an accurate measurement because he was moving or driving the other direction or behind someone or in front of someone or facing the wrong way, etc. The officer will always be required to testify the position of his vehicle and how (what method) the speed was measured. It’s unlikely an officer will come to court without plausible testimony regarding the measurement.
How does the officer know it was MY car that was speeding if others were too?
First, the officer will need to be willing to testify that he never lost sight of your vehicle from the first observation of your vehicle until the car actually stopped. Second, regarding whatever method he relied on to measure your speed, he’d need to establish that equipment was working properly and was used properly (and thus able to isolate and identify your individual vehicle). There may have been other cars also speeding but it’s yours that the officer will need to talk about in court.
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