Queens is home to both NYC airports LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy Airport. Queens also has many of the highways connecting the city to the beaches and summer life. Beyond the population of Queens itself, there are many outsiders driving the streets of Queens every day. This can lead to terrible traffic as well as a very large number of tickets issued to people who may not be as familiar with the local roads and restrictions as residents tend to be. Overall, approximately 259,000 tickets answerable in Queens are issued every year.
The New York Police Department issues tickets every day for all types of violations. In Queens, one of the most common tickets issued is speeding. Between fines, surcharges, and insurance a speeding ticket can amount to a significant expense. Speeding tickets can also lead to a license suspension faster than most tickets as they carry anywhere from 3 to 11 points on your license.
At Feifer & Greenberg, we always offer free consultations. Call us at (888) 842-5384 or contact us online today to learn about all of your legal options after you get a ticket in Queens.
Why Fight Your Traffic Ticket in Queens?
One of the most common questions we get concerns legal fees which can sometimes be the same or more than the minimum fine due on a ticket. People want to know why they shouldn’t just pay the ticket if it’s going to cost almost as much to take the time to fight it on one’s own or to pay an attorney to fight.
The answer is generally that it’s not just about the fines due. There are points to consider as many convictions come with points and as points accumulate two things can happen. First, at six points an assessment is due ($300 + $75 for every point beyond six). Next, at 11 points, suspension is a real possibility. Point accumulation can quickly be very damaging.
There’s also auto insurance to consider. As convictions hit a record, they are there and remain there for 3+ years to give an insurance company a chance to see them and to potential raise rates accordingly. Just the slightest increase in insurance rates can dwarf the cost of fighting a ticket with an attorney.
The Most Common Traffic Violations in Queens
While you’ll see just about every type of moving violation issued at some point in Queens, some violations are simply more common than others. Speeding violations are one of the most commonly cited every year in Queens. On average, about 32,000 tickets are issued for driving 11-30 miles per hour over the speed limit. This is a violation of New York’s speeding ticket law, VTL §1180.
Another common violation is disobeying a traffic control device (generally a sign or a pavement marking). Disobeying a traffic control device is a violation of New York’s traffic control device law, VTL §1110(a). If you are found guilty, you could face fines and two points added to your license.
What to Do After You Get a Ticket in Queens
After you get a ticket in Queens, your first step is to decide whether to plead guilty (accept the ticket) or not guilty (fight the ticket). You’re given 15 days to make your decision. You can either make your decision known on the online portal, or by filling out the back of your ticket and mailing it to the address listed on the ticket. Using the online portal is recommended so there’s no delay in the transaction and you get quick confirmation everything has been properly processed.
If you choose to fight your ticket, you’ll be assigned a time and date to appear in court. Usually, you will appear in the Traffic Violations Bureau (TVB) office closest to where your ticket was issued. There are two TVB offices in Queens. These offices are open weekdays from 8:30 am to 4 pm. On Thursdays, hours are extended until 6 pm.
30-56 Whitestone Expy, 2nd Floor, Flushing, NY 11354
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Speak to a Queens Traffic Ticket Attorney Today
If you’ve been issued a traffic ticket and charged with a moving violation you should know that it’s pretty easy to get some good, quick, free information regarding what you are facing and what options you have. Call the Queens traffic ticket attorneys at Feifer & Greenberg today for a free consultation. We’ll review the details of your ticket with you and help you decide the best option for your situation.
Call us at (888) 842-5384 or contact us online today to learn more.