When you receive a traffic citation in New York and want to fight it, we are here for you. While we are happy to help anyone stand up for their rights after being ticketed, we can assist you with much more. There are other penalties and issues you may be facing, or situations in which you need the expert advice of a local attorney.
When you receive a traffic citation, your insurance provider will look at you as a higher risk than the average driver. In New York, you are protected by state law when it comes to insurance increases due to minor traffic violations.
If your violation is a more serious one, you may be facing rate increases that you simply can’t afford. A traffic ticket attorney can help to reduce or eliminate your traffic charges, resulting in a decreased likelihood of your insurance rates being affected.
Suspensions and Revocations
There is a difference between a suspension of your driver’s license and a revocation of it, but both can have serious implications. When your license is suspended, you lose the legal right to drive for a specific period of time. When your license is revoked, your driving privileges are permanently canceled for a period of time.
You may apply for a new license after your period of revocation is over, but it may be denied. We understand what you may be forced to deal with should you lose your driving privileges either temporarily or permanently, and we can assist you.
Out of State Drivers
There is such a thing as the Driver License Compact. It is an agreement between states in which information is exchanged regarding suspensions and traffic violations. There are currently 45 states involved in this compact as well as the District of Columbia. If you are visiting New York and receive a traffic citation, you need to contact our office as soon as possible.
Paying your fine in New York without fighting the charges could have serious consequences in your home state. We know the details of the compact, and we can help you make the best choices when it comes to your citation.
Canadian drivers are bound by a unique set of regulations when it comes to driving in a state in which their home city has a reciprocal agreement. If you are from Quebec or Ontario and receive a traffic citation in New York, it is in your best interest to reach out to our team. If you don’t fight your ticket or do and are found guilty of your charges, your home city will treat your infraction as if it occurred on your home territory.
If you have been ticketed in New York, call our office to set up a case evaluation so that we can help you.
The New York State Driver Responsibility Program was started in 2004. As part of that program, drivers who accumulate a specific number of points on their license are subjected to more fees. If you have a New York license or one from another state, you will be subjected to this assessment after you have six or more points in the last 18 months. There are other instances in which you will be ordered to pay assessments.
These fees can quickly add up and are paid annually for a set period of time. Call our office today if you are bordering on being ordered to pay an assessment, either due to the seriousness of your charges or because of your accumulated total points.
NY Licensed Drivers
It is typically in the best interest of any driver to reach out to our office if they receive a traffic citation. You face penalties if you choose to pay your ticket instead of fight it, or if you are found guilty of your charges in court. These may include points on your license, suspension or revocation, assessments, higher insurance premiums and even unemployment.
Our team understands the intricacies of New York traffic law and will fight for your rights in court. We will help to mitigate the penalties and, in some cases, have your charged reduced or dismissed altogether.
As a CDL holder, you have to be especially careful when it comes to paying a traffic ticket in New York rather than fighting it. The penalties for a commercial driver found guilty of a traffic infraction are often more severe than those for a driver with a typical license. Even if your charges are not severe enough to warrant a suspension or revocation of your license, your employer may choose to terminate you if receiving a conviction of a traffic violation is against their policy.
Reach out to our team as soon as possible after receiving your citation, so we can get to work on your case.
If you are found guilty of a traffic violation, you may be subject to:
- Fines and surcharges due to the court. These alone may justify the expense of a traffic ticket attorney.
- Points added to your license
- License Suspension and Revocation – Either due to a specific type of violation or an accumulation of points, convictions can lead to suspension of your driver license. Convictions for certain types of violations can lead to full revocation of your driver license.
- DMV Driver Assessments – Potential state surcharges based on point accumulation.
- Unemployment – If you drive on behalf or your company, accumulation of points makes you a greater insurance risk and could result in your termination.
- Raised insurance premiums – Convictions, even if they carry no points, make a motorist a greater risk to insure and therefore subject to higher insurance rates
- Criminal record – Some traffic related charges rise above a violation and can be a more serious misdemeanor.
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