Speeding. Running a red light. Blocking the box. These are all traffic offenses in New York, and they could leave you with huge fines, increased insurance rates and even the suspension of your driver’s license. You don’t have time for that – nobody does – so what are you supposed to do? Pay the fine and hope the points aren’t too bad? No. Don’t pay the fine. Paying the fine is how the state of New York gets you to admit guilt – and when you admit guilt, things start to go downhill.
There are literally dozens of reasons police can give you a traffic ticket in New York, from improper passing to failing to see a “School Zone” sign. Police don’t even have to be physically present to ticket you – there are cameras all over the city that can capture your license plate number, and you can open your mailbox to find that you’ve been slapped with a huge fine for something you don’t even remember doing.
You don’t have many options once you’ve gotten a ticket, whether a police officer handed it to you at the scene of the incident or you received it in the mail. Most people make the mistake of writing a check, dropping it in the mail, and accepting the points on their driver’s licenses. That’s not always the smart choice, though. The consequences of a traffic ticket can really pile up quickly, and if there’s any way to contest it, it’s usually a best to do so. At the very least, you should explore your options before you mail the state a check.
Every traffic violation has its own specific penalties. Some things, such as blocking the box, result in a fine; other offenses, such as speeding and violations that could jeopardize cyclist or pedestrian safety, can put points on your license. When you rack up points on your license, you could be looking at:
If your license is suspended or revoked, how will you get to work? How will you take your kids to school? How will you do anything?
You can’t ignore a traffic ticket. That’s the quickest way to get your driver’s license suspended. However, when you pay the fine, the state considers that an admission of guilt. You’re caught between a rock and a hard place. You don’t want to admit guilt, because you’re almost sure to face increased car insurance costs and, in many cases, points on your license; at the same time, you can’t ignore it because the state could issue a warrant for you or revoke your driver’s license.
Some traffic violations are criminal, such as drunk driving or leaving the scene of an accident. Other violations aren’t considered criminal, but they’re still violations of the law. Some of the most common in the city include:
If you’re found guilty of a criminal offense in conjunction with a traffic ticket, you’ll have much more than fines, fees and points to worry about – the state aggressively prosecutes criminal driving offenses. You could end up spending time behind bars or on probation with a criminal conviction, and that can affect your entire future.
If you get a traffic ticket in New York, the first thing you need to do is lawyer up. You need someone fighting in your corner; someone who will ensure that nobody violates your legal rights. My cellphone is always on. It doesn’t matter what time you call. I know that you don’t want to talk to an answering service or wait for a lawyer’s secretary to get back to you when it’s convenient. Call me at 917-856-1247 or email me now. You don’t have the luxury of time, and I can help you quickly.