Driving around New York City can be harrowing at times under the best of circumstances. Then, you see those blue lights flashing in your rear view mirror and your heart skips a beat. You probably wonder as you slow your car, “Did I miss a stop sign or forget to signal that last turn? How fast was I going?”
If you were driving faster than the speed limit, you probably received a ticket. You may even have received a speeding ticket if you don’t believe you were speeding. In either case, it may surprise you to learn that the best thing to do may not be to just quietly pay the ticket and be done with it.
Going to court to fight a ticket can be a hassle. You may have to take time off work, get yourself to the courthouse, the weather might be lousy that day, and you could stub your toe on the way into the courthouse. You may be able to come up with other excuses not to bother with it.
It’s easier to slip a check into an envelope with the ticket and drop it into the mailbox. However, if you do that, you’re going to have points on your driver’s license. And those points are going to cost you a lot of money over the next several years. More money than that check you wanted to write to make the ticket go away. Much more.
…and, under New York law, it’s only for 18 months anyway. Right? How much could that possibly cost? Well, as it turns out, it can cost more than you might think.
For one thing, insurance companies have their own point systems. They can increase your rates based on your driving history, including moving violations older than 18 months. Additionally, speeding infractions start at three points and go as high as eleven.
Current points values for NY speeding tickets:
Between the fine itself and various surcharges, you could be looking at nearly $1,000 or more—and that’s before your insurance company raises your premiums. Under New York law, your insurance company can’t raise your rates for a single speeding infraction of 15 mph over the limit or less, but that only applies if you have an otherwise clean driving record.
For this reason, it’s probably wise to fight any speeding or other traffic ticket you may receive. In this way, you’ll maintain the perfect status of your driving record and keep your insurance costs to a minimum. Should you receive a second speeding ticket in New York after admitting guilt by paying the first one, your insurance costs would go up dramatically.
Multiple convictions for speeding will compound your troubles. Some New York judges will suspend your license for multiple speeding violations—some will even suspend your license for a single infraction of over 30 mph. Attorney James Medows has years of experience defending drivers against speeding tickets and has saved countless New York motorists from losing their driving privileges.
It only takes three speeding convictions within 18 months to get youautomatic and mandatory 6-month revocation of your driver’s license. At that point, you may find yourself needing to budget for cab fare in addition to your fines and other expenses.
If you’re ticketed for speeding in New York, you have the option—and the right—to go to court to fight your ticket. There could be hundreds, even thousands, of dollars at stake. There is no reason you should quietly admit guilt and pay a fine when you may not have to.
You are innocent until you either admit fault, or until the court finds you guilty. By working with a New York speeding ticket lawyer, you may be able to have your ticket dropped or reduced. Don’t you owe it to yourself to try?
Call or text me, James Medows. My cell phone is my business line. 917-856-1247
I’ll listen to your story and tell you how I can help. There’s no charge for our initial consultation. I’ll be there when you need me.