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The fines are bad enough, but the driving points associated with a cell phone ticket can wreck your driving record. Find out if your ticket can be beaten by consulting with a Brooklyn cell phone ticket lawyer.

Using a cell phone while driving is generally viewed as dangerous, and in New York, there are laws against using any electronic device while behind the wheel. This is sometimes hard to avoid, especially considering that most of us use a GPS app to navigate the roads or call for directions. There could be any number of legitimate reasons to use your phone while driving, or perhaps the officer was completely mistaken.


If you were ticketed for using an electronic device while driving, your first step should be to speak with a Brooklyn cell phone ticket lawyer from the Law Office of James Medows.


NYC Cell Phone Laws

Distracted driving, which includes texting or making a phone call, is quickly becoming one of the deadliest causes of car accidents. The focus on curbing this has been intense in Brooklyn and the rest of NYC, so the rules and penalties have evolved substantially over the last several years.


There are two criteria that directly deal with cell phones and other electronic devices:


  • Improper cell phone use
  • Use of a portable electronic device


What constitutes “use” isn’t always straightforward. Basically, if you hold the device and do anything at all, it’s illegal. This includes all of the following actions:

  • Talking on a handheld phone
  • Texting, emailing, or browsing the Internet
  • Taking pictures or recording video
  • Using apps or playing video games


Penalties for Device Use While Driving

If you are convicted of using a cell phone or other portable electronic device while driving, you will be assessed a fine, five points, and a surcharge of up to $93.


  • First Offense – $50–$200 fine and five driving points
  • Second Offense Within Eighteen Months – $50–$250 fine and five driving points
  • Third or Subsequent Offense Within Eighteen Months – $50–$450 fine, and five driving points


Why Fight a Cell Phone Ticket?

The fines associated with a cell phone ticket are bad enough, but the real penalties are the driving points. The five points you get from this one charge will put you one point away from hundreds of dollars in annual surcharges and just six points away from losing your license. All of these costs and losses are why you need to fight your ticket as if it is the last one before you lose your license.


Your Brooklyn cell phone ticket lawyer will use the evidence we collect to show that you were not “using” your phone or that it was being used appropriately as a GPS device. It might also be possible to argue that the officer was mistaken and that you weren’t using your phone at all, or that you were, but that your device was hands-free— meaning that you shouldn’t be penalized.


Get a Free and Confidential Case Evaluation

Whether this is your first cell phone ticket or you are an experienced texter-and-driver, you need to fight the ticket. It is hard to prove much regarding cell phones and small electronics, so there will always be weak spots in the case against you.


The first thing you should do is discuss your case with a Brooklyn cell phone ticket lawyer from the Law Office of James Medows. We can provide you with a free and confidential legal consultation. Call or text us at 917-856-1247 or fill out the form on this page to get started.

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