Can I Really Do Jail Time for My NYC Traffic Violation?

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Can I Really Do Jail Time for My NYC Traffic Violation?

Have you accumulated a significant number of traffic violation points in New York City? Are you worried about punishment and the possibility of jail time? While jail time isn’t common, it is a possibility if you get a traffic ticket in the NYC area.

When Does Jail Time Apply for a Traffic Ticket?

Believe it or not, a judge can issue up to thirty days in jail for a speeding violation. Of course, most judges won’t impose a jail sentence unless there are extenuating circumstances, such as extremely reckless driving. You are more likely to receive jail time if you are ticketed for traveling at an egregiously excessive speed or if you were speeding while driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.


There are also a number of charges you could receive in conjunction with a traffic ticket that could result in jail time. For example, if you attempted to evade police before pulling over, this could also result in a jail sentence. The same applies if you became belligerent or aggressive when the officer ticketed you.

Avoiding Jail Time for a Traffic Violation

Although traffic tickets seem like minor offenses, they can come with very serious penalties—including jail time. While jail time isn’t a given when you get a traffic ticket, it’s always a possibility. This is just one of the reasons why it’s important to have an experienced legal team on your side to assess your case and help you avoid jail time and other penalties. Going to jail for a traffic violation is no small matter and should be taken seriously.


If you have received a citation for a traffic violation and are worried about jail time, we might be able to help. You don’t have to just accept the ticket and the penalties that come with it. Let the Law Office of James Medows determine if you have other options available for your defense. Call us at 917-856-1247 or complete the contact form on this page for a free and confidential consultation.

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