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Harlem Speeding Ticket Lawyer

By working with a Harlem speeding ticket lawyer, you might be able to avoid the worst of the penalties you face or possibly even get your speeding violation dismissed entirely.

Speeding is a heavily penalized moving violation in Harlem and the rest of New York City, especially in light of the city’s Vision Zero program. The punishments for speeding, both monetary and otherwise, can drag a family into debt and cost you your drivers license.


If you have been charged with a speeding infraction, your first step needs to be speaking with a Harlem speeding ticket lawyer from the Law Office of James Medows.


Harlem Speeding Penalties

The potential fines and jail time that you face increase with the amount over the speed limit you were allegedly driving at. These are the penalties in New York and the speed thresholds they apply to:


  • At 10 mph over the speed limit, you will be fined between $90 and $150, sentenced to spend up to fifteen days in jail, and receive three points on your drivers license.
  • At between 11 and 30 mph over the speed limit, your fine and jail sentence are doubled and you get between four and six points.
  • At anything above 30 mph over the speed limit, the fine doubles once again, the jail sentence stays at up to thirty days, and you will receive between eight and eleven points.


These penalties will all include other fees, like the court surcharge fee of $88 to $90. There are places where these fines can be increased significantly, such as work zones, school zones, and sections of highways.


All of these penalties are for the first offense within eighteen months. If you receive another speeding ticket of any severity, the penalties could be greatly increased and you will lose your license if you get three speeding violations within that same eighteen months.


Once your license is suspended or revoked, your troubles can keep piling up. The fees, fines, surcharges, and other costs for losing your license are substantial, which is why you should contact a Harlem speeding ticket lawyer from our firm immediately.


Speeding Infraction Defenses

Many people don’t realize it, but it is actually possible to defend against a speeding ticket and get your charge reduced or dismissed completely. Which course of action is best will depend on your specific circumstances, but here are a few of the more common examples:


  • Emergency – If you had a valid emergency at the time you were pulled over, it might be possible to persuade the traffic court to empathize with your situation and be lenient.
  • Faulty Equipment or Method – Depending on how the officer determined you were speeding, it might be possible to question the accuracy of the method used. Perhaps the radar gun wasn’t properly calibrated or maybe the officer’s use of pacing can be questioned.
  • Heavy Traffic – If the traffic was particularly heavy, we might be able to argue that you are the victim of mistaken identity. Alternatively, it might be that traffic was moving so fast, that it would have been dangerous for you to drive any slower.


Get Help from a Harlem Speeding Violation Attorney

All of the costs and consequences associated with speeding will keep adding up, so fighting your ticket is the only way to protect your future. If you have been ticketed for driving too fast, you should speak with a Harlem speeding ticket lawyer from the Law Office of James Medows about the best way to formulate your defense. Call or text us at 917-856-1247 to schedule your free, confidential consultation. You can also fill out the form on this page to have us contact you later.

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