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No matter how minor you might think your traffic violation is, it can have dramatic unforeseen consequences for both your finances and your future. Find out how to beat your ticket by working with a Harlem traffic ticket lawyer.

The penalties caused by traffic tickets can add up fast, and if you are caught by surprise, you could even lose your drivers license. The fines are substantial, and the insurance rate hikes can be even worse, so fighting every ticket is important.


If you have been charged with a moving violation, you should discuss your case with a Harlem traffic ticket lawyer from the Law Office of James Medows.

The Driving Points System in New York

New York, like most other states, uses a point-schedule system that is monitored and enforced by the Traffic Violations Bureau (TVB). The more serious the infraction, the higher the fine and number of points charged.


If you reach six points or more within an eighteen-month period, you will have to pay a Driver Responsibility Assessment of $100 for three years. If, within those eighteen months, you accrue eleven points, your license will be suspended. A suspended license can be a much heavier burden than the fees and fines. Your ability to get to work, get your kids to school, and run daily chores will be greatly reduced.


Your Auto Insurance Rates Are at Risk

Points are also used by insurers in determining how likely you are to get into a crash and cause them to have to pay out on a claim. They have their own point schedule, and with nearly every point your rates will rise until you are such a high-risk driver that they do not renew your policy. At that point, you would have to seek out insurers that specialize in high-risk drivers. Their premiums make driving a car a very expensive practice.


Common Harlem Traffic Violations

Some of the more common traffic violations include fines, which will increase with the number of violations you have received in your current eighteen-month window. Most citations will include court costs such as the $93 surcharge that will be added to each case.


  • Speeding tickets vary in severity according to whether you were going 10 to 40 or more mph over the speed limit. They can result in fines between $130 and $1,060, and your license will be assessed between three and eleven points.
  • Using your cell phone while driving costs between $50 and $450 in fines and gets you five points.
  • Following too closely (tailgating) can net you between $85 and $535 in fines and four points.
  • Failing to obey a traffic signal or a traffic sign carries a fine of between $100 and $1,000 and three points.
  • Reckless driving is sometimes a catch-all charge for officers, but it is different because it is a misdemeanor with much harsher penalties. You’ll receive a fine of between $185 and $1,210, 30–180 days in jail, and five points.


Traffic violations of any sort are always serious charges with hefty penalties. This is especially true of reckless driving, because these offenses will stick with you for the rest of your life.


We will work hard to get the charges dismissed or reduced, and the faster we get involved, the better your chances for a successful outcome. Your Harlem traffic ticket lawyer will need to be quick to gather fresh, untainted evidence and all potential witness testimony.


Contact a Harlem Traffic Violation Lawyer

If you are facing the daunting prospect of fighting a traffic violation, you should make sure to consult with a Harlem traffic ticket lawyer from the Law Office of James Medows before proceeding. Our firm might be able to keep your charges and points from becoming a part of your driving history. Call us at 917-856-1247 or fill out the form below for a free, confidential consultation.

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