A speeding violation can cost you a great deal of time, money, and inconvenience. Find out how to beat your ticket by working with a Jackson Heights speeding ticket lawyer.
Speeding tickets sometimes seem like an inevitable part of driving in Queens, but accepting them is rarely the best option for you and your family. The immediate costs of any ticket are high, but the long-term consequences can cost you far more than just the fine.
To protect your finances and driving privileges, you need to contest your speeding violation and try to have it dismissed. Contacting a Jackson Heights speeding ticket lawyer from the Law Office of James Medows is the best way to beat a speeding citation.
Speeding tickets are broken up into tiers, and the penalties increase with the speed you are accused of and the number of speeding violations already on your record.
You will be fined and have points charged to your license, which will affect your total points for eighteen months. You can even be charged with driving at inappropriate speeds, which is a very subjective decision made by the police officer.
If you were accused of driving dangerously fast or of weaving in and out of lanes, you may be charged with reckless driving, as well, which—unlike other traffic violations—is a criminal misdemeanor offense.
These fines are substantial, but they are only a onetime cost, whereas if you reach six points in eighteen months, you will be charged an annual driver responsibility assessment fee of $100 plus $25 for every additional point over six. This annual surcharge lasts for three years.
The consequences are even worse when you reach eleven points in the same amount of time. At this point, you will have to pay the assessment fee and you will lose your license until you jump through some expensive hoops and take a driving class.
There are a few defenses that your Jackson Heights speeding ticket lawyer can use to get your violation dropped or reduced. Which defense will work best depends on the circumstances you were ticketed in.
For example, the officer may have caught the wrong vehicle in the radar, something that is particularly likely in busy traffic conditions. There are also many rules regarding the testing and maintenance of these devices, and if there were any problems with calibration, there may be opportunities to exploit.
Additionally, there are plenty of times when speeding may have actually been justified, such as a medical emergency.
If you are facing a traffic violation of any kind, you need the best defense to avoid expensive fines and insurance hikes. Contact the Law Office of James Medows to find out what your options are.
Call us at 917-856-1247 or fill out the form below to schedule a free consultation with a Jackson Heights speeding ticket lawyer.