Have you been pulled over for speeding in the Jamaica area of New York City? Odds are that you are facing a substantial penalty in terms of both points and a fine. While the first speeding violation isn’t usually a huge deal, especially if it was at a lower speed, higher speeds and past violations can add up and create a legal headache.
In any event, you might not have to accept the violation and the penalties that come with it. A qualified Jamaica speeding ticket lawyer at the Law Office of James Medows can help you figure out if you have other options.
New York assigns a rather broad range of points to speeding violations, depending on how fast you were going. The points range from three to eleven according to how many miles over the speed limit you were traveling at. Fines also vary depending on your speed, generally averaging anywhere between $45 and $600. First offenses cost less, and second and third offenses tend to be almost double or triple the first.
While many states will automatically suspend your license when you accumulate a certain number of violation points, New York also applies a driver assessment fee to drivers who have six points or more in an eighteen-month period. Once you are in the program, you’ll have to pay an annual surcharge for a total of three years. The fine is $100 per year for the first six points plus $25 per year for each point over the first six.
A total of eleven points on your license means suspension. This can be avoided by taking a DMV-approved Point and Insurance Reduction Program (PIRP) course. Although these courses will subtract four points from the number used to calculate whether your license will be suspended, it is still an inconvenience and a hassle. Plus, the course will not save you from the fines associated with the driver assessment fee program, nor will they come off your record any faster.
As if the fines aren’t enough, you also risk higher insurance premiums as your points accumulate. Some insurance companies will give you a break if you take a PIRP or some other defensive driving program, but some will not. If you have too many points, your insurance company may opt to cancel your policy at renewal instead of just raising your rates. The more points you have, the harder it will be to find good insurance without going to a high-risk plan.
Furthermore, if you think your speeding ticket was unfair or questionable, you shouldn’t just pay the fee. The Law Office of James Medows can help you get justice. If you have received a speeding ticket in the Jamaica area, call our office immediately at 917-856-1247 or fill out the form at the bottom of the page to get started with a free consultation with a Jamaica speeding ticket lawyer.