A ticket for disobeying a traffic signal can lead to steep fines and cost you your license. Avoid these harsh penalties by working with a Manhattan red light ticket lawyer.
Getting pulled over for running a red light at some point is almost as inevitable as getting a speeding ticket. We all try to beat the occasional yellow light, and sometimes an officer refuses to believe that you were fully in the intersection before the light changes to red.
Receiving a ticket doesn’t mean you simply have to accept it, however—nor should you. Moving violations of any sort can have very real consequences for your finances and your right to drive. It can be a challenge to convince a traffic court that you are innocent, but you can improve your chances for getting your ticket dismissed or reduced by working with a Manhattan red light ticket lawyer from the Law Office of James Medows.
While the penalties for a red light violation in New York State vary according to the population of the city you were ticketed in, it’s safe to say that you’ll be up against the maximum penalty if you’re cited while in Manhattan or anywhere else in New York City:
The above penalties are incurred when you receive your ticket from a police officer. Things are less severe if you get ticketed by a red-light camera, but your charge can still be contested. In this circumstance, you’ll have to pay a $50 fine, but you won’t have any points added to your drivers license.
Even if these initial penalties don’t seem so bad, you will still want to fight your ticket. In fact, this goes for any traffic ticket you receive. New York uses a driver point system. If you receive six points within eighteen months, you’ll have to pay an annual surcharge of $100 every year for three years. Every point over six means an extra $25 gets added to the total. One red light ticket puts you halfway to receiving a surcharge.
Even worse, at eleven points within eighteen months, your license will be suspended, and it’s not easy to get it reinstated. You never know when you’ll get another moving violation, and it might be that the next one can’t be beaten. This is why you should contact a Manhattan red light ticket lawyer and fight your ticket as if it’s the one that will put you over the limit.
You don’t want to deal with the penalties of a traffic violation, and you certainly don’t want to deal with increased car insurance rates. Contact the Law Office of James Medows and find out how to beat your ticket. Schedule a free and confidential consultation with a Manhattan red light ticket lawyer by calling or texting 917-856-1247 or by completing the contact form on this page.