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NYC Speeding Ticket Lawyer

A speeding ticket is more than just an annoyance. To prevent the financial and personal consequences of your ticket, team up with a speeding ticket lawyer in NYC.

As a New York City driver, you likely do everything you can to be safe on the road, especially when you consider how difficult it can be to drive in the city. There are some cases, however, when no matter what you do, you’re still given a ticket unfairly. This is especially true of those who are given tickets for speeding.

While it may seem like it’s simply easier to pay the speeding ticket and move on, the truth is that one small action could lead to a world of trouble, both financially and in your day-to-day life. The best course of action in these cases may be to go to court and fight the ticket.

But taking on this task can be tough, especially if you are not familiar with the law and the proceedings you’re about to face. Fortunately, the team at the Law Office of James Medows is here to help.

With the representation of an NYC speeding ticket lawyer, you’ll have a good chance of securing a favorable outcome and protecting your finances and driving privileges.

Penalties for Speeding in New York

To start, it’s important to understand what repercussions you may face if you choose not to go to court and fight your speeding ticket. Aside from the fine you will be expected to pay, pleading guilty to a speeding ticket by opting out of court could potentially lead to a suspended license.

The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) operates on a system of points when it comes to moving violations. Most infractions have a set amount of points you’ll receive on your record. For example, if you fail to use your turn signal, you will receive two points on your license.

Speeding violations, however, operate a little differently. Rather than imposing a set number of points, the number you’ll receive will be based on how fast you were going. This is dangerous because, if you receive eleven points or more in an eighteen-month period, your license may be suspended.

The following list details the license points you could receive for different levels of speeding in NYC:

  • Going between one and ten miles over the limit is three points.
  • Going between eleven and twenty miles over the limit is four points.
  • Going between twenty-one and thirty miles over the limit is six points.
  • Going between thirty-one and forty miles over the limit is eight points.
  • Going forty-one miles or more over the speed limit is an automatic eleven points and a suspended license.

How Speeding Tickets Affect Your Insurance

It may seem like the points on their own—and the potential to lose your license—are a bad enough punishment. But choosing not to fight your speeding ticket will affect more than just the number of points on your license.

Each infraction you’re found guilty of in NYC becomes part of your driving record. As a result, your insurance premiums could go through the roof. Most insurance companies take into account any infraction within the last five years, so if you are found guilty, you could be looking at costly premiums for the next half decade.

Other Ways Your NYC Speeding Ticket Can Affect Your Life

Everyone knows that there’s always a fine attached to speeding tickets, and most even realize that the fines increase with the speed at which you’re accused of traveling. What some people may not realize, however, is how many other ways a speeding ticket can affect their life and happiness.

The following are just a few of the negative impacts your NYC speeding infraction can have on your life, if you’re convicted:

  • You Could Go to Jail – Believe it or not, it’s a real possibility. If you are a repeat offender, were traveling at a rate significantly over the speed limit, or caused an accident because of your speeding, you can certainly go to jail.
  • Your Finances Can Be Affected – Depending on your ticket and how many infractions you’ve committed in the last eighteen months, you will receive a hefty fine. Sometimes, you can also receive surcharges, and if your license is suspended, it could be very expensive to get it reinstated. This can create a snowball effect in your life that can be difficult to overcome.
  • Free Time – After you lose your driving privileges, you’ll still have to get around somehow. That means you’ll be walking, taking public transportation, or waiting around for a ride to come and pick you up. This equals a lot of time wasted, and time is the only thing you can’t have back.
  • Family Life – When one person in a family suffers these consequences, the entire family also suffers. This can create tremendous strain on family dynamics, which could lead to other problems.

Why You Need an NYC Speeding Ticket Attorney

Choosing not to fight your speeding ticket and simply paying the fine—admitting guilt, essentially—can have severe and long-lasting effects on your financial situation and your ability to get around. That’s why it can be so helpful to go to traffic court in New York City and do everything you can to mitigate the repercussions.

However, choosing to go this route isn’t something you can always handle alone. To find success in this venture, you may need to enlist the services of an NYC speeding violation lawyer.

This could be helpful for a few reasons. To start, it’s incredibly easy to say the wrong thing and inadvertently admit guilt to a speeding ticket. If this is the case, going to court will likely have been for nothing, wasting your time and energy to obtain the same result in the end.

But a lawyer from our firm can help you avoid this outcome. We will handle all communication and statements on your behalf. Because we know exactly what to say and how to say it, your case will be framed in the way that relieves you of as much guilt as possible.

We will also be able to use our in-depth knowledge of New York traffic laws to minimize your risk of being punished. In some cases, we may be able to negotiate with the judge on your behalf to reduce your charges to an infraction with fewer points involved. In other cases, we may even be able to get your ticket thrown out completely.

Defenses Your NYC Speeding Violation Lawyer May Use

To help you get the results mentioned above, your NYC speeding attorney will do everything in his or her power to prove your innocence to the judge. Each case differs, but a few defense strategies tend to work well for NYC speeding cases.

Some of these speeding ticket defenses include the following:

  • The officer who issued the ticket only gauged your speed visually, giving him or her an inaccurate reading of how fast you were truly going.
  • The officer in question gauged your speed by pacing you.
  • The radar device gave a false reading about your speed.
  • You were dealing with a health emergency that caused you to speed.
  • Your speed was justified given the road conditions.
  • You weren’t speeding; it was the vehicle next to you.

What Kind of Evidence Can Help Fight Your Speeding Ticket in NYC?

When you’re in traffic court, you will have to fight your traffic offense using evidence, which is likely very similar to your idea of criminal court. Traffic violations are considered crimes, albeit minor ones.

Just as in any other case, you must demonstrate to the court that you’re innocent of the speeding infraction you’re being accused of—if not innocent, at least justified in your behavior. Of course, you’ll need evidence to do that.

The officer who ticketed you will have evidence, as well. So it’s important to make sure you have as much convincing evidence as you can gather. Here’s a list of evidence commonly used to defend against speeding infractions.

  • Witness Statements – Witnesses could include passengers in your vehicle, bystanders, or others whose statements may corroborate your evidence.
  • Photographic and Video Evidence – You should take photos of the scene where the speeding infraction allegedly took place. If video evidence is available (if someone took a video with a camera phone, for instance), you can use that, too.
  • Diagrams – Draw diagrams for the court to show the area where you were ticketed and the speed posting signs. Perhaps speed posting signs had been knocked down during a storm along the route you were traveling, so you had no way of knowing what the speed limit was.

The above are just examples. You can use any evidence that would help your case.

NYC Speeding Ticket FAQ

Below, we have answered some common questions our NYC speeding violation attorneys receive from clients. Please don’t hesitate to call us if you have any additional questions.

How can I check how many points I have on my license in New York?

The New York DMV allows NYC residents to check how many points they have on their license online. You will need the document and ID numbers from your most recent drivers license. If you are concerned about the number of points you have, contact us.

Is there any way to have the points on my license from speeding reduced?

Yes. The DMV has approved a Point and Insurance Reduction Program course that allows you to remove points from your record. However, it’s usually better to not receive the points in the first place. We’re here to help with that.

I was ticketed for speeding and running a red light in NYC. Can you help with violations other than speeding?

Yes. The NYC lawyers at our office can help reduce charges or have tickets thrown out for a variety of traffic offenses. Some examples include stop sign and red light infractions, reckless driving, texting while driving, failure to yield, improper passing, tailgating, and more.

Let an NYC Speeding Ticket Attorney Fight Your Ticket

If you were recently issued a speeding ticket, you need to act quickly to avoid serious consequences. Don’t wait to get in touch with our team at the Law Office of James Medows. We’ll be happy to help you fight your ticket in court and avoid fines, points on your license, and difficulty with your insurance premiums.

To schedule a consultation with an NYC speeding ticket lawyer from our team, contact our office directly at 917-856-1247. If you would prefer to reach out to us online, you may fill out our online contact form at the bottom of the page.

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NYC Reckless Driving Lawyer

A reckless driving citation could result in high fines, increased insurance rates, the loss of your license, and even jail time. To find out if your ticket can be beaten, consult with an NYC reckless driving lawyer.

Anyone who’s had to deal with traffic court knows that it isn’t something you want to deal with again. However, what you may not realize is that in New York City, reckless driving won’t send you to traffic court. In New York State, a reckless driving conviction is an automatic misdemeanor—making it a criminal charge. To avoid high fines, license points, and even jail time, hiring a professional NYC reckless driving lawyer from the Law Office of James Medows may allow you to avoid these penalties and keep your record clear.

 

What Is Considered Reckless Driving?

The New York statute states the following:

Reckless driving shall mean driving or using any motor vehicle, motorcycle, or any other vehicle propelled by any power other than muscular power or any appliance or accessory thereof in a manner which unreasonably interferes with the free and proper use of the public highway, or unreasonably endangers users of the public highway. Reckless driving is prohibited. Every person violating this provision shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

This means that there is a very broad brush that law enforcement can use to portray your driving as reckless.

Whether you’re driving at excessive speeds, swerving in and out of traffic, going the wrong way by accident, or running a red light, you could be considered to be driving recklessly and could receive a very serious ticket as a result. Because reckless driving can be so broadly defined, it’s important that you have an experienced NYC reckless driving lawyer on your side to make sure you get the best possible outcome.

 

Penalties of Reckless Driving

Reckless driving charges carry serious penalties. If this is your first offense, you are facing the following penalties:

  • A maximum fine of $300
  • Up to thirty days in jail
  • Five points on your driving record

Once you hit your third offense for reckless driving, the fine is $1,125, you could spend 180 days in jail, and you can have five points added to your driving record. As points add up, you can even lose your license because of this offense. There are also court fees you will have to pay in addition to the fine.

Because there is such a broad definition of reckless driving, there is also a broad area of defense. An NYC reckless driving lawyer from our firm will know the ins and outs of the law and can help you fight your reckless driving charge in court. It is within your best interests to explore your legal options rather than just accepting the charge and its penalties.

 

Contact a Capable NYC Reckless Driving Lawyer

Whether you think you are guilty of the reckless driving charge against you or not, an NYC reckless driving lawyer from the Law Office of James Medows may be able to help you get your charge reduced or dismissed. With the help of an experienced traffic lawyer, you could be able to keep your record clear and your insurance rates low. If you are facing a reckless driving charge, call our office at 917-856-1247 or fill out the contact form below.

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