New York City has some of the most stressful traffic in the country. NYC is also home to some of the most aggressive drivers on the road. Sometimes you may even feel like you have to be assertive or you’ll never get anywhere in the city. This can lead to situations that require a NYC traffic violations lawyer.
Unfortunately, that means you may find yourself committing the occasional traffic violation. Occasionally speeding or trying to beat a red light doesn’t make you a bad driver. However, if police pull you over for a traffic violation, you may find it costing you big.
That is, if you don’t contest the ticket.
While it may seem the easiest thing to do is to pay the ticket to make it go away, that may not always be the best course of action. For one thing, paying the ticket equals admitting guilt, ensuring a conviction for the traffic violation. This can have costly implications for you, for as long as three years after the moving violation.
When you pay a ticket, you are pleading either guilty or “no contest” to the offense. Even if you did commit the traffic offense, it may be beneficial to fight the ticket, as you could get the fine and points dropped or reduced. If you hire an NYC traffic violations lawyer, you may not have to appear in court yourself.
“Why all the hassle,” you may wonder, “It’s just a little fine.”
Well, the fine may not be so little—it’s usually $100 or higher. What’s more, it may only be the beginning of your expenses if you admit guilt. One or more NYC traffic violations can hit you with expenses such as:
Under the state of New York point system, most moving violations add two or more points to your license, where they remain for 18 months. Some traffic violations, such as speeding more than 30 mph over the speed limit, can add eight or more points to your driver’s license with a single ticket. It’s always helpful to have an NYC traffic violations lawyer.
Even a couple points can drain your pocketbook by causing your insurance company to raise your rates. While this rate hike is temporary, your insurer can keep your premiums high for as long as three years after a traffic violation, so the cost can really add up.
Accumulating six or more points in any 18-month period means the DMV will collect even more money from you. The New York driver responsibility assessment will cost you $100 a year for three years—and that’s just for six points. Each additional point on your license is another $25 per year.
Further, if you accumulate 11 points within 18 months’ time, your license is subject to suspension. Adding the cost to reinstate a suspended or revoked license to the expenses already detailed here can really put pressure on your personal finances.
There are DMV-approved defensive driving courses you can take to reduce your points by up to four, but they are lengthy and providers do charge a course fee. You’re better off with an NYC traffic violations lawyer.
Fighting a ticket is often the best course of action. You may be able to save yourself from a laundry list of expenses, and in some cases prevent the state from revoking your driving privileges. Even if you did commit the traffic violation of which you’re accused, you may be able to have your fine or points reduced or even dropped.
Simply showing up in court to refute the police officer’s assertions is not likely to get you far. Arguments based on legal principles and local precedents are generally more likely to result in the favorable outcome you seek. This is why working with a dedicated, experienced NYC traffic violations lawyer can be such an advantage to you.
Your traffic violations lawyer can help you determine what course of action is most likely to get you a positive outcome. Your attorney can appear in court with you—or even for you—and negotiate on your behalf. While you may not know how to cross-examine a police officer, an experienced NYC traffic violations lawyer like James Medows has the experience to do so skillfully.
I’m attorney James Medows, and I’m here to help you. Before you decide to pay that traffic ticket, call or text me at 917-856-1247.
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