Sometimes it is difficult to know exactly when you are allowed to change lanes, but when you get a ticket for improper passing, you should always fight it. The consequences for a conviction are far-reaching and expensive, and they extend far beyond just paying the fine.
Discussing your options with a Queens improper passing ticket lawyer from the Law Office of James Medows is the first step in getting your passing violation dismissed.
Passing another vehicle in an intersection or crossing solid lines to pass is against the rules and can cost you a small fortune in fines, fees, and time. There are a number of ways that you can receive one of these tickets, and not all of them are going to be your fault.
In many cases, passing violations are assessed according to a judgment call made by a police officer. If the officer feels that you passed in unsafe circumstances, you could be cited for it. However, video surveillance or witness testimony might dispute the officer’s version of events.
New York uses a system of driving points to track and punish traffic violations such as improper passing. The points can add up quickly and leave you paying fines and surcharges for years. You could even lose your license if you accrue too many in a short period of time.
If you get enough tickets—or even one serious violation—and reach six points, you will have to pay a driver responsibility assessment fee of $100 plus $25 for every point over six. This fee is annual and lasts for three years.
Along with this assessment fee, you will lose your license if you reach eleven points or more in eighteen months. Restoring your drivers license typically requires fees for classes, time to take the classes, finding a ride to the classes, and many other inconveniences and expenses.
The defense employed will depend on the circumstances that led to your passing ticket. For example, the officer might accuse you of passing in a “blind” area where you couldn’t see oncoming traffic. However, it might be that you began your passing maneuver in a clear area and the driver being passed sped up so that you couldn’t complete the maneuver.
Essentially, if we can successfully challenge the officer’s recollection of events, it’s possible to get your ticket dismissed and avoid the points being assessed to your license.
If you or someone you care about has been cited for a passing violation, it’s important to challenge the ticket. You never know when the next citation will be the one that can’t be beaten.
Contact the Law Office of James Medows to determine how to beat your ticket. Simply fill out the form below or call us at 917-856-1247 to schedule a free, confidential consultation with a Queens improper passing ticket lawyer.