Running a red light can happen to anyone, and it’s easy for the officer to be mistaken. Get the defense to beat your ticket by working with a Queens red light ticket lawyer.
Driving around Queens and the rest of New York City can be a headache at the best of times. While navigating city traffic can be frustrating, no matter how you feel, it’s important to follow the letter of the law when it comes to traffic rules. Not doing so can be incredibly costly.
If an officer pulled you over for running a traffic light and gave you a ticket, you are probably wondering how best to move forward. Fortunately, a qualified Queens red light ticket lawyer from the Law Office of James Medows can help you navigate the process and get the best results.
In the state of New York, traffic violations come with points on your drivers license, ranging from two to eleven, with most being three or five. Disobeying a traffic control signal, a stop sign, or a yield sign comes with an automatic assessment of at least three points.
While this might not seem like a lot, if it is combined with another violation—whether at the same time or within the past eighteen months—you could end up with more trouble than you had anticipated, much of which could be avoided by working with a Queens red light ticket lawyer.
New York law states that anyone who accumulates six or more traffic violation points within an eighteen-month period must pay a fee to the Driver Responsibility Assessment Program. Getting pulled over and receiving two tickets at once, or even just getting one if you had an old one on record, means you’re automatically going to pay an additional $100 per year for a period of three years. You’ll have to add $25 to that total for every point over six. The DMV will send you a statement, and failure to pay may result in the suspension of your license.
If you accumulate eleven points or more, you face possible license suspension. You can avoid this by taking a Point and Insurance Reduction Program (PIRP) class approved by the DMV. Upon completion of the class, the DMV will subtract four points from the calculation used to determine if you will be suspended. This will not permanently remove the points from your record, nor will it reduce the amount of your driver responsibility assessment fine.
While one violation may not impact your insurance, your carrier might assess a higher premium at renewal if you have other violations. Major violations and high point accumulations may cause your insurance company to terminate your policy, and in some cases, you could end up having to buy insurance through a high-risk state program.
The financial ramifications of running a red light or violating any other traffic law may not seem significant alone, but they add up quickly and can snowball into a very difficult situation. It’s best to have a qualified traffic attorney on your side throughout the process to make sure you get the best results.
If you have received a red light ticket in the Queens area call the Law Office of James Medows at 917-856-1247 or fill out the form below for a free consultation with a Queens red light ticket lawyer.