What Happens if You Plead Guilty to a Speeding Ticket?

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What Happens if You Plead Guilty to a Speeding Ticket?

Your life isn’t over, but a speeding ticket can lead to financial strain, lost time, and stress. Facing these kinds of problems, you may be tempted to just plead guilty to the ticket and get the hard part over with.

That would be a mistake. Pleading guilty eliminates your chance to escape the harsh punishments for speeding tickets in New York. Instead of pleading guilty, work with a New York speeding ticket lawyer at the Law Office of James Medows.

Fines, Fees, Assessments, Points, Suspended Licenses, and Jail Time

Every traffic violation carries a range of fines and a precise number of license points, and many can also involve jail time. There are also the consequences of those points. Once you hit six, you have to pay a three-year annual driver responsibility assessment of $100, with another $25 for every point above six.

Pleading guilty to a speeding ticket automatically sets you up to face penalties.

License Revoked

If you plead guilty to a speeding ticket that will add enough points to your license to exceed eleven within the last year and a half, you’ll lose your license. After a set period of time, you have to pay a reinstatement fee for a probationary drivers license. Probationary drivers suffer stricter penalties for any infraction.

Insurance Problems

Now that you have a few or a dozen points on your license, you are closer to being considered a high-risk driver by your auto insurer.

That means your rates can increase with every point. Eventually, your insurer may “decline to renew our agreement with you,” or something similar.

This will leave you reaching out to high-risk insurance companies that cost so much that you might decide the bus doesn’t sound so bad after all.

Hire a Speeding Ticket Lawyer

Luckily, you can fight back. Don’t plead guilty. Work with a lawyer instead. The odds of winning jump dramatically when you hire the right New York speeding ticket lawyer.

You need one who has experience with your particular traffic violation and the court you’re assigned to. These connections can make everything move quickly and smoothly so you can get back to living.

At the Law Office of James Medows, we pride ourselves on treating every client with respect, kindness, and honesty. To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation, call us at 917-856-1247 or enter the information requested at the bottom of the page.

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