Everyone knows that it’s no picnic driving a big-rig in New York City. In fact, it’s next to impossible on some of our streets – and when police give you a ticket, it’s almost like adding insult to injury.
You may be doing your best to navigate your way through New York traffic when you accidentally block the box, speed or conduct a maneuver in your truck that results in a trucking violation ticket, but that doesn’t matter to the state. All the state wants is for you to pay your fine, accept the points (which could result in the suspension or revocation of your commercial driver’s license) and go about your business.
The good news? You don’t have to pay the fine, and you don’t have to admit guilt. In the state of New York, paying the fine and admitting guilt go hand-in-hand. If you pay, you’re essentially telling the state, “I’m guilty! I did it!”
If you get too many points on your commercial driver’s license, the state will take it away. How will you work? What will you do if you lose your job?
Your livelihood depends on you having a CDL, and too often, NYC trucking tickets lead to the suspension or revocation of a driver’s license. What’s worse is that you could lose your job just for being too close to losing your license; your employer may have a threshold that they won’t allow you to go past.
That’s why you should lawyer up immediately after you receive a ticket in NYC.
Paying the fine usually isn’t your best option. Consider this: if you pay the fine and admit guilt, you could be like thousands of other truck drivers in New York who have lost their jobs and had to pay exorbitant fees to try to get the conviction removed.
Most often, it’s best to get in touch with an attorney who can protect your rights as a NYC driver from the beginning, whether the ticket came right off a police officer’s pad or through the mail as a result of a violation caught on camera.
Sometimes it seems like police are out to get truck drivers in the city. Many truckers come to us with tickets that seem ridiculous – and, in many cases, unavoidable.
Some of the most common trucking tickets that police give in New York City include:
What’s most unfortunate is that many of these types of tickets are beyond your control. Some drivers – and you may be one of them – operate trucks that are used around the clock; the only thing that changes is the driver. Equipment violations are often sketchy, as are logbook violations and overweight trucks.
When you work with a trucking violation lawyer in NYC, you’re doing two things: you’re protecting your legal rights and you’re ensuring that the city and state don’t get away with giving you an unfair ticket. In essence, you’re holding them accountable for not only the safety of everyone else on the roads, but their obligations to you, as a NYC driver.
Working with a CDL lawyer can help you:
Sometimes you can argue that the ticket isn’t valid. Perhaps the camera was misaligned or malfunctioning; maybe the police officer wasn’t in a position to see you break the law and his judgment was erroneous.
There are a number of defenses to trucking violation tickets, and your lawyer will carefully evaluate your case to determine exactly what happened and how you may not be liable for it.
Traffic court moves quickly. Once you receive a ticket, you have a limited amount of time to respond, and the state expects you to either plead guilty and pay the fine or to schedule a hearing to deny your responsibility for the ticket.
You don’t have time on your side.
Call me at 917-856-1247 or email me as soon as you get a trucking violation ticket. My business line is my cell phone, which means you’ll get my undivided attention when you call. No answering service, no secretary putting you on hold – just me, waiting to protect your rights as a truck driver.