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How Do I Fight An Improper Turn Ticket In New York?

How Do I Fight An Improper Turn Ticket In New York?

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Matthew Weiss

Matthew J. Weiss, Esq. graduated Hofstra Law School in 1984. He was Law Review and won the law school’s prestigious Procedure Award. Upon graduation, he became one of the first Hofstra Law School graduates to work at the New York State Court of Appeals (New York State’s highest court) working on various appellate matters.

Comments (10)

Tanya - April 22, 2017 11:17 am

Hi … in Brooklyn, I was given a summons for making an illegal left turn, coming off the Manhattan Bridge, on to Tillary St. I was behind another car, who was behind a bus. It appears that only the bus can make this turn. The car in front of me was not stopped, but I and and the mini van behind me, who also made the left turn were. I’m confused because I was in the proper lane and the light displayed a green left arrow to proceed. Obviously, I wasn’t paying attention to the correct signs. Although I would just like to pay the fine, I would like to avoid receiving points. How can I avoid receiving the points? I’ve never had points before.

    Matthew Weiss - April 22, 2017 3:09 pm


    In NYC, the only way to avoid points from a traffic ticket is by pleading not guilty and beating your case at the hearing.

    Matthew Weiss

James - April 20, 2017 2:32 pm

If one pleads guilty to an improper turn ticket, when would 2 points show up on the record: will the points be dated the date of the offence or the date of pleading guilty? And how long do they stay on the record? Thank you.

    Matthew Weiss - April 21, 2017 7:18 am


    Points remain on your record for 18 months for DMV purposes and, once your convicted, the points count retroactively to the date of offense.

    Matthew Weiss

Nimish Patil - April 17, 2017 12:07 pm

I got a ticket for improper ‘right’ turn in upper manhattan as I made a right turn from the center lane. However to my defense, I recently moved to Nyc from CT and the center lane had no sign marked. The first lane (left most) had a ‘straight only’ sign marked with white paint on the road surface & the third lane (right most) had a ‘right only’ sign marked whereas the center lane had none. I realize that per the rule, I should have used the rightmost lane. However, given this situation, is there a chance I’d be able to fight the ticket? Please advise. Thanks.

    Matthew Weiss - April 17, 2017 3:41 pm

    Nimish Patil,

    You may not turn from a center lane in New York State unless there are pavement markings authorizing such a turn. Otherwise, no markings are needed to restrict such improper turns. With that said, there are other ways to fight this case. However, if you have an otherwise clean record in New York, then it probably not worth fighting. Further, a NY conviction will not transfer as points onto your CT license.

    Matthew Weiss

L.reid - March 5, 2017 6:39 pm

What is a improper LEFT TURN-2 WAY?

    Matthew Weiss - March 5, 2017 9:07 pm


    The phrase “improper LEFT TURN-2 WAY” means that you are being charged with making an illegal left turn from a two-way street to a two-way street. In such instances, you need to stay just to the left of the center line from and to your turn.

    Matthew Weiss

Joan Doolittle - November 1, 2016 1:23 pm

This traffic offense called the ” move over” is nothing more than a money making scheme for New York State praying on innocent people who didn’t do anything wrong issuing them a ticket basically they can’t find it and less they pay for an attorney and that’s expensive so either way you lose. I have read countless numbers of comments from people who got the same ticket and maybe 50% of them were innocent . For me I had to pay because I couldn’t go to New York which is four hours for me and I couldn’t afford an attorney and I didn’t do anything wrong it was raining I slow down that was bumper-to-bumper traffic but yet I still got the ticket . It’s a shame that certain cops are power greedy.

    Matthew Weiss - November 3, 2016 12:02 am

    Joan Doolittle,

    I’m sorry to hear about your experience. Sadly, this law is often used to “catch” motorists rather than other legitimate purposes.

    Matthew Weiss

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